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blowdown
muddy
washed out
2 days ago

Gorgeous hike on a gorgeous day. Too much water to go all the way to the lake and stay dry. We made it about 1/2 mile from the lake. It could have been done and I believe others did do it, but there was quite a bit of scrambling, log balancing and rock hopping. The water was running over and down the trail in torrents. We will be back in a few weeks!

hiking
flooded
washed out
3 days ago

Springtime conditions were intense. Runoff washed out trail. Was unable to reach lake. Would be an excellent hiking later in the season.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
3 days ago

Very pretty and easy start. At 3.1 miles trail was crossed by wide stream of water. We could have waded across but decided to return in a few weeks. Gave it four stars but it might well earn five next time. There’s a lot of trail we did not see.

Great hike! Kids had a blast!

hiking
muddy
rocky
10 days ago

The hike tonBig Creek Lake is amazing. It’s a great overnight hike or a long day hike if your up for that. The lake was mostly frozen over but most of the snow leading up to the lake has melted. I camped out above the lake and hiked out the next morning!

Awesome trail vice nice and shady, the creek is amazing. Busy trail but it was Memorial Day weekend so that was to be expected. Can’t wait to go back and do the whole trail!

5/17/20: Road can be driven with any vehicle as long as it hasn't rained recently. Trail is dry for the first 2 miles, then hard packed snow for the next few miles. Then mostly dry with patches of snow down to the lake. I found a dry spot to camp at the lake, but they were limited. If you try to go too much past Peterson Lake the trail gets pretty muddy/snowy and hard to follow. There are a couple nice viewpoints in the first 2 miles, then a nice view of Peterson lake about 4 miles in. Parking limited to about 7 vehicles, it was just about full when I pulled in at 1 pm on Saturday.

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flooded
muddy
over grown
snow
16 days ago

Completed an overnight on May 16th - May 17th. Snow appeared in the last 1.5 miles, but it wasn't too much of an obstacle until the last mile. No snow over the packbridge, but the overflow crossing just after the packbridge to get to the lake was about mid-calf deep and very, very cold. We and a few other parties successfully crossed but had to take off our boots. Trail was quite wet from runoff for about 1/4 of the mileage and required trudging through small streams. We had the lake to ourselves and were able to find a semi-dry spot to camp at the lake, but it would be difficult if there were more parties spending the night. Overall, a wonderful backpack and a great way to open the season with its gentle grade, beautiful wildflowers, and rewording views.

hiking
bugs
rocky
23 days ago

A gorgeous hike. Starts off on blacktop for a little bit in the first mile. Around 3.5 miles you will reach a large waterfall where you will cross a bridge over to the other side. Really neat in May due to the snow melting. Most people turn around here but it's about the same distance if you just finish the loop. You will find another smaller watefall in the next couple of miles. At the end you walk along the dam to get back to your car. Not a lot of shade so bring plenty of water and food. There are also plenty of spots to bring a hammock to attach to some trees and just relax.

Completed May 8. Trail doesn’t get snowy until six miles in... That being said, there are three feet of snow over the packbridge. It’s a wonderful trail, just hard to get to the lake.

Great day hike, easy trail. We hiked the north shore out and back (picnic/day area side) in April. It was 3.5 miles each way. Took our 3 yo granddaughter and she did great. In the backpack about half and walked the rest. Water falls are amazing due to spring run. Did have to cross several sections of water in the trail but nothing crazy or scary. Later in the summer would be hard as there is not much shade but great in the spring.

The lakes and basins are unbelievably beautiful right now! Lots of snow past about mile 7.5 and I believe the lakes are still frozen as of 5/3/2020. If ya head up soon just follow all the post holes lol

We ended up not hiking the trail due to significant snow in late April. The road up is definitely worthy of 4WD with clearance. In fact, we couldn’t make it all the way up due to snow, and parked about 1/3 mile from trailhead, while watching another group try to make it and nearly going off the road, requiring a tow truck to get them out. Road is definitely 1 way with few places to safely turn around. Recommend waiting till mid-June for snow to melt.

Beautiful trail along Kootenai Creek. Spring runoff has started! Trail has a constant up but not to steep. In and out of tree cover. Lots of wildflowers at 2 plus miles in an old burn area.Hiked as far as the wilderness boundary ( mile 3). No snow or ice encountered on this trip.

nature trips
1 month ago

Hiked this trail on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Great temps at 60+, low to no wind, open sunshine, beautiful views. Started around 2pm. Trail is clear and visible.

Good well maintained trail! Directions are a little confusing.. make sure you keep going straight on the road where it tells you to stop and then you will come across a “stock car parking lot”, then the trail is right there! I was a little nervous on the trail that it wasn’t going to loop back around but as long as you stay on the main one you will be fine and it takes you back to the picnic area. Also my Fitbit recorded it as 5 miles total instead of 6.4. Pretty trail!

I took my 11-year old, 9-year old, and our 5month old malamute on this trail yesterday. we had a great time. lots of horses and dog and it seems we are the only people who ever leash their dogs( someone's snauzer ran at and bit my Malamute who was hiding behind me in terror) but those are my only complaints. Trail well maintained...easy to find...well marked...lots of other trails you can take to do some exploring. Many wildflowers, and you drop down to a stream twice off the main trail so your doggos can get some water. it's an easy trail. Great scenery. Will do again.

This is a good trail! It goes on forever so we just hiked about 2 miles in. Lots of good views, no ice or snow, flowers are starting to bloom, and only saw a couple of people. We brought our dogs and they did good. There are multiple spots where they can get a drink. There were some piles of dog on the trail that we knocked off with a stick. Remember to bag it if you bring your dog.

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