PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO to this trail if you want to leave behind any fairy "treasures." The locals are currently trying our best to clean up the mess and return the forest back to it's natural beauty. The paint and garbage is just ugly and it is against the law! If you are going to pack it in PLEASE pack it out! The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is absolutely STUNNING! Let's keep it that way! PLEASE alltrails.com remove this trail link if you care anything about our national forests.
Brad R. on Fairy Forest Trail
Not really a hike, but pretty cool nonetheless. My young daughters thought it was really neat to see all the different painted rocks, fairy houses, etc. A fun family activity for sure.
July 30 2016. There are 2 things I liked a lot about the Foreman trail; it is a loop trail, so you don't have to see where you've just been a 2nd time, and also that it is a true intermediate hike.
At the Lodgepole campground entrance there is a parking area for about 10 cars just before the fee station. We paid the day use $8 fee but maybe this isn't mandatory. Walk north along the paved campground rd that is parallel to the hwy, at the end of the loop go around a locked road gate and continue on the dirt road. A sign about 100 meters farther shows the turnoff to the trail on your left. [Turning here will take you around the loop clockwise. If you want to go counterclockwise, keep going past the primitive road turnoff and you will meet the trail in about 1/4 mile]. This is a primitive road at 1st. About 100 meters farther, go through another gate and then reach the trailhead proper, to the right.
The biggest negative on this hike is that there are quite a few fallen trees across the trail mostly in the middle third. Sometimes you can easily climb over or duck under, a couple times you have to make short detours around. I estimate an extra 30 min hike time from the trees on the trail.
It took us a little less than 3 hrs for the hike including a 15 min break to eat something. Coming down the small creek drainage in the last hour was the prettiest part. We saw a couple Ruffed Grouse along the trail there. We saw one deer. Some flowers but not a lot now. There are a few cows but they are skittish and run off as you get close. There was no running water in the creeks or spring at this time. We didn't meet any other hikers on the trail but could see boot prints. A nice hike.
Tiffany S. on Fairy Forest Trail
not a bad trail, but go early in the day. it was overly warm at 830 am. Right now the wild flowers are in full bloom and that is a sight.
it might get a little to buggy here soon as well.
oh and several different types of butterflies everywhere enjoying the flowers.
I couldn't find it. Apple maps, clicking from the nap on this page, took me to Shady Dell Campground and I didn't see any trailhead signs. I had no cell service, so couldn't look for any more directions. Giving one star for now. The rest of the area is nice. Found these directions on a blog that will help next time I go up there: The Fairy Forest is said to be “hidden” because there are no signs. To find the Fairy Forest you follow a trail on the south side of the highway into the Shady Dell campground. Continue though a campsite then cross a small creek, walk to the top of a hill to find and log lying across the road. Step over the log and take about 5-10 more steps, then head down to your right. You know you have reached the entrance to Fairy Forest when see a tipped over tree forming an angular archway. It should only take about 5-10 minutes to walk from your car to the forest.
Our kids LOVED this place. We had kids ages 9-5 with us and they all loved it and can't wait to come back. The only moderate part was getting over dry creek, as it was not dry at all. The directions are perfect and my kids easily could have spent a couple hours here. Next time we will bring our own fairy house instead of making one out of the branches on the ground.
For kids, this is the be all, end all of hikes!! What could be more amazing, or fantastical than a fairy forest in the middle of the wilderness. The drive there took about an hour from Salt Lake , but was worth the wait and it was an absolutely beautiful drive.
Directions are easy to follow. The kids were in awe for the first 20 minutes we arrived there, then spent another 30 minutes discovering different rocks and fairy houses. The loved every minute of it.
We'll be bringing more rocks next time, to add to the collection. Definitely a must!!