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As everyone has said, the first two miles are hiked along a fairly narrow ridge with some challenging terrain. Afterwards the trail becomes well groomed for easy cruising. The dense

One of the most amazing hikes I’ve done in Idaho. Worth the climb!

Beautiful but brutal hike. Trail was well maintained and the views were spectacular. Lots of goats at the top that didn’t try to approach us but were definitely not afraid of humans. Can’t wait to do the hike again. There’s a small campsite toward the top just before the push to the peak that we might try to stay at next time.

hiking
2 days ago

This lake is absolutely beautiful and secluded. The hike there was really tough though. There are little to no switch backs and almost the entire way there you are hiking up at a steep incline. The entire hike to the lake is up, which means the hike back down was a breeze. We were the only ones at the lake. We swam and did catch and release trout fishing. Caught just over 20 trout, mostly cutthroat, all under 12 inches, but still fun for catch and release.

For us this was just okay. There are a few camps close to the trailhead, each with 20 piles of toilet paper and beer cans in the fire rings. The extreme numbers of yellow jackets were also a problem, you couldn't stop for more than a minute without being swarmed. Would be a fun snow shoe I bet.

Hazy day and not one goat was seen, but still an amazing hike. One lone pika at the top that peaked out to say hello. Heard a bear grunting on our way down, probably about a mile from the trail head, but didnt stick around long enough to see if we could see him. All in all it was a great hike.

At the beginning, I was selfishly bummed knowing the smoke would ruin our view, and it was no fun breathing it in the first half of the incline. But obviously I got over it! This hike is amazing! About half way up, a medium size black bear was sitting in the middle of the trail. He seemed very inconvenienced that we arrived and quickly waddled off and down the mountain side. We waited there a while to make sure there wasn’t another one. The hike is hard, the top is incredible and the mountain goats... are too used to humans :( 3 adults with 1 babe. Take your pictures and continue on your way. What an experience!!

It’s a great trail. Very consistent incline for 4 miles. Trail was in great shape. We saw goat fur! Very smoky so no view

Drove two hours, and let me tell you it was worth it!

The hike to the summit and back is actually 3.5 miles. If you continue on the primitive trail you will reach about 4.75 miles. Great hike!

First time hiking here and loved It! Great maintained trail, perfect for the dog. The beginning is all uphill then will decline downhill to a meadow full of butterflies. I hiked this August 4th and got an early start. Plenty of shade and places along the creek to hang your hammock. About 4 or so miles in the trail gets muddy and trail is covered in water. Didn't see any wildlife, but the Wasps and hornets are bad. It was challenging to rest without them swarming us. I loved this hike and look forward to going back.

Great hike, but the trail above the lake is a little bit overgrown (still easy to follow though).

Absolutely beautiful hike! Make sure to follow road markers 65 and not Google maps. There is some pretty intense elevation gain but some beautiful lookout points on the way up. Well worth the hike!

Please please please be careful if you hike off-road here. We have had way too many casualties here in the last few years from people swimming next to the falls or getting too close to cliffs. Bringing dogs or small children is not a good idea because the trail is so steep in some spots.

All of that said, the best time to come is Spring because the falls are still full, and the hikes are gorgeous. I do three different locations: hike out to where you can stand above the falls, hike along the walls of the canyon, and hike down to the water. The trail down to the water is very worn. It gets extremely hot here, so multiple water bottles is a must. Also, parking is by check or cash only unless you have a Discover pass.

trail running
7 days ago

Very pleasant morning stroll. Also in a calm safe area. No overnight camping at the trailhead however spacious.

Enjoyed the hike. A bit hazy from the smoke, but still very beautiful. Went off on the Wilson trail for a ways. Nice viewpoints from there.

This was actually longer than stated (about 12 at least). Some nice ridge walking in the early part of walk. We were disappointed that there was no noticeable summit. Early August walk included lots of wasps/yellow jackets. Trail was quiet and easy to navigate. We would consider it a moderately difficult trail.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike for an active family. Our 6 year old loved it.

hiking
8 days ago

This hike took almost exactly 4 hours up and 2.5 hours down.
Going up took what felt like forever. We just had to remember that we had to go through the forest, then the meadow, and finally up the scramble to the peak. We never saw any large animals until the scramble where we saw 2 mountain goats. We did see lots of deer tracks though.
Right after we passed the mountain goats sign, we saw a large maintain goat and it’s baby! We made our way to the top and ate lunch.
Going down was hard on the feet and the knees but it didn’t take as long.
Lots of nice views along the trail and at the peak. You can see all the way from the lake to Montana at the top of the mountain.
This hike IS HARD but if you take your time and enjoy the views, it will be worth it. Good luck!

backpacking
8 days ago

Beautiful if you can find your way down to it! Desperately wanted to spend the night. Was at the top looking down on Crater Lake but trail was hard to follow. It appears to lead you through a Bush-whacking stretch but if you find yourself doing that then you missed the narrow little, hard-left turn that seemingly only takes you to an overlook. As I was later told, you need to follow over (along the top of that rock) and trail continues on other side. It is thick bear country — evidence in my pic of large scat at ‘end of trail’.

Very mellow hike with multiple lakes and beautiful views. Highly recommend

Great little loop trail with some nice views at the top. Was great for a quick morning hike, definitely would do this trail again.

BEST hike ever!!!! So beautiful! For sure a do over and yearly activity we will do when we come to Montanta.

Great trail with an amazing view!

8/4/18- Trail was easy to follow and well maintained. Beautiful Views!!

We definitely underestimated this trail. It was pretty hard but the top makes it well worth it! My 9 year old hiked this the whole way. My 3 year old hiked about 4 miles of it. He could probably do the whole thing if we hadn’t gotten there at nap time. It took us about 5 hours to get to the top and 2.5 down.

Great way to take in the lake. Our 3 year old loved it.

Worth the time and effort. Our 3 year old knocked it out like a champ. A slow champ, but still a champ. Don’t let the scree at the top keep you from checking the last .25 mile out.

mountain biking
11 days ago

This is a technical strenuous moderate mountain bike ride. We started the trail from the Packsaddle area and climbed up to the top then rode down to the parking lot and out. The climb was more than I was used to and there were numerous root and rock steps to navigate. Not heavily trafficked but did run into hikers, trail runners and other mountain bikers on the trail. The trail is quite narrow in places. The trail marking isn’t as clear as I would have liked so bring a map with you. The weather finally cooled down a bit which was nice.

The drive up the trail is beautiful. Unfortunately we were unable to do the hike though. Be aware that the grizzly bear territory caution sign that you see driving up is very prevalent. A baby grizzly ran across the forest road about 20 yards ahead of us so we turned around and headed out as to not wait for the mom who I’m sure wasn’t far behind! Bummed we couldn’t do the hike, but wasn’t about to take any chances! Be careful!

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