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East Crestwood Court is a public street off of Packsaddle Drive, which is also public. This parking is about 234 feet higher in elevation than the parking at Nettleton Gulch and it is much closer to the top of Mt Canfield. Take trail 29 from Crestwood to Canfield Loop Rd to the top, This avoids the most of the mountain bikes and motorcycles you may find near Nettleton Gulch.

Great hike. Fairly easy. Wonderfully maintained trail. I hiked it approximately two years ago.

I enjoyed this trail way more than I thought I would. I got there at 7 am and was the first one there on a Sunday morning. When I came down at 9, the parking lot was full and cars were waiting for spaces. The lookout is stunning and walking along the ridge is breathtaking. Definitely take the side trail to Elk Mountain Road Overlook when you get to the top. The view is stunning. I added pics!

Great hike with a great view. A lot of vertical increase and decrease so be ready to go up and then go down.
I wouldn't suggest it for those who can't handle constantly going up hill or downhill.

Great shoot off trail at that top.

With starting at the new trail head I would avoid it now. So many dirt bikes just not a super safe spot to start with pets. The people on the bikes hardly pay attention to which trails they are not allowed on. Wouldn't recommend now :/

Aside from one really nice overlook, there are probably better trails in the area. Good for kids and elderly people as it's not very strenuous. no hiking boots required.

04/18/2018-We started at Crestwood Court. The trail was in good shape. Two blow downs right before the Big Tree. Shortly after Big Tree the snow got very deep and numerous blow downs. We couldn’t make it to the Forrest service road to go up to the tower. Other hikers reported moose and bear on the trail past Big Tree. Still, we were able to hike 3.4 miles and gain 1,000 feet in elevation.

Great trail and views! Looking forward to returning on a less rainy, muddy day.

Great hike with kids and dogs. Trail is in great shape. Great views at the top.

Great hike this morning only one muddy spot a couple new fallen trees.

Beautiful over look

Some snow still, trail is well marked and was a nice 3 hour hike.

Great 3 mile loop, well maintained, and beautiful views! the parking lot was packed and overfull and that made me a little nervous the trail would be packed. It was busy, but not so busy the trail was crowded or people were stepping on eachother. Good little afternoon hike!

Pulled in the Beauty Creek campground area and crossed a shallow creek to start the trail. Highly recommend wearing yaktracks or stabilicers right now. Nice hike in the trees but was expecting more views. Would rate this hike as moderate, not hard.

It’s a good ol’ hike in the trees, not much for views along the way though.

It’s a fairly moderate hike that has a nice view and a few little surprises along the way

Great trail was mixed between ice and hard pack.

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.

Beautiful views, was really icy though and nearly slipped off the trail a couple of times. Going to wear micro spikes the next time!

As of Jan 15th the trail is mildly muddy with only a handful of sections that are very slick and icy. You do not need cleats or YakTrax at this point.

I went back in mid-November. We went all the way to the lake with no snow shoes but we made our own trail and the snow was 2+ feet deep in most spots. Beautiful hike but would highly recommend snow shoes and poles!

hiking
3 months ago

Great day in the woods playing in the snow, deep in parts but doable without snow shoes :)

Trail was snow packed already so we just wore our boots and headed up. Nice little climb and beautiful on a bluebird winter day. Took the switch back up and took an indent back that went straight down along the ridge. I've never been here before so not sure if we were on a designated trail but it all went back to the same place eventually. We saw a lot of deer tracks but didn't see animal or person the whole journey. If you love icy wisps and snowy pines I'd recommend bringing your camera or phone. Great little close-by if you don't want to drive too far.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is still close enough to town to be pretty crowded. We went in May last year and there was a TON of snow on the trail still. Mid June was when almost all of it was melted. BeAutiful views at the top.

Not a bad hike for the beginning of the season to get your hiking juices flowing! Pretty steep sections and a nice view from the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Not too bad getting in still. We took our friends FJ Cruiser up to the trailhead and it had no problems. The trail is totally covered in about a foot of snow but it has had enough traffic to make the trail obvious. My wife started in snowshoes but ditched them about half a mile in. Boots were fine. At the top, we were just about to pop out of the clouds but didn’t get a good view. Beautiful hike though, lots of fun.

Beautiful morning on mineral ridge today.. the fog started clearing out and made for some spectacular views. Nice short hike close to home.

Please be advised that this trail is now officially a snow sport. I hiked it today, prepared with ice cleats and snow shoes. There is about a mile at the top that requires snow shoes or lots of wading in snow. There were wolf tracks and lots of bunny tracks everywhere. As expected, even on a sunny day, the wind at the top was bitter cold.

Bunco Road to the trailhead is covered in ice. Even with snow tires and 4 wheel drive, I was slipping a bit. On the way down, a truck coming too quickly the opposite way, almost hit me. It would be wise to drive slowly on Bunco Road at this point.

I just added this on to the Caribou Ridge Trail hike its a nice trail but no views from the top.Wish I could have seen the old lookout tower.

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