Actually recorded 19 miles including visiting both summits.
Easy to follow trail, but overgrown in places. The “morale buster hill” is not kidding! It’s very hot and sunny at the end of Deafy Glade and first couple miles of the Summit Spring trail. Lots of flowers in early July, easy to cross Stony Creek, but no water sources after that.

Wonderful hike. First mile is exposed, hot and thick with poison oak but then you get into the timber and it is shady and gorgeous for most of the way. Lots of wild flowers blooming today, nice fragrance in the air. Well worth the long rough drive in. Regarding the river crossing, there is a shallow crossing if you come in from Upper Lake. No crossing if you come from Stonyford. Neither route is suitable for my civic. Subaru, probably. Small SUV or truck is the best way to go.

I hiked here with my dog on May, 31 2018. Within the first mile we saw a black bear. There's a section there in the beginning at low elevation with a little creek, I should have had my head up. He noticed us first and went running in the opposite direction by the time I saw him.

Overall, the trail was well defined. The drive from I-5 takes about two full hours to get to the trail head. The first hour is on paved, country roads and then a dirt road takes you to the end. I was driving in a Honda Fit and maybe wouldn't recommend this car for the drive, however it was possible. I lost cell service during the entire drive but did have it on the trail.

I'd recommend this trail as a fairly easy backpacking trek. Also, I saw no one the entire time so seclusion might be it's best feature.

backpacking
4 months ago

I backpacked this on 4/23-4/26. The only good part of it all was the destination the river and the huge mountain is a great site to see while camping, but the trail was harsh during that time of year or all of summer, because the trail had barely any shade there are only few sections of high trees. Bring sunscreen! It is also not a easy trail i would rate this atleast moderate, because it is actually around 11 miles not 7, if you are planning to backpack and camp near the river.

Memorial Day 2018 - awesome May hike with morning fog, light sun by early afternoon, flowers still in bloom. This hike would be brutal in the late summer or late afternoon! Some burned out areas but growing back nicely. I tried trail running this route- it's pretty damn steep! But not very technical.

The trail was in good condition. Sections of the trail were still covered in snow, but since it was early in the morning, the snow was hard and made for easy crossings. Around 4 miles in, I got to the pass that connects the east and west peaks. I headed up to the east peak of Snow Mountain, signed the peak register, then headed back down to the pass and up to the west peak. The west peak had a cement beam structure, and someone had also built a bivy site out of rocks. We headed back down to the pass again and continued on.

The entire loop was about 12 miles long and it was going by faster than I expected. Instead of camping, I decided to push through and get back to the car. The whole loop took about 5.5 hours.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! The road gets a little rough towards the end, I suggest a 4x4. We made it in my Subaru Forester, but there were some dicey areas when it came to having enough clearance.
Beautiful views along the way and at the end of the hike! Great place to have a picnic by the river before hiking back out & love this is a dog friendly hike :)

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail, when you arrive you are partially up the trail (based off following the directions off AllTrails) and you turn right at the trail crossing to get to the gorge. The road is a little rough at the end, I suggest a 4x4. I made it in my Subaru Forester but areas got a little dicey due to lack of clearance. Beautiful view at the end of the hike, great place to have a picnic by the river before heading back out, and love that it is dog friendly (just check for ticks when leaving) :)

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great views of the valley all along the trail. The gorge itself is beautiful and a great place to swim if you can manage to walk down the river into it. There are some spots to set up camp near the river bank for an overnighter. This trail has little shade and not much breeze along it so a hot summer day can be brutal

backpacking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Three of us did a multi day loop that included this trail. It was a nice hike with some good views. One thing we hadn't counted on was the scarcity of water. We passed through in the middle of August and found no available water until our second day. Not a problem if you're prepared for it. The summit did offer some great views.

Nice little trail with not a lot of info describing it online. I will try to fill in some of the holes.

I did this hike on Memorial Day weekend. Based on online descriptions of this trail as empty, I didn't expect to see that many people on the trail. However, there were dozen of cars at both Deafy Glade and Summit Spring Trail heads and lots of people on the trail.

