Willow Creek Trail to Skein Lake

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#34 von 71 Wegen in

Willow Creek Trail to Skein Lake ist ein 1.8 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Cascade, Idaho. Er führt entlang eines Sees, durch schönen Wald und es gibt oftmals Wildtiere zu sehen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke als moderat einzustufen. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Hunde sind erlaubt, müssen allerdings an der Leine gehalten werden.

Entfernung: 1.8 miles Höhenunterschied: 633 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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As of Aug 22nd, 2019 - Forest Service and County Services are in the process of re-grading 438 on the way to the trail head. You absolutely need 4x4. This trail is part offroad in that it requires high clearance and 4WD to reach the trailhead.

5 months ago

My wife and I just completed the hike to Skein Lake and Raft Lake. Great short hike and much more scenic than I expected. Really beautiful. Well worth the time. Oh, and huckleberries as you approach Raft lake. Better hurry though. Going to both lakes was 3.2 miles out and back. At times the trail is overgrown and rocky, but it is always very clear - there is no cross-country or wondering if you are on the trail. A young family came up shortly after we arrived. A very minor glitch in navigation occurred when we walked up to the collapsed cabin - we continued past the cabin to Skein lake maybe 50 yards away. No big deal if you are only going to Skein lake. The official trail turns right about 50 feet before the cabin. By following the official trail you will see the sign to Raft lake. The whole private property road issue is due to the way Google maps routes you when you click the Directions link above. Do not turn on Raspberry Rd. It IS private property. Continue about 1.7 miles past Raspberry Rd on West Mountain Road to Willow Creek Rd also signed as FR438. It is a narrow dirt road so don't drive past it like we did :) This road goes all the way to the signed trailhead (and beyond). There is a small gravel wide spot for turning around and parking. The road is being reconditioned and is in excellent shape (for a dirt mountain road) until the last half mile. Until they finish the last half mile you'll need a 4x4 Outback or equivalent or better. That last stretch is severely overgrown so expect brush to rub the sides of your vehicle. The roof of my F250 was pushing brush and branches out of the way occasionally. But my truck fit comfortably on the road and I never came close to experiencing a pucker factor. It's a little rough, but it's not rock crawling at all, just a little slow. Relax and enjoy.

5 months ago

Perhaps the best of everything you’d want in a quick Alpine Hike over Cascade. As of Aug 22nd, 2019 - Forest Service and County Services are in the process of re-grading 438 on the way to the trail head. You absolutely need 4x4. 5 years ago, I did it in my Honda Civic, but that was an adventure. Also, this is NOT Private Property. Not sure what that’s all about. A review below gave it 3 stars — not because the trail or area is lacking, but it looks like he didn’t plan. The 3 stars seems more fitting for his lack of planning than the actual hike. Call Cascade ranger district BEFORE you go, and plan ahead. The Hike from the trailhead is apx 1 mile, and has about a 10% grade. All of my boys did it easily at 9 years old. If you’re not carrying much gear, it’s incredibly easy for the entire family and has AMAZING views of of Cascade and the mountainside. Plenty of Grouse, Blue Jays, Tiny creatures and wild flowers. Enjoy the abandoned cabin next to Skein Lake. There is a metal sheet on the cabin where local hikers sign their adventures, so bring a pen or pencil to log. Skein Lake is incredible. As you step into view of the lake, there are rock outcropping to the right along the north side of the lake. About 3 dispersed camp sites spread along that side with rocks for fire pits and plenty of down and dead wood for fire. The fish are very active as of Aug 2019, and the lake is incredibly deep in the center. Fish past the shelf and go deep to get big trout. Anything with a rubber tag is not allowed to be harvested. A local guy mentioned he’s seen Bull Elk charge into the water and an abundance of wildlife. Osprey were catching fish while we were there. Overall, if you’re looking for a pretty close, simply hike, with seclusion - Skein Lake is your spot. Very rare to see anyone during the midweek, but a few hikers and fishers on the weekends.

Sun Sep 02 2018

Very nice easy 1 mike hike. The road up to the trail is rough and requires a 4wd. Not much parking at the trailhead so go on a non busy day.

Fri Aug 17 2018

great trail for a ATV or side by side, although the trail is big enough for a full size truck or SUV.

Thu Jun 28 2018

Beautiful hike! The road is definitely rougher so I’d recommend taking a SUV, a sedan could make it but you’ll want to take your time. The landslide mentioned a couple years ago isn’t much now so don’t let that stop you from continuing to the TH. The hike itself is great, I wouldn’t say it’s challenging. You get a lot of breaks with flat parts. The ground is pretty soft and compact with lots of larger rocks that act as aids in stepping up steeper parts. Lake is beautiful, MAKE SURE to bring Bug Spray!!! We got eaten alive by mosquitos when the sun went away. My husband fished, there are a ton of fish up there. We took our 5 week old and 22 month old kids up there so parents, bring your kids on this hike!

Thu Jul 27 2017

Very beautiful lake with mountain at edge of the lake. The hike in is short but beautiful with beautiful wild flowers in July.

Sun Oct 02 2016

The road is now posted as private property.

Mon Jul 25 2016

I gave it three stars because of the unexpected adventure that we had getting to Skein and Raft Lakes. As mentioned before, the FS 438 road is closed about 2 to 2 1/2 miles from the actual trail head. I had 4WD, but was with three other cars that did not and they were unable to get up to the point where the road was actually closed. There was a truck all the way up at the actual trail head and they said they made it there with 4WD. A group of about 15 of us decided to hike the road and then the trail. The road was a constant climb, not hard but an extra 2+ miles makes it more than an "Easy" hike. We were passed by some ATVs that had no difficulty getting up the road. The actual trail was a climb, but was not too hard. The lakes are nice at the end and it looked like there could be some good fishing at either lake although I was unable to fish. Skein Lake is the first lake to the left after you pass an old destroyed cabin. If you branch off and head out for another 1/2 - 3/4 of a mile you will get to Raft Lake which had lily pads, frogs, and fish jumping. Overall, not all of our group made it all the way to the lakes, but the majority made it and loved the adventure! When most expected a 2 3/4 mile hike, it turned into an 8-9 mile hike.

Fri Jun 03 2016

The FS 438 road is closed due to a landslide about half way up the trail head. It looks like an ATV can get around the slide.

Mon Aug 31 2015

Overall great day hike and great destination. However, the "road" (forest road 438) is actually more like an atv trail. Very bumpy and pretty narrow in spots. Do recommend 4wd and high clearance, but a sedan did make it up so it is possible. That being said, the overall experience was a 9/10. The hike itself in incredible. Suitable for most anyone, the lakes are both awesome. I found it to be about a mile to skein lake and an extra 3/4 mile to raft lake with about 900 ft elevation gain to raft lake. Would highly recommend for anyone.

Sat Jul 14 2018