Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains

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Grandmother and Grandfather Mountains est un sentier allez-retour de 8.3 miles très fréquenté situé près de Clarkia, Idaho. Le sentier vous présentera des fleurs sauvages et sa difficulté est évaluée comme modérée. Le sentier offre plusieurs activités et sa meilleure utilisation est de mai à octobre. Les chiens sont les bienvenus sur ce sentier.

Distance: 8.3 miles Dénivelé: 1,893 feet Type d'itinéraire: Aller-retour

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This route starts at Freezeout Saddle on Forest Service Road #301. Most cars can make it to the trailhead, but be careful as the road gets rough during the last mile or two. The Marble Divide Trail #275 begins on the slopes of Mark's Butte with open views of the valley 3000 feet below. It then enters the forest and descends to a small saddle before making the 700 foot climb up to the summit of Grandmother Mountain. Be sure to keep right at the intersection with the Gold Fork Trail and then keep left at the intersection with the Marble Creek Trail. At this point, the slope steepens and the trail emerges into a beautiful alpine meadow. Rocky cliffs provide clear views over Clarkia and the St. Maries River on the left. On the right, you'll find the headwaters of Marble Creek with the bald Lookout Mountain rising up behind. A rock outcropping 3/4 of the way up the climb makes for a great spot to take a rest. Once at the top of the ridge, a short 0.2 mile spur leads through an old-growth forest of Mountain Hemlock to the summit of Grandmother Mountain. On a clear day, the views over Marble Creek and the St. Joe River drainage are nothing short of spectacular. Turning back from here will provide you with a 5 mile hike. For a longer 8-mile option, continue right on the Marble Divide Trail #275 as the trail descends into a shallow saddle, cloaked in a mix of old growth and newer recovered forest. The trail then makes one more climb up to the summit of Grandfather Mountain. The views on Grandfather Mountain aren't quite as open and great as they are on Grandmother, but the extra distance isn't very difficult and is still worth the trip. There is a backcountry campsite and a spring just past the spur to the summit of Grandmother Mountain to make this an overnight option.

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5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Great views from Grandmother. Went right after heavy rain storm...trail in desperate need of maintenance to prevent runoff trenching and erosion.

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