Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Challenging trail but beautiful and scenic. Definitely want to do this one again and next time make it to the cave.

Great for walking, running or biking... Flat and scenic.

Nice trail, short but worth it especially looking back at the majestic view of Abraham Lake. Lots of loose rocks making it a slower pace.

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
10 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

12 days ago

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
12 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
13 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!

hiking
14 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
15 days ago

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

backpacking
16 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

on Hoodoo Creek

1 month ago

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

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!

hiking
1 month ago

The “Hard” rating is correct! This trail is steep all the way to the top and then all the way down! This is definitely not for a beginner. We were glad we had our poles.

When you get to the small plateau with all of the scarves tied to the trees, you are only about half way to the top. Keep going!!!

Pack some food and some beverages for your time at the top. Also, you might want your binoculars. The views are spectacular .... really spectacular.

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

Amazing hike! My quads are still killing me from the steep decline on the way down! Some seriously amazing views on a bluebird day. Slow and steady wins the race on this one.

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...

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