hiking

lake

2 months ago

Great moderate hike with a stunning variety of views.

Extreme.... Good luck!

This hike goes through an old growth cedar ecosystem. It is a easy 2.8 miles to the first main creek crossing from the Ross Creek Cedars parking lot. After crossing the creek it is a short distance to the junction of trail 321 and 142.. Trail 321 heads up the south fork to the water fall. The last section is pretty steep and the tread reworked this summer. You go through a section that burned in 2015. The crew did a lot of work and a great job. I would rate the waterfall a 6 of 10. It is probably more spectacular earlier in the season. I had 4 miles on my gps to the water fall from the parking lot.

Lots of fish and the trail was pretty easy except the last mile which was pretty steep. Trail was well maintained

fishing
3 months ago

Long hike but trail was pretty clear and brush wasnt the bad for the last 2 miles

fishing
3 months ago

Great hike and well maintained trail

Nice trails. Well maintained and good signage

With the traverse of the screw slope this trail should be rated difficult

backpacking
3 months ago

this is an awesome hike for families with youth! the huckleberry picking was huge:-)
the usual road to get there was washed out and closed. so take Trestle Creek Road until it connects back to Lightning Creek Road. the signage is great! the last two miles are very rough. I would suggest a 4 wheel drive

It was great!! The first part is really easy. The last mile pretty is rough. The trail crew was out working on it. The waterfall was nice but I would rate it a 6 out of 10.

on Leigh Lake

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was fairly strenuous despite the short distance. There appear to have been a few significant rock slides which made portions of the trail a bit treacherous and very difficult to follow, particularly on the return trip. The lake and waterfall were both spectacular and there are many berries in the area ripe for picking.

on Leigh Lake

backpacking
4 months ago

Decent hike, not many campsites at the lake, pretty steep accent and trail finding made it more difficult.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great trip! Friendly mountain goats galore. Scramble up to the ridge on the north side for spectacular views.

backpacking
5 months ago

The Forest Service has a decent map of all of the trails connected in the area that you can pick up in the Libby office. The "knowledgeable" employees were all "in training" when we got there, so a kindly temp and office worder gave us a printout of trail info and I helped myself to map. The FS printout lists this trail as 500 feet vertical, so we chose it. Of course, it is actually 3000 feet if you study the map. Your tax dollars at work. Camping at upper lake is ok but close to water. You will want to try to keep your footprint minimal and not tear branches off live trees for your fire. Use the dead branches or just go up the ridge trail a few hundred yards and collect blow-down wood for your fire. Day hiking from upper lake is great--you can go 2 directions with great views. The trail to the lake is a steady climb with lots of blow-down in a 1-mile stretch just inside wilderness boundary. Keeps out the horsy crowd. Mosquitos increase when you leave the hemlock-cedar forest in lower part. Would rate a 5 but the trail itself is a bit tiresome.

backpacking
5 months ago

Moderate blowdown in the wilderness area. Snow still blocking the trails above the lakes. Beautiful scenery.

5 months ago

Worth the steep hike. most beautiful Lake and waterfall I've ever seen!

Tons of trees down still... Barely any snow at the lower lake no though.