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Silas Hyzer reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Keep your map handy as there are a lot of connecting trails, so it’s be easy to make a wrong turn. About 2 miles in is a decent stream crossing- I certainly recommend wp boots and trekking polls for that crossing and a couple others. The fall colors were pristine, I’ll be visiting this trail next summer for sure

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Deborah Kalfman reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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I have hiked this trail before. I decided to take my daughter in it, so we could have a picnic by the creek. 1.75 miles in, I was pointing out a chipmunk and I looked up and saw a Large Mountain Lion..... just be careful. I had my bear spray and a knife but the last thing I wanted to do is have to use it against that cat and I am thankful I didn’t. Just posting so people are aware!

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Michael Kelsey reviewed Heart Lake via Mainline Trail (#481)
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Pretty easy hike, loved the trail but a couple side notes about the app it malfunctioned halfway back down the mountain maybe it just lost gps signal. So I never got a complete route recorded. Also my time per mile is invalid because I spent 2 hours at the lake and that was included in my overall travel time. But the app saved my butt on a couple forks in the road so I love it

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Jean Lindgren reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Maps had me stop and park a good half mile from the trail head and actual parking lot. Which was kind of weird. The walk was enjoyable but I ran out of time and didn’t make it to Willard Creek. Maybe next time. I don’t live in the area just occasionally pass through. A fun little find. Beautiful walk with lots of little shady spots to stop and admire the view and trees

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tiana gerber reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

Creek is the end goal. Its quite and not busy. Saw one person at the beginning and then a couple towards the end. Trail is clear.

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Geoffrey McKinzie reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

This a great trail for hiking with kids or on horseback. It’s very pretty with lots of wildflowers. The trail is very well maintained and there are some picnic tables right at the end to have a nice break.

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Bill-Cheryl Keelan reviewed Heart Lake via Mainline Trail (#481)
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My wife and I hiked this trail in early July. The temperatures were bearable, but there was a lot of the trail that was in the sun. The lake was very pretty and worth the 9 mile round trip. We recommend starting early and taking food to have a picnic lunch at the lake.

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Mark Silverstein reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

Low key trail. Saw some big cat tracks in the mud. No scat! The dog was not anxious. All good with beautiful views.

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Little shade for a portion of the trail but beautiful hike to a beautiful lake. We did a trail ride with horses and only came across one group of two hikers, one other pair of horses, and one group of outfitters.

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Liat Hoffman reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Well marked. Very beautiful and peaceful trail covered with wild flowers! Great so beginners or families! We were told it was more heavily trafficked than normal this past weekend.

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Barbara Barnes reviewed Alice Creek Trail #490
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, the difficulty rating is accurate as the elevation gain comes with long and steep. Incredible views. We didn't make it to the junction. According to an iPhone app the mileage was 5 before getting there and an older mileage tracker clocked at 4.5. This was before hitting the junction. We started at 9:15 and it was getting too hot to risk more time than we intended. Will definitely go back. Did spot big bear foot print and cat tracks in mud. Made noise, loved the whole hike. A bonus were butterflies at all water crossings

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Monica Preisendorf reviewed Heart Lake via Mainline Trail (#481)
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Hiking

Would call this one heavily trafficked. The lake is pretty but the shoreline is really beat down from heavy use. Large areas are roped off for re-vegetation. We arrived to big piles of crackers (cheez-it and chicken in a biscuit) on the ground. We planned on staying three nights but left after one due to the condition of the lake shore/camping spots and the very high volume of day hikers/backpackers. Would not recommend if you’re looking for a pristine wilderness setting or solitude.

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Danielle Brenimer reviewed Heart Lake via Mainline Trail (#481)
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Beautiful trail but if you’re taking dogs make sure to bring lots of water. Not much along the way for them and not much shade on the hike. The lake is absolutely GORGEOUS! Lots of camping spots around the lake too.

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HikingNo shadeRocky
First to Review

Great trail, one difficult stream crossing on the Alice creek trail. Great views, quite steep. Wild flowers were great in July

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Robert Sellers reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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The mapping program took us to the wrong location for this hike. When you get to the top of the hill follow the “Willard Creek Trailhead” sign with an arrow pointing through a gate to the right and follow a road that looks like a logging road. It’s a couple miles to the parking area from there. If you’re looking at a parking area and a house in front of you with a large no trespassing sign, you haven’t gone far enough so follow the sign if your mapping program says “Arrived.” You can hike from there but it’s tougher and not really the original trailhead. Beautiful area, we enjoyed the Quaking Aspen groves. Timber pockets of large Spruce trees are gorgeous. Wild Iris, and lots of wild flowers. Lots of Timothy grass has been planted and expect game. There’s a thinning project going on and they cut down thousands of trees. Hundreds of burn piles scattered throughout the entire hike. It’s a populated hike but not bad. 5 cars in the parking lot and came across another hiker about every mile which is what you’re going to find with a short out and back. I’d rather be on a hike with people around so it was about right for me. Some elevation changes and I was starting to think this trail was more moderate than easy. Some places on the trail was washed away in the center and ankle twisting issues. I didn’t take poles but I think I should have because I’m prone to twisting an ankle. I’d like to come back after the thinning project is finished and all the burn piles are gone.

