We gave it a half hearted try to get to the trail head, snow on the road 14 inches deep in the shade. not saying you would not make it. had about 6 miles to go to the trailhead, other people were turning around, wonderful views from the road.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 days ago

We went after it rained so there were a few extra puddles but nothing terrible. We parked at the 2nd bridge instead of the trailhead. You could probably take a car up to the trailhead but it’s only an extra half mile. The hike was really easy and really scenic. Wild flowers everywhere. Found 3 Morel mushrooms right off the trail. And the first 1.5 miles of the trail are littered with quartz, citrine, jasper, petrified wood, and some pyrite. If you know what to look for you won’t have a problem adding some hand picked crystals to your collection. As far as wildlife we saw roads,lizards, woodland rodents, tons of butterflies and a lot of mosquitos... we did hear some growl type sounds for a while and saw what looked to be deer fur littering part of the trail. Just be aware of your surroundings.

backpacking
blowdown
bridge out
flooded
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
10 days ago

This would be such a great place if the trail around the lake was assessible, but most of it is underwater and the crossing for the outlet is non-existent. We tried to find a route to the bomber around the side of the lake we could access and wound up scrambling across a marsh that was so tough to navigate we had to bushwack up the morrain to another trail just to return to our campsite. The fishing was terrible, we had people choose to camp right next to us when there were other campsites available, and were frustrated with the numerous trails that simply dead ended into down trees. Maybe this is better in the summer if the water in the lake drops, but definetly don't recommend this trail as it stands now.

hiking
snow
24 days ago

Great trail. Lost the trail on the way up due to snow but the way out we had zero issues. Got to the lake itself later in the afternoon only to realize the bowl was snowed in on all sides. A little bit of sliding and hopping gets you down to the lake but getting out can be a little tiresome and tricky if you can’t walk on top of the snow. Overall, fun trip and great fishing, very pretty views on the way up

hiking
30 days ago

Pretty great and easy trail. We got a bit confused with the directions - the right towards Hazard Creek follows over a sketchy bridge, and about a mile down an old Jeep road until the 2nd bridge that the description speaks about. Then a mile up to the actual trailhead, which you can drive to if you do not want to hike a steep mile.

A little muddy but that’s because there were patches of snow. Did it in October and it was cold. We did an out and back.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

This was a great hike. We would have made it further, but my 4 year old got tired. The road up to the trail head was washed out in some places and hard to get through. We ended up walking up to trailhead. But overall I definitely reccomend!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Hard climb but the views are worth it.

Out and back trail, easy to follow. Beautiful views! A little snow!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike in mid September. We went clockwise. I think next time I would go along the river both ways. Not a difficult hike just long. Didn't bother with going to the bomber.

hiking
9 months ago

The beginning of the trail is very steep and back and forth. The trail says hard and it really means it. However, along the hike you have AMAZING views and camping by the lake was completely worth it!! I would highly recommend this trail. Just be prepared to get a killer workout in

hiking
9 months ago

The first 20 minutes is a nice workout but still very manageable. I did this as a day hike and it was quicker than I imagined — about a 2 hour mostly uphill hike in and 1 hour 15 minute mostly downhill hike out. Stellar views, only a few people, and lots of great camping spots at the lake and 15 minutes before the lake. I would rate this hike as moderate (although keep in mind I only had a few pounds in my bag).

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

Phone read 4.06m in 1:03:29 with 1354ft of gain. I turned around at the vista due to time constraint. Don’t let other reviews stop you from going. Although the trail is not marked well you simply follow the dirt road up the hill. Views at top are worth it.

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

This is very poorly marked and there are multiple paths at the start. I marked a divergence where the heavily traveled trail is not the trail. The actual trail is over grown and cut off by fallen trees. We actually abandoned the hike as the trail disappeared and the path went off into the trees.

Another trail best hiked clockwise if you want to enjoy it at its fullest. Along the stream is well shaded and cool, and Loon lake has a few sandy spots to refresh your feet before the hard walk back to Chinook campground. Don’t waste your time wading through high grass and swampy ground to reach the old crashed bomber site which offers not much more than a carcass of twisted metal. Returning to the trailhead is an ugly dusty walk through fallen pine trees ( old fire or beetle infestation?) offering no shade for nearly 2 hours.

1st of all...it's over 8 miles....not 6. Very dusty powder the whole way. not well marked. luckily someone posted a picture to take a left at one of the forks, the others were a coin flip. You will climb and descend twice each way so altitude gain is misleading.

ohv/off road driving
10 months ago

excellent ride up cabin creek. follows the power lines up over the top and ties in with the johnson crk rd. Came back down warm lake road and then road some short trails that looped back to warm lake. Ended the the trail recording at the camp site #27

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