Hoodoo Canyon Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boyds, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was an interesting hike. My buddies and I stayed over the weekend at Emerald Lake, which was very low bur still very awesome. When you are at the lake there is not much exploring you can do, for you are inside canyon walls, but we had a great time. The trail is moderate and could be done by kids around twelve and up more easily if you had to go out and back the same day; for younger children be prepared to take your time and stay the night at the lake. Be advised there are only about 3 spots that you could actually camp at. Also, we are always looking for a little more challenge in our hikes so instead of taking the Hoodoo Canyon Trail to Emerald lake we took a left turn at the the sign just across the wood bridge and went nearly straight up to hit the the trail and headed North to Emerald Lake. Beautiful country; always a pleasure to be in God's country.
A word of caution - using the directions from the app leads to the Trout Lake campground, which is described in the "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest" hiking guide as an optional alternative route to Emerald Lake that is "an easier trail, well-constructed but less scenic" than the route through Hoodoo Canyon that starts from the north end and includes a view of Lily Lake.
To be fair, I wasn't able to find the actual trailhead at either end, and eventually gave up, so I can't speak to the quality of the hike either way.
Good hike. Fun swimming hole. Fun rock formation to jump off of. Bring some water shoes though, ground mostly covered in sharp rocks.
Gorgeous hike. Make sure snowpack has melted before tackling the forest service roads, we learned that the hard way.
Nice little swimming hole
This place is so worth the hike! The water is very refreshing, and the scenery is amazing! Definitely worth the time.
Definitely do this trail from the south end, although there is still a lot of climbing to get back out from the lake on your way home. Mostly an early season trail to warm up, not spectacular but nice wildflowers and views. Only person we saw was the trail crew on a Wednesday before Memorial Day. Be ready to remove lots of tics. Trail is well maintained and just brushed. It is steep into the lake but not difficult. Quite a few cool birds.
This is a beautiful walk, and can easily be done in 4 - 5 hours...It is actually 4.7 miles each way says the trail sign, but I tracked it with my SPOT Device, and it was 7,8 by Satellite Calculation ~smiles~
The first thing that we saw were huge rocks, and a Rubber Boa that was almost stepped on.
Emerald Lake can only be accessed by foot or horse, it is pristine and looks much like a Glacier Lake in color and depth...
Indian Paint Brushes, Yarrow, Morels, shooting stars and a plethora of other Spring Flowers were in FULL BLOOM ~smiles~.
Trout Lake has serious bug issues, as it is sitting water be sure to bring your NO-SEE-UM or something equally valuable, as they will go through polypro just as easily as flesh ~grins~, as do the biting flies... It is a non motorized lake and relatively clean considering it is a drive in campground.
Lots of ups and downs, something most of us LOVE ~smiles~
My son and I completed this trail on the first day of Fall, 2012. We had a bit of company in the campground at Trout Lake, but saw no one on the trail and enjoyed a lovely, solitary hike. The fall colors were beautiful and the hike was varied enough to keep our interest. The terrain is well maintained, and very do-able, but be aware that after the tun-off to Emerald Lake it becomes quite steep. I was glad I didn't have a full overnight pack! It was very interesting and had a few marvelous views. We'd like to come back and continue the whole way, but for a day hike, the bit from Trout Lake Campground to Emerald Lake was a great distance for us.
This was a pretty decent hike. Great for a season-opener, as it is free of snow earlier then others in the area. The trail is fairly shaded, and the canyon was very nice. The lake at the top was very pretty, but not a whole lot of sitting room, so it gets crowded if too many groups get there at the same time.
The attraction here is it can be hiked early when you are desperate. We hiked the north route, longer and "more interesting", but it was merely ok with no views to speak of until the lake, and the lake was just ok. Granted it was somewhat flooded at the time. Again, good for warming up as the assent was steep enough to get the heart pumping, but not an amazing hike, just a hike through the woods with a small lake at the end.
Trailhead was somewhat difficult to find and parking is limited. You will find the trailhead near the end of Trout Lake campground. If use of the bathroom is needed you might prefer stopping in Colville or Kettle Falls as the one on the campground was horrid.
Overall this trail is well worth the drive--came from Spokane. Emerald lake was very refreshing for us and the dog. We chose a hot day to go which made the hike out a little rougher but still very doable. I will probably try it again come Spring or Fall.
As you hike up this well maintained trail the views broaden as you go through stands of timber with abundant wildflowers. After about 2 miles you will get a view of Lily Lake.When you reach the bluff above Hoodoo Canyon the view will be spectacular and offers the hiker a good break for lunch.From the canyon ledge down to Emerald Lake the trail is very steep and recommended for experienced hikers only.