Best Trails in Saint Joe National Forest

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on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 months ago

mountain biking

Most scenic mountain bike trail I have ever ridden Would love to see it expanded. Ride back up for a good workout. 2% grade for most of trail beautiful tunnels and trestles

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 months ago

Very nice easy going and great scenery. I only complaint is the cost to do it and the cost to ride back in the bus.

on Sand Mountain Lookout Tra...
2 months ago

It is a good hike, but there isn't really a peak. The trees clear near the "top" and give a good view of other slopes nearby. But then you go back into the trees and ends by connecting to another trail going either down or up away from the original trail. I chose to go up and it takes you alongside an ATV/motorbike path. I followed this new trail for 2 miles and got bored of it. (So there might be a peak, but after about 4.5/5 miles I turned back).

on White Pine National Recre...
7 months ago

The trail is part of the history of the Pacific Northwest, being part of a project to make trade flow more easily from the interior places of the Old Oregon Territory to the Pacific Coast businesses in California and Oregon State. I good beginners trail. It was the first trail that my fiancée and I hiked together.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
11 months ago

mountain biking

Beautiful day for a ride through the tree tops. The tunnels were cool and the trellises had a nice breeze. Our day of amazing views could have lasted forever. Bring water and some snacks so you too can enjoy a day of nature and man's work in the woods.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
1 year ago

road biking

Beautiful

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
1 year ago

hiking

Hiked from the west bound rest area over and up to the trail. First surprise was a $ 10.00 entrance fee.(even for hiking) the second was having to put on a bike helmet going through the tunnel even though I was walking.

Great day sunny and warm. Being the weekend trail was crowded with bikers. The long tunnel was nice and cool but for a hiker it was like trying to walk down the middle of I-90. Not a lot of room. The 2nd tunnel was better almost no traffic.

The view across the valley was awesome! And a constant breeze blowing. The trail was easy to use. Pretty much a logging road. I saw deer, chipmunks, and rabbits.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
1 year ago

mountain biking

on Snow Peak
1 year ago

hiking

This is where the mountain goats are! Beautiful hike, long but worth it. Some flat areas near the summit to throw up a tent, then wake up early to watch the goats lick the walls of the lookout tower. Once darkness hit we could see the lights of a highway way off to the south that figured could only be Highway 12 down by Orofino!! This is going to become an annual hike for us, those goats are damn majestic.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 years ago

mountain biking

Great fun and an easy downhill ride, we will do it again. Just make sure to bring a bright bike light for the tunnels, other than that it was great!

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 years ago

mountain biking

Very wonderful experience for my family!
I highly suggest taking the bus ride back to the top to not only save you time and energy, but if lucky, you will also get a little history lesson on the ride back up!

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 years ago

road biking

Simply awesome. Views are spectacular. Slight downhill makes ride easy.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
2 years ago

I have done this trail twice and I love it ! The only tip I would give is make sure your flashlight on your bike has fresh batteries!

on Sand Mountain Lookout Tra...
2 years ago

hiking

Simply breathtaking woods the moment you set foot on the trail. I didn't hike far since it took me quite a long time to find the trailhead. I will most certainly be returning to hike the full length and experience the spectacular views I expect to find at the peak.

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
3 years ago

mountain biking

Awesome family outing. Very enjoyable

on Bonanza Lakes
3 years ago

camping

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
4 years ago

road biking

on Hiawatha Rail Trail
5 years ago

mountain biking

Definitely an easy trail as it is a very low grade downhill ride the whole way. Very beautiful area, and cool sensation to be riding through the many tunnels (especially the first 1.5 mile tunnel in the beginning), and over trestles that span over tree tops. A great trip to do with the kids. For those interested in the areas history, there are interpretive signs that tell a great deal about the area as you bike your way down.

on Mallard-Larkins Loop
5 years ago

hiking

This trail was my first "real" backpacking trip, and was absolutely amazing! The forest was dense, the fly fishing was great, and the views were spectacular. If you have the chance to take this trip, by all means, do it! You will not regret your choice.