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Nice hike with a little variety. No major views except the river and the forest- which was very pleasant. Lots of different mushrooms were in bloom on the mid October Friday hike I did. Only saw 3 people and 3 dogs the entire trip. Stopped at Camp Jolley for a rest and a lunch. Nice hike and a good workout.

Beautiful and easy family hike. Make sure you check the stomp house!

backpacking
6 days ago

Hiked this with my son in September. This is a great hike for all ages and levels.

hiking
17 days ago

hiked this about month ago and the trail was not hard the climb to buckhorn lake was long switch backs but well worth the hike just for the views

Hiked the trail today and it was an absolutely beautiful day. Trail was in great condition and was a nice moderate level. Would highly recommend.

AllTrails doesn’t have Chetwoot listed here, but this seems like a good place to post, since these were the reviews I read before departing.
There are several posts that question the mileage, but trail running the length of the trail proved the mileage is pretty close. My Garmin watch just barely hit 10 miles when I arrived at Chetwoot. This includes little deviations at vistas and lakes along the way, and just a few times of losing the trail.
Overall the trail is very well maintained, the washout at the beginning looks great! Thank you to all of the volunteers! The climb up to Copper Lake has a lot of elevation gain, with some views of the valley as well as the waterfall.
We didn’t spend any time at Little Heart Lake. Comparatively speaking, it is less impressive then the others. Big Heart Lake and Angeline are magnificent. The trail along the ridge between the two has multiple locations to view both lakes. The deep blue color will blow you away. There were a few points where we lost the trail, but it was easy to get it back. The views before dropping down to Chetwoot are amazing, especially this time of the year, with just a little fall color left over.
The climb down to Chetwoot is steep, but only for a short while. This was a beautiful place to have lunch.
We climbed Iron Cap as well, following the talus to the east of the lake up to the ridge. Then followed the east/west ridge to the top. Some exposed areas, but reasonable. No ropes or climbing gear needed.
This hike gets better the further in you go. If I were to stop at Cooper Lake, it is a 3-4 star. But getting to at least the beginning of Big Heart, it easily becomes a 5 star.

This being the first leg of our 4 day journey, starting October 12th and ending on October 15th.
The trail was smooth travel on a well maintained path. There was a fork a few miles in, but someone was kind enough to place branches across the wrong path. we could not find a sign for 5 mile camp, but saw many possible campsites.

hiking
29 days ago

Hiked this yesterday with four friends. We loved the hike and felt like it was a great one for a lot of people as the incline is gradual until you turn to head up to the wreckage. We enjoyed it all, explored a cave, saw the wreckage, added a couple extra miles to the trip because we let a directionally challenged person guide us, and still we all enjoyed it!

hiking
29 days ago

Went out October 10-14 and no bugs but very very cold. If you are going to the crash site it’s very well defined for a trail with some confusion at the top of the ridge where it starts to disappear but stay to the right and you will eventually see the wreckage appear to your left. We camped here our first couple nights.

If you are going to the mine we were told it was wet and slippery. The trail to the summits is confusing at mile 3.2, stay to the right and if you end up going to the mine that’s the trail headed left but a large portion of this area has been used for camping and everything looks like a hiking trail.

Another item to note is that once you past the Creek beyond the mine camps there is another split in the trail, if you go straight it’s shorter but very steep, if you go right it’s about twice as far but a lot easier especially if it’s wet.

Steep but well-maintained trail. Well worth the effort. Quite impressive.

This was a great hike. We camped at Trout Lake and did a day hike up to Copper and Little Heart Lakes the next day (why haul a 20+ pound pack all the way up there). Camping at Trout was so quiet and the ground so soft we couldn't even hear others walking by on the trail - side note, it was so quiet that you also couldn't hear someone walking up to the toilet, when you happened to be sitting on it, until you made awkward eye contact. We quickly learned to use our poles to signal that someone was up there. The hike up to Copper followed a huge (tall) waterfall and wasn't nearly as open or rocky as I expected. Based on other reviews i thought we'd be bouldering up and was preparing myself for that (ptsd from hiking up Aasgard's pass probably). It was rocky but nothing you couldn't just step over. No bugs to worry about, and only saw a few chipmunks and a couple of very upset, territorial squirrels. All in all, a really great weekend hike.

Great hike! Perfect weather. Love the different terrain. Forest, meadows, rocks, waterfalls. Saw marmots & mountain goats. Pretty green lake. View of Mount Adams & Mount Hood from Panhandle Gap.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail with lots of interesting old copper mines. Would recommend going in the fall to avoid the mosquitoes.

Steeeep. 2 miles in two hours and we're in shape.

Very pretty area. We enjoyed this hike a lot.

left pre-dawn, complete down pour of rain!! Rain turned to snow just before Summerland shelter. Within the next 1/2 mile, trail turned into its own waterfall (water mixed with slush). turned around shy of Pan Handle, wet/slushy/freezing rocks way to slick (I was running). Beautiful day!! Snow mixed with fall color and hazy skies, awesome!!!

trail running
1 month ago

Had a great morning hike/jog on this trail today.. maybe saw six other people total and one happy puppy. Extremely easy to follow and directions made it simple. Nice hike and not overly challenging

generally: low elevation trail; lush, through forest along the river the whole way, next time consider hiking up to ridge
parking: free at trail head, road, paved most of the way, doable in any vehicle
trail: easy, packed ground, not overgrown, some bridges
scenery: lush greenery, along river, nice on a sunny day, wound also be good if raining
people; saw a few others on a weekend

AMAZING VIEWS // worth the tough climb

Awesome backpacking trip with two night stay at the shelter and moonshine flats. Recommend taking the shorter route from Pete’s creek and spending two nights at moonshine. It’s an amazing base camp prior to making the peak run.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike. Went till we were even with the bottom of inter glacier. Stayed away from the glacier as rocks were coming down from the top of the glacier. Look out for those if you go beyond the campground. Beautiful up there. The top of the mountain looks soooo close and inviting

hiking
2 months ago

I'd rate this as easy not moderate. .

hiking
2 months ago

This was an awesome hike. We did a sunrise hike and it was so beautiful! I would recommend doing the same. It becomes very challenging close to the end, but it is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on a cloudy day that resulted in no views of the Mountain - disappointing. Well maintained trail has a mild and gradual uphill to Basin campsite and very smooth hike back down to White River campsite. No knee or toe busting. Went on a Saturday in August and there was a moderate amount of hikers out for a misty day. Most were heading to or coming from Emmon viewpoint.

Considering all the trails in the park, I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to see more of the mountain :(

This is a beautiful hike, the kind you take out-of-town friends on. You have a well maintained trail that starts off in old growth forest that transitions to subalpine meadows and then to a glacial moraine. All of that in 6 miles (one way) and 3k elevation gain.

hiking
2 months ago

The beach was such a pleasant surprise.

walking
2 months ago

Nice waterfall but I have seen better.The road to the beginning of the trail is bad.A hiker from Czech rep.

Great hike for me and my level of experience. Longest day hike yet on a very well maintained and serene trail. Elevation change is moderate but enough to keep things interesting

hiking
2 months ago

Solid trail; 9,11 & 13yr old were able to finish. Great views. Much better in the AM

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