It was more difficult than we expected but we completed the entire loop, measured 7.8 miles for us. We started on the right trailhead (facing away from the road). There was a lot of elevation change but gorgeous open views which is hard to find in Douglas County. We hiked in February and there were some wet spots along the trail and a lot of standing water on the trail at the end, our feet got wet the last mile. Walking sticks helped on the inclines. We took our dog and he loved it. Saw a few deer. We will definitely be doing this hike again.
Ah, the Wild Rose trail...a pretty name for a pretty hike. I wish it was longer but that's okay. I would do this again. It's kind of hard to find, so do some research about its location before going. I'm actually glad it's an obscure hike. Makes it more enjoyable. :)
a nice place to take a stroll or jog to work out. did about 4 miles of it. honestly it's not meant for "hiking" or relaxing in nature, it's more a place to get out and move for exercise. lot of people out and about on a Sunday. i would consider it a little unsafe for a single gal out jogging or walking. saw homeless & drunks hanging out in parks and benches and disc golf and rivers edge. shade in areas and full sun.
I'm sure the overlook has some magnificent views but we had to turn back at the halfway point today due to a quick weather front coming in. We had torrential rain, hail, thunder and lightning come down on us. I didn't feel like being a lightning rod today. I'll get this one another day.
I just moved to the douglas county ty area and asked a few horse people where to ride and they recommended Dunning Ranch. I parked at west entrance because I saw horse trailers there. I don't know if there are other entrances. They i.proved gravel and dirt road is nice and the views are spectacular! However I recommend that your horse be conditioned before attempting this trail. My guy has been on winter lay over and it is nothing but up hill in steep climb for miles. Notoozing forward to being jammed in the pommel all the way back to the trailer. But letting him rest frequently we went quite far up and the views are just stunning. I feel like I'm the only person in the world.
We walked the part of this trail system that includes the duck pond behind Fred Myers off of exit 125. The path is well maintained and the pond and watershed is quite active with ducks, cranes, beaver, turtles and other wildlife. Many people out today. We walked the nature trail as well and were not impressed. Very run down, not maintained. See my track comments. However, the trail system on general is in good shape.
This trail is actually part of the North Bank Habitat Management Area and starts at its West Entrance. I, too, saw no bicycles on my hike but did run into one person on horseback who was finishing a ride just as I started mine. No others on the trail but it has been raining quite hard and I was looking for a nearby trail in order to intentionally hike in bad weather. Murphy's Law, it didn't rain at all during my trek. The trails are improved gravel roads and improved dirt roads. Note that on wet days the dirt turns to slippery mud and as the downhill part of my hike was quite steep, the mud was actually quite treacherous. I had to walk off to the side of the mud trail and hold onto small tree branches to keep from slipping. The views as you climb elevation are spectacular and this time of year you can see the patchy fog roll throughout the valleys. This is an old cattle ranch and there are some small buildings and remnants of those days scattered throughout the trails. My loop today took me down the Chasm Creek trail but there is not much to see. The creek is only visible in the lower portion of the trail and once you start climbing up this part, there are only trees to see. The entire management area is a great place to take kids (in better weather) and there are many other trails and loops to take besides this one.
Beautiful scenery and water. The guide book called it a class IV run, but there was only one rapid that even came close to a class IV; it was a picket fence with narrow slots and didn't have much much drop to it. We did it in 14' rafts, kayaks would have had an even easier run. The whitewater wasn't very challenging but that isn't the only reason to run rivers.
This trail is primarily used by horseback riders. (So far I've never seen a bike on it). There are actually loops that can be made. The terrain allows you to climb or descend at varying stages of steepness. When wet it can be slippery.
There are some pretty views of the river from the higher points.
Just wondering why the activity selection doesn't allow horseback riding to be included. Had to put something in or the program wouldn't allow me to submit.