Explore the most popular forest trails near Clearwater County with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
12 hours ago

This hike is rated as difficult on all the other information sources I’ve found. It is absolutely do-able but there are not many flat areas to rest your legs before the next relentless climb. This hike seems to be all uphill, all the time. It was fun and very very challenging. If you are new to hiking, this isn’t the place to start. The views at the top are amazingly beautiful!

walking
5 days ago

Was a good stroll, pretty flat, might take the bike next time. Found a couple places to get the feet wet in the lake.

Nice lil stroll

Although the views are amazing - the hike is a bit treacherous for people who are used to hikes with clear trails and firm footholds. I was happy to make it to the cave but I was surrounded by good folks who were willing to help me place my steps :)

hiking
7 days ago

We hiked up the trail until it ended by the hoodoos and then we just followed the creek up. Eventually we got to a rocky part of the mountain and we could see the cave from the bottom; there are two ribbons on trees a little hard to notice, marking the beginning of the trail. It was very difficult scrambling up because there were a lot of loose rocks. The cave was dark and muddy; you should bring a very good flashlight. There are two dead trees propped up with rungs to climb to the next part of the cave, and at the top there are a couple ropes to hoist yourself up but it was too dark and difficult to get up so we didn’t see what was past that opening. It definitely was worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

Fun trail, kind of tricky to find as nothing is marked but once you do it's fairly straightforward. Didn't find the cave but I think you just need to keep walking up the creek once you get to the hoodoos.

This was my third time on this trail and it is always beautiful. Make sure you take she sharp left down into the trees after crossing the water fall then you can come back in the main trail as a loop.

hiking
9 days ago

Was a great trail. We ended up walking the creek bed most the way. Made for a fun and interesting hike Manovering boulders and the creek itself. The dog enjoyed having the creek to play in as well. The hoodoos are amazing! Much larger than pictures make them seem. The caves were very cool! Kinda hard to find unless your paying attention. A ways past the hoodoos up a steep, loose rock incline to the right. We didn’t bring a head lamp (silly) so make sure to bring one so you can explore a bit better than we did!

We also started the trail early (8am) and didn’t meet another person until more than half way back to the car. It was fairly busy around 11am. So the earlier the better!

on Hoodoo Creek

hiking
9 days ago

Very scenic hike. The cave at the end was definitely worth it!

It’s rated a moderate but is very easy! Pretty busy trail. The trail follows the creek all the way up to the cave which is awesome to explore inside! There is a makeshift ladder and ropes to climb inside the cave. If you want a challenge or to extend your time after making it to the cave and back, we also took a side trail (which started by the tall standing hoodoo half way up the trail) which led us on a harder hour and a half scramble up to a cliff overlooking the creek trail. It was a nice private spot to eat lunch. Check the recording to follow the map.

14 days ago

So good! Beautiful views! Highly recommend

Flat but a nice walk around the lake

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike for us beginners!! Amazing views and scenery. Very well marked trails. And we were very pleasantly surprised at how few people there were.

hiking
29 days ago

Reaching the summit is very Rewarding and challenging! 360 degrees of scenic mountain hug you the entire hike! about half way up you reach a meadow that is so incredibly breathtaking!! This peak is my favorite view!
Did this hike on the May Long weekend- still lots of waist deep snow! ‘Twas part of the entertainment and adventure!

Hike: 12.8KM
Elevation gain: 1230M
Moving total: 5HRS

Trails not clearly marked. We got lost and ended up on the forestry road. Luckily someone pick us up and took us to our car.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved this hike it’s one of my favourites. It’s sort of tough to find the trail head but once you get started it’s hard to go wrong. The cave is well worth the extra bit of hiking.

on Hoodoo Creek

1 month ago

Fairly easy trek. Kind of underwhelming. The hoodoos were cool though.

Stunning views! I was surprised at how few people were on the trail, but certainly not complaining :)

hiking
1 month ago

Even though the trail is run along the perimeter of the lake there isn’t many spots to actually see the lake. Still a nice little hike if the weather is good. Trail is very well maintained and I will likely be coming back to try biking it next time which will undoubtedly improve my rating!

It was a nice hike and the views were spectacular!

1 month ago

We were out and back in about 5 hours and 15km. Very beautiful day hike with a good mix of steep ups and levelled ground, and a mix of open areas and in the trees. Still snow towards the top. Pack bear spray.

This trail had nice views only one hoodoo left. Everyone we talked to on the trail couldn’t find the cave to explore.

Easy around the lake. Great for family walk

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Perfect weather and a great view of the North Saskatchewan River Valley. We did the hike in around 4h 15m including breaks but it could easily have been done faster if we had brought food for our long break at the top...

hiking
1 month ago

What a nice hike. Well marked. I would recommend it to all.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the hike today, the entire way up the creek going up, until it was way too steep and the snow started. Then hiked the small single track trail to where the two creeks met. Our feet got wet crossing the creek back and fourth to get to the top. But it was a fun and challenging hike. Getting down was fast but would suggest good shoes and a hiking post, if you plan on going up the creek most of the way. Took us 1 hr 45 mins to get up with a handful of stops for a break. And only 45mins to get down. Wouldn’t bring small children passed the Hoodoos.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, not well marked but you’ll manage. Views are amazing. On a long weekend I encountered heavy traffic. Some dogs are kept on leash (they should), some others are off. Few people on horses riding as well. It took me 1 hour to get to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail to the first falls is well maintained. Falls are gorgeous. The trail to the second and third falls is narrower but simple to navigate. Just before the third falls the trail is completely washed away and to return to the path you have to go down and up a steep embankment.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. I take the slopes off to the right of the main trail. Much more enjoyable. Rated Hard but I find it a more Moderate hike. Lots of places to explore off trail.

hiking
2 months ago

A fun trail, we just hiked it yesterday (April 21), there was still a lot of snow.

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