hiking
16 hours ago

I loved the scenery changes in this hike: by the creek and up/down hill (more up!), through meadows covered in wildflowers, in a burnt-tree forest, a wide meadow surrounded by far hills, and finally the lake! Wildflowers are out in force right now. Bring extra water or a purifier as there is limited shade. Tons of camping spots at the lake. And don’t forget to check out the meadow beyond the lake! Very few mosquitoes and no ticks. :)

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
scramble
1 day ago

Horrible trail, not clear at all and many spots are blocked by boulders that must have fallen during the March earthquake. The hot spring itself was chalk full of mites and ticks, I also contracted a rash after soaking for just 30 minutes. Maybe it was cool before but now it is miserable and not worth the effort.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
washed out
1 day ago

Terrible trail conditions. The spring isn’t hot and filled with mites. Not worth it!

bugs
muddy
over grown
scramble
1 day ago

The trail itself had good views, but the walk to the hotsprings was not worth it. It would have been, but the hotsprings have been overrun by bugs and mites and trashed by people. Very sad

This hot spring is not good. There are lots of mites in the water. It’s not hot and not deep. Do not recommend.

hiking
2 days ago

This is the first time I've hiked to Jennie Lake since the Pioneer Fire. It's still a beautiful hike, despite the burned trees.

hiking
4 days ago

it was a nice morning jaunt. ends at private driveway. . severe rain coming down till I had to turn back

Great well maintained trail with amazing views. Getting to the trailhead requires 4x4, but is definitely do-able. The lake has great fishing, and nice campsites for backpacking. Bugs weren’t bad at all in early July, and we saw a few deer.

Completed only the 3.5 mile part of the trail from Fir Creek Campground to the hot springs. There is about 0.8 mile of the trail that is super sketchy but doable if you are not carrying heavy or wobbly backpacks. A sign of an arrow on a tree with HS carved above it directs you towards the surreal hot springs. If ever in doubt about which way to go, make sure you are going down the river.

Lovely trail up to a lovely lake. There was some overgrowth at the beginning of the trail, but then opened up to beautiful Ewok forests and winds around giant granite boulders. We saw tons of wildflowers and mushrooms this time of year. There will be loads of huckleberries this fall. Lots of fish jumping in the lake at mid day with a tall Stone Mountain peak as a backdrop 4 kids ages 5-13 managed the trail easily with several snack and water breaks. They loved discovering the old broken down cabin. The kids saw a snow bank across the lake and were determined to play in the snow in June. There was no trail around the lake, but we managed to trek through the fallen trees to get to the swampy inlet and the snow. The mosquitoes were fierce on the far side of the lake. The only downside was the difficult road up there. You will definitely need high clearance. And as others have stated, do not follow goggle maps to the trailhead. Take west mountain road to 438 (willow creek) Follow 438 about 3.5 miles and you will see the trailhead.

hiking
over grown
8 days ago

Beautiful views on this trail! The alpine lake at the end is picturesque. There are a couple of logs to cross and some branches to push off the trail, but nothing major. Although only a mile, it’s got a calf-working uphill. If you want to camp, there were some great spots along the lake as well as nearby.

hiking
scramble
snow
9 days ago

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
10 days ago

Great trail. Both lakes are very scenic! The road to get there is rough and the initial ascent on the trail is overgrown and steep, but well worth it.

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 days ago

There are great views of the Cascade Reservoir from the lower part of the trail and the lake is beautiful. This is definitely one of the easier hikes I've done to an alpine lake, although I'm out of shape and took the steep uphill sections slowly. For trailhead directions, follow the other reviewer, Bob James (thanks Bob, very helpful!) and only attempt in a vehicle with decent clearance and probably 4WD/AWD, as the road does get very rough in the last half mile. The first quarter mile of the trail is fairly overgrown, so be ready to push branches out of the way. Aside from that, it was excellent.

Beautiful hike. Getting there to the trail was 31.5 miles of dirt roads away from Idaho City. Still, a worthwhile hike. The water flows almost the entire way. It does get a little feel of, "Come on. Are we there yet?" toward the end. But then, bam, you did it and it's a pretty lake. Quite a few hikers camped out up at the lake. Still snow across the lake but it made it even prettier to see. I couldn't really find a spot to dip my feet in like I wanted to, but still a sight to take in. The hike back out is easier and went faster. We hiked out in 2.5 hours with a 10 and 9 year old. We didn't see any wildlife but did see deer tracks and driving home, we saw 4 deer!

on Curtis Lake Trail

snow
14 days ago

Still quite a bit of snow in some spots but it was hard packed and fairly easy to walk on. We attempted to follow the AllTrails map to the lake however it did not seem accurate and we had a lot of difficulty finding the trail. Coming back down from the lake we found the blue and orange trail markers on the trees and had much better luck following those back to the car. The lake is pretty and we saw lots of fish jumping so probably a good spot for fishing. We had the trail to ourselves. Probably would be better once the snow melts

hiking
muddy
over grown
17 days ago

This is a great beginning backpacking trail with stops at 4, 6, 7, and 9 miles in. The trail is overgrown starting at mile 6 and get worse as you go up. We camped at 6 miles where there was a meadow, logs and fire pit with easy access to the stream. We dropped our packs at 6 and hiked the rest without packs as it started to become quite difficult. There isn’t a ton of shade between miles 2-6. The terrain is varied with forest, swamp, meadow, rocky and hills.

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