Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

1 day ago

Easy trail with great views- really good trail for families. Very well marked. Can EASILY get to the first waterfall and back in under 2 hours.

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!

3 days ago

This was my first hike. The majority of it was great as a beginner, but the last 2km or so were quite the incline. Well defined paths and some great scenery.

Great hike, not much to see on the way up, the trees are fairly tall, but the end is amazing.

4 days ago

So beautiful! Read the reviews and was prepared for a tough hike. Appropriate footwear is a must. It was a bit tricky with a dog on leash - any pulling and it’s a bit dicey. Agree with other posters - resist the urge to turn back! So worth it.

Every part of this hike is amazing. It's certainly intermediate since you have to commit the hands to scramble/climb mutliple times. So if you have a decent fitness level and proper footwear, come check this out! The view is astonishing.

7 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 :)

9 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.

9 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.

It had some difficult elevation and scrambling but was beautiful along the way!

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.

11 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

11 days ago

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

13 days ago

Tough long uphill climb that should be approached carefully as you get to some of the skree slopes. the ridge offers some stunning views but mind your footing. The lake is pristine clear. Its doable as a day hike but take the time and camp up there and enjoy seeing how calm it is in the morning. I will return.

It's more than a little steep for about 80% off the hike, nothing special to see at the actual lake because it's surrounded by trees, I guess I just prefer a mountain view after a long hike.

It's a challenging trail for a beginner. Definitely pack light and bring some snacks but nothing heavy cause constant incline will make you regret any extra pounds you got.
This hike was a good wake up call for my lack of shape/lack of exercise state. After working out for a year, my gf and I repeated this trail and it was amazing to feel the difference.
I would definitely avoid this trail during rain/wet conditions as it's slippery even without any moisture.
Parking is great at the base by HWY 11 but parking lot gets full on busy days.

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.

16 days ago

So good! Beautiful views! Highly recommend

This was my first mountain hike and boy was it challenging! It is def. not for beginners by any means and it proved quite the challenge as it was entirely uphill until it plateaued. Lots of different terrain, beautiful views that made the uphill battle worth it. I wouldn’t say it’s undoable if you’re new, just ensure you know what you’re getting into and come prepared. The lake is beautiful and a nice reward at the top, it would have been nice to camp there for a night or two then head back down. I’m unsure I’d do this if it was raining as the shale was pretty slippery already, but to each their own as I am not that experienced yet. It took us 3.5-4 hours to do the entire thing with half an hour relaxing time at the lake.

Rough terrain over rocks and roots and a shale ridge that can be treacherous at the top, but the lake at the top is worth the walk

Flat but a nice walk around the lake

23 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.

We had a lovely hike yesterday, but on the way down the path isn’t too clearly marked- as long as you stay closer to the ridge (on the left) the whole way down you will be fine. But all in all it was a beautiful hike with incredible payoff.

1 month ago

Did this hike over the weekend in Three days... first day clocked some miles. Beautiful views most of the way!! The trail was relatively easy just long. There are several opportunities for one who would like to spend more time out there. You could hike up to Michaëlle lakes through waterfalls creek or hike in through cataract creek, many different options! I did however notice a fair amount of garbage on the trails though

1 month 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.

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.

just finished this today, couldn't imagine dealing with the scree without hiking boots (a must!) and be careful with a windy day. had 25kmph winds on the ridge, almost turned back. incredible INCREDIBLE views worth all the hard work and sore legs.

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