The drive in was also not as expected. While the road is pretty good (I saw loaded sedans on it) and fun, there were no river crossings as described. Perhaps they are there earlier in the year. Also, road 17N06 is washed out so you either have to park at the junction or take 17N29 (which gets a little rough) about 1.2 miles east and start from there. Either way, the hike will be longer, with more elevation gain.

I did this hike from the bottom of a the hill on 17N29. The route to the summit and back was 9.6 miles and 2300ft of gain. This route (from 17N29) requires a STEEP off-trail climb directly up the hill. This can be a hard way to start (and end) your hike. Also, at least one rattlesnake inhabits the area. I'd recommend not starting here.

The start of the trail was hot and dry. Soon enough it cools off and the patches of poison oak give way to fragrant wildflowers. The trail then cools off as you enter a forested area near cedar camp. Higher up there were small patches of snow and little streams from the melt. The final approach looks much like higher summits: rocky, treeless and with patchy snow.

All in all, a nice little drive to a nice, well-marked, little trail. There is only moderate steepness along the way and late-season snow make this right all ages and many fitness levels. It's not amazingly scenic, but is very pretty. If I could make a recommendation, I'd say do this in the early spring. The weather would be nicer and I imagine this place would look awe-inspiring with the top half of the trail under a little snow.

You may want a four wheele drive to get to this trail if you are brave enough to cross the river that is . Getting to this trail head is half the adventure . Well worth the trek . Very rewarding views into 4 different county's.

camping
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Hunting for a suitable start to our summer backpacking season we decided on the Travelers Home trail in Mendocino National Forest. With a moderate trail rating and clocking in at only 12 miles we were planning on a relaxing weekend away.

It was going to be an early start in the morning since it is a ways out from home base so we got everything packed up and ready to go day before.

The next morning we hit the road with the windows down and the music blasting. Way up 101 we went and then finally turned in towards the trail. We parked by the trailhead and saw the sign with one thing in our minds What kind of animal eats signs?!

The trail starts down a gated off forest road and then after a mile or so, splits off to a single track for the remainder. Rolling hills through trees and over creeks was the scenery for the first bit, which then quickly opened up along a steep cut-in with amazing vista views.

The problem with being to see it all is the rain clouds we spotted creeping towards us, and quick! After a quick snack we got moving again and the weather broke. Each step brought a few more raindrops but no biggie, we had our packs covered and caution thrown to the wind. Most of trail so far had been moving at a very gentle grade moving parallel to the mountain ridge. That picture above showing the river far below shouldve had been our first clue, but with this trail ending at the Eel River, there had to be a drop to get us down the mountain. Well, we know nothing can be easy and this trip was no different, not that we were looking for easy.

The next section of trail was definitely the crux, and the escape plan was straight down. Just as the trail started getting muddy from the rain, we were headed down switchbacks that almost had us rolling over each other. A few points had us doing some very technical assisted descent sliding.

At the bottom of the descent, just on this side of a small ridge before the river, we found a great spot to setup camp in a beautiful green meadow with some decent tree coverage along the edge. First step was getting the tents setup in this crazy downpour. Not expecting the rain this weekend, we quickly found out how quick everything in your tent gets wet without a rainfly. He harnessed power from his inner Bear Grylls and showed the rain what he was made of. A few passes of the knife and some creative exterior decorating, the tent was now a proper sanctuary.

Not any sooner than we finally setup camp, the rain finally stopped. Just a little tease I guess, but it was fun while the rain lasted. Finally a quick, pack less hike to check out the river and get some more water for nice and warm dinner.

The next morning the sun was out and shining, pretending it hadnt left us for dead the day before. We enjoyed a restful brunch waiting for tents and clothes to dry before getting back onto the trail.

A quick jaunt up the switchbacks was the highlight of the afternoon and boy were we glad to get back on some ground that wasnt vertical. All in all, the trip was a success and taught us to be ready for anything and that fun will be had in any conditions.

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