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Alexis Paul reviewed Webb Lake Trail
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This was a great trail! Lots of different types of scenery and wildflowers. Dog and horse friendly. Lots of incline on the way in. Pack plenty of water and Deet for the mosquitoes. Lots of birds singing around the lake (:

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Hannah Sutton reviewed Alice Creek Trail #490
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Hiking
First to Review

A nice day hike with pretty gradual elevation gain. The views were great, and the wildflowers were beautiful!

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William Patrick reviewed Heart Lake via Mainline Trail (#481)
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Muddy
First to Review

Went in the end of May. Was still a little cold but not too bad . Trail was a little muddy but regular hiking boots were sufficient. The trail getting to the lake isn’t anything to write home about, but along the lake there’s lots of beautiful camping sites and places to enjoy the view that make it worth it

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Brian Crowley reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

well marked with beautiful aspen groves spread out along the trail.. very easy hiking with minimal elevation gain.. really awesome views with a sweet picnic spot when you reach the river bottom.. (turnaround spot)

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Jeff Allen reviewed Stemple Pass
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Beautiful views and easy uphill hike towards lookout . Last third of the 6 mile loop hike not recommended. There is a locked gate and private land you have to cross and then you have to bushwhack to find the last two miles. This “trail” is an old mining road or logging skid trail that’s overgrown and has a fair amount of lodge pole blow down which crosses an old power line clearing on the steep north side of the ridge line. We could never find the start of this last section and resorted to bushwhacking down the power line to find it. This trail angles down and out onto the Stemple Pass road for the last mile. The marked trail route suggests crossing private property to climb to the pass and I don’t recommend hiking that way. I believe this route was made by a skier not a hiker four years ago. They crossed a lot of private land on 4 feet of snow that’s a bit tougher to access while hiking. I recommend turning around at the locked gate and retracing the 4 miles unless you’re into a gps adventure.

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Robin Bagby reviewed Stemple Pass
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We did this hike starting at the Stemple Pass trail head. We started the trail across the road from the map for the ski area. First 2 1/2 to 3 miles or a steady uphill climb in the path was well delineated. At about 7500 feet elevation you reach the Continental Divide Road go left and you start coming back down. The trail here is not nearly as well marked and you are on fire roads and forest service roads for a little while. At about the halfway point in the loop the trail dead ends at a gate heavily posted private property no trespassing.. We ended up bushwhacking through private property for at least a mile maybe 2 miles to try to find some semblance of the trail to get back to. The 6.6 mile hike described is closer to 8.2 miles the last part being a mile and a half uphill on Stemple Pass Rd. I would rate first half o f this hike five stars. The second half the non existing trail rates one star. I recommend doing this hike as an in and out hike maybe going to the continental divide road and back. Views and trail definitely worth it.

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Mike Tacchella reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Cute little stream... Hike is through an area that is getting thinned out so there are hundreds of burn pulled stacked everywhere. Lots of grass across the trail towards the end which got itchy on our legs.

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Ryan Whiteside reviewed Webb Lake Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

this track file will take you to heart lake which is where I went to. nothing really spectacular, most of the hike is through a regenerating Forest that was burned. the lake is nice.

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Nathan Ramin reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

Nice gentle walk through a forest across a couple streams.

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Joan Fabiano reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

This is a lovely gentle hike when you do not want to challenge yourself. Some nice views of the Elkhorn Mountains, refreshing aroma of Springtime Pine, wildflowers and rushing mountain stream with a picnic table at the end. Good.

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Scott Robinson reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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A nice hike, some pretty good views and nice picnic area at the end near the creek.

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David Garber reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Hiking

Well marked and maintained. Picnic tables at end.

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Floyd Arguello reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Beautiful hike. I was the only one on the trail. Parts of the trail are covered in snow and ice, but not too bad. Crossed the creek at the end and hung a right at the McClellan Creek Trail fork, and was able to go a half mile until there was too much snow.

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Daisy Mae reviewed Willard Creek Trail
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Beautiful country. Mountains surround the trail, 3 small streams along the way. Mostly flat. 4 miles round trip. Signs of horses,moose, deer, elk. Lots of woods. The trail was clean and maintained l. Old picnic tables at the end you can enjoy relaxing at by a creek bed. Only one other hiker on the trail

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