Theresa C. on Henline Mountain Trail
Great hike, can't wait to do it again.
Hiked this yesterday with the family. It was a good hike. We got to the lookout and it had great views. Me and my oldest son went on to hike to the actual summit. I'm glad we did that so I wouldn't have to wonder about the view at the summit. Basically, there is no view at the summit. A partial view from one side, but covered with trees. I recorded my entire track. The trail to the summit is in good shape. Very steep in sections, but manageable. I don't think I would hike this again, but for one time it was great.
This is the best hike I've gone on to date. If you dare to go all the way to the summit, it makes the two vertical miles worth it. It's insanely difficult but extremely rewarding at the end of the day. The hike may have been easier if I would have gone in the summer because of snow and more dangerous conditions. But nonetheless it was a great hike and I would definitely do again.
I say this about so many of my hikes, but I think this is one of my favorites! This is also one of the more difficult one-day hikes I've done. You immediately start gaining elevation steeply at the trailhead on switchbacks and you don't stop until you get to the top. Walking ridge line at the top is my favorite part! There are a few good viewpoints along the ridge to the summit. Don't be fooled by the false summits along the way. The actual summit is some 1.2 miles along the ridge after the plateau. From the summit I could see Table Rock and the valley below to the west and to the east: Battleax, Jefferson, Jack, Washington, and the Sisters. Such a beautiful view! The trek up is tough on the lungs, but the trek down is tough on the knees!
Yes yes yes! I loved this hike. Check out Henline Falls, and don't miss the old cave behind the waterfall.
I went on the waterfall trail and loved it so much I came back for the mountain trail, and I was blown away by how beautiful the scenery was during these winter months. I wouldn't recommend coming during the winter because the snow was deep and the climb to the top was almost unreachable, but it was so worth pushing though it. We did the hike Christmas 2014 since our family doesn't celebrate the holiday.
Bring waterproof shoes, a parka, and preferably waterproof pants as well. My brother and I very reasonably "day hiked" the mountain and had lunch at the top while we froze our asses off. It was terrific. Will come back someday.
This was indeed a leg tiring hike. Lots of switchbacks and a couple nice views. The top is amazing and we got there on a calm day. My 12 year old dog did this hike with us and there were some rock fields that were challenging for her and us. The hike down was just as hard as up. A great hike.
This hike is catagorized as Moderate difficulty but let me assure you it is a meet grinder! I counted 14 switchbacks with very nice views from outcroppings at 8th and 11th. There was no problem with snow until crossing the ridgeline at the two mile point. There were fresh tracks in the snow so I continued quite a ways but did not reach the true summit. I believe I came within a few hundred feet but decided to save it for some other time rather than put my safety at risk. The view over the Elkhorn valley was very literally breath taking. I got a late start leaving the trailhead at 2:05pm and reached my turn around point at 4:17pm.