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    Tom Whin reviewed Blue Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    Did this on Jan 31 and very little snow was present. Lots of mud though sort of like it would be in March. Very nice foresty hike and if you wander off the upper part of the loop you can find some views to the SE. With some exploring off trail I racked up 3.4 mi. Didn’t see anyone else.

    Tom Whin completed Blue Creek Trail

    5 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Tubbs Hill

    5 months ago

    Very nice hike in winter on weekdays when some solitude is possible. Currently trail is bare on south side by the lake. I use yak trax for trips on side trails to the top and for icy areas on the north side. Scenery is excellent in several places along the trails. Lots of various spur paths are present to mix up a routine when hiking this often.

    Tom Whin reviewed Bud Howard aka Big Tree Trail

    5 months ago

    I did this hike today (Jan 29) and did not see anyone else. Description above is wrong. There is no river. RT to road is 6 miles. Big tree is about 1.5 mi from start. First part of trail was bare. Near top I was sinking up to my knees every once in a while. Spikes recommended for icy grades. Very nice views along route of Hayden Lake and mts north of Spokane.

    Tom Whin reviewed Gold Hill North Trail

    8 months ago

    Very nice trail. Switchbacks ease the elevation gain. Excellent viewpoints 2.8 and 3.0 mi up with the latter having benches for snacking and taking in the vista. The trail ends at a forest road 3.5 mi up. Popular with mountain bikers. Larches very colorful Oct 30.

    Tom Whin completed Gold Hill North Trail

    8 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Antoine Peak

    8 months ago

    Did this Oct 24 from the east side. Only ran into one other hiker. Trail well signed at the junctions. RT was 5 miles mostly easy with a few steep sections at the start and near the top. Various viewpoints along the trail were just as good as summit which has radio towers present. Overall nice hike fairly close to town.

    Tom Whin completed Antoine Peak

    8 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail

    9 months ago

    Very easy hike for the 1.5 miles to Pyramid Lake. We had to turn around near the top of the switchbacks before Ball as the days are getting shorter. Spectacular views from these switchbacks and here the grade is moderate. Last mile to TH is rough. Don't need 4WD but low slung cars may lose an oil pan. Still had plump huckleberries despite bushes turning red for fall.

    Tom Whin completed Pyramid and Ball Lakes Trail

    9 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Blossom Lakes Trail

    10 months ago

    Actually 6.4 mi RT. Excellent, shady, peaceful, and uncrowded. Fri of Labor Day weekend we were the only ones until almost back to TH. Mostly easy with some short stretches of moderate grades. We took the two right forks going up for less steepness and took the other segments returning to save time. No bug problem on Sept 1. Scenery at lake excellent with at least 2 very nice sites for backpacking.

    Tom Whin completed Blossom Lakes Trail

    10 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Lake Darling and Mount Pend Oreille Loop

    10 months ago

    I did 52 out and back for fear that 161 would be impassable or indistiinct requiring serious backtracking. Round trip to the summit of Pend Oreille was 10.4 mi. I found the first 3 mi of hike easy, next mi moderate, and remaining mile plus strenuous to brutal. No others or bears were seen this day. Huckleberries were plentiful and literally across the trail. Forest road is fine for all vehicles to the TH. Views from the ridge and summit were excellent despite smoke from fires in Canada. Many bridges along the trail are dilapidated and collapsing as maintenance is lacking in this area.

    Tom Whin reviewed Hub Lake and Hazel Lake

    10 months ago

    Excellent and definitely moderate with steep sections. We logged 3.6 according to two fitbits and 2000 ft elevation gain. Trail in excellent shape. Take exit 26 off I 90 then 6.2 mi on gravel road. TH obvious on right side.

    Tom Whin completed Hub Lake and Hazel Lake

    10 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed St. Regis Lakes

    11 months ago

    Nice and fairly easy hike with huckleberries aplenty. Only negative was vegetation often growing over the trail. We parked at the chairlift just past the old RR grade. From there it was 1.4 mi to where road became a path. Then another 1.6 to the lake. Grade was easy except for last 0.7 to the lake. That part was moderate. Wildflowers were present in all of the open areas. Pretty easy access from I-90.

    Tom Whin completed St. Regis Lakes

    11 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Scotchman Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    My fitbit logged 9.6 mi RT. I was on the trail 7 hrs enjoying awesome scenery. Could see WA, MT, and Canada. No goats seen today but the summit was overrun with flies. Had to retreat down a little to eat. Bring extra water. I was drinking a lot even downhill as much of the trail is exposed.

    Tom Whin completed Scotchman Peak Trail

    11 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Stevens Lakes

    12 months ago

    Trail had a few steep sections and was at times confusing near the end with many spur paths and no signage. Excellent scenery and overall a very pleasant hike.

    Tom Whin completed Stevens Lakes

    12 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Mount Kit Carson Trail

    12 months ago

    Did this at 7AM on Sunday and I was the only one parked at TH and on the trail the whole 80 minutes the hike took. Views from the summit are excellent. Trail was very good and obvious the whole way. Bug spray still is recommended for flies.

    Tom Whin completed Mount Kit Carson Trail

    12 months ago

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    12 months ago

    Tom Whin completed Tubbs Hill

    12 months ago

    Tom Whin reviewed Tubbs Hill

    12 months ago

    I give it 5 because I live close by. Did it this morning and the trail displayed on this map was quite busy mostly tourists. Luckily I encountered not one soul on the summit trail which is displayed on Tubbs site map but not here. Fine by me.

    Tom Whin reviewed Settlers Grove of Ancient Cedars Trail

    12 months ago

    Would give 5 stars but trail is only open for 0.7 mile. Huge cedars are very impressive esp ones that toppled from the fire. Part that is open is very nice and workers did a great job removing a large number of downed trees.

    Tom Whin reviewed Liberty Lake Loop Trail

    12 months ago

    Trail was in excellent shape. Did the loop and very few others were seen after the cedar grove. Good cardio on the switchbacks after the falls.

    Tom Whin completed Liberty Lake Loop Trail

    12 months ago