Made it to the peak on 5/31/2020. Still lots of snow and no trail for the last mile roughly. 3hrs to the top and 5hrs round trip total. Great views and well worth the trek to the top.

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked to the meadows and then to Casey Peak on May 31, 2020. We started at a little after 9:00 am and finished about 7:15 pm. The temperature was in the 70s most of the day although the wind and clouds helped lessen the heat. There was a good amount of runoff to Casey Meadows and then more on the way to Casey Peak. The biggest obstacle to getting to the Peak and the reason to wait at least another week or two is the snow and rock that obscured the trail. We decided to ascend to the ridge at about 4.2 miles in but still had to scramble over and around about three steep rock fields with jagged, unstable rocks surrounded by snow that in two instances briefly claimed our shoes. The snow towards the Peak was waist-high in some areas and post holing was common and dangerous due to the rocks and the steepness. We were happy to have waterproof gloves and trekking poles but even so the last mile to the peak took a long time and several other groups turned back. It was windy at the peak but there is a lookout up there with no snow in it unlike in early April 2020. The hike down from the peak was easier but still dodgy due to high, slushy snow. Overall I would not recommend trying the peak attempt until the snow clears unless you have saved the route to an app (this helped us stay on track as much as possible on the way down) or are very experienced and have plenty of time. If you make it to the peak be sure to take a lot of pictures since the views are beautiful.

Not really a hike.... very easy.

hiking
18 days ago

Fun kid friendly hike. I missed the loop part. We hiked up to the second falls turned around and hiked back out. We went on a Sunday and it was one of the busiest trails I have seen.

hiking
18 days ago

Nice scenic trail. Not terribly challenging but worth it to get out and about. Would like to go back when it’s warmer and get under the waterfall itself.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
19 days ago

Fun short trail, bridge was out on the wider part of the creek but navigating the rocks made it technical and fun.

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rocky
25 days ago

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icy
snow
30 days ago

Great trail for our family with a 3 year old and a 1 year old! We just went May 2020 and there was still some snow packed on the trail with a very narrow icy section on a hill that was difficult to get by with the littles but it was very worth the effort! Beautiful waterfall and easy short hike! Highly recommend!

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Shin-deep snow from mile 4-5 of trail on and off, but beginning and end were fully clear and dry as of 5/2/20. Beautiful spring hike with lots of berries and wildflowers just starting to pop up. You need hiking boots and hiking poles are VERY helpful on the downhill return.

Trail 411 was not a loop. We came out at the Highwood trailhead and took the road back to the car. It was about three miles, including the walk on the road. One of the bridges was out, so we got our feet wet crossing the creek. It cooled us off, but left us with soggy feet.

walking
1 month ago

Loved this! it was my intro to hiking...so it was perfect for me. Runs along the river with some dips and moderate climbs in the path. The history is detailed in some historical markers. Overall just a cool experience for a beginner!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Great hike! Went yesterday was a little muddy but not bad!

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked this to Casey Peak on Sunday, April 5, 2020, starting at about 7:10 a.m. There was a little wind throughout the day and the temperature went up from 24 to 48 through the day. The hike to Casey Meadows was pretty easy with diamond spikes and without snowshoes, but after that the trail was snowed over pretty much the whole way to Casey Peak. Snowshoes were a necessity staring at the meadows. The path was relatively easy to follow until the trailhead sign. After that I had to make my way across really deep snow that was almost impossible to get through even on snowshoes. I had to stop and back up a few times, and the snow was 4-5 feet high. This is a hard hike any day and in the snow it was almost too much. I had to go pretty much straight up over about 7 hills. It took me four hours to go a little over 2 miles from Casey Meadows. It gets really windy toward, and especially at, the top. The building at the top is a great marker although it had snow drifts inside and the window was apparently replaced with a smaller window, so it lets a bit of air in. It is a nice place to stop and warm up a bit and the views are pretty amazing. I got back to the parking lot about 5:30, after about 10 1/4 hours. As a final note, I would not recommend counting on making it to the peak in snow unless the trail is already broken all the way to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Looking for some in put on this trail. Looking at making it a over night trip with horses. Wondering if there is any water crossing or any narrow bridges got a younger horse that’s still getting used to that stuff coming along on this trip. Would love any info on trail you got. brokenskulltransport@yahoo.com

hiking
2 months ago

My niece and I did this on March 20, 2020. It was about 34 degrees when we started and about 39 degrees when we finished. It was a bit of a late start, at just before 10 am. The snow was pretty solid the first 1.5 to 2 miles and then it got softer, not slushy yet but definitely more likely to post hole in the soft snow. We were surprised to see a snowboarder at about 2.5 miles in. At Casey Meadows we stopped (rather than trying for the peak) due to the late start and since we did not have gaiters or snowshoes. The snowboarder said that the snow was “sugary” up higher and very difficult even in snowshoes because of sinking. We did not see much wildlife but it was a beautiful day on which the clouds made the photos turn out nicely. It was fairly slushy in the last two miles. Vehicle clearance was not great but doable in a sedan. If you try for the peak this time of year be prepared with snowshoes. The micro spikes ended up being not as necessary or useful except in a few areas.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful area to hike, especially in the winter. The falls are very scenic in the deep snow and ice!!! The trail isn’t very long, but is well worth the hike!!!

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Groomed snowmobile trail part of the way, which made it easier to walk on but steady incline in the beginning for snowshoeing. We stopped and had lunch and played with our Husky pup in a clearing. I will be back in the summer to hike the loop.

hiking
4 months ago

I hiked this on February 1, 2020, starting at about 9:30 a.m. The temperature was in the 50s and the wind was blowing intermittently but not as much as it did after the hike. There is a tree down in the middle of the trail so be careful not to get sidetracked. The snow was fairly hard packed until around noon, when it got slushy and watery. Definitely need good traction. I’d recommend spikes like rather than coils. No need for snowshoes unless you plan to hike past Casey Meadows, in which case you will definitely want snowshoes if it is still winter.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail! About 10 minutes into the hike there’s a very icy area that you might not be able to get up without cleats. Beautiful and easy hike though! Dog friendly.

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snow
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

pretty decent trail. easy walk some cool history and pretty well follows the river most the way. not much to look at though, pretty flat.

hiking
8 months ago

the natural hot springs were neat to see.

I really enjoyed this hike. The waterfall and lake were stunning and the wildflowers were prolific. I got hit with 3 short afternoon thunderstorms on this hike which was cool to experience. The trail is in excellent condition. It steadily slopes upwards the entire way to the lake but it's doable for any hiker with average abilities. I think the moderate rating is fair. I only saw one other group of people on this hike. Took me just under 4 hours to complete.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

This is an absolutely amazing trail! You start out going up switchbacks in a heavily wooded valley for the first mile or so. There are some "shortcuts" that cut through the switchbacks. Don't take the shortcuts though....They're poorly maintained, incredibly rocky, and very steep. Then you break out of the trees, continue to climb the switchbacks, and then you will enter a flat meadow area with gorgeous views of the mountains to your left and the plains to your right. On a clear day you can see for over 100 miles up there. I could see all the way to the Sweetgrass hills and to Highwood Baldy. It was absolutely stunning! You will then continue along a gently undulating ridge and walk through wooded areas and meadows. You WILL lose the trail at times. The grass in the meadow is quite thick and it can be quite hard to stay on the trail in places. Look for where the grass has been beat down hikers if you lose the trail. There are also a couple of fallen trees you will have to climb over but it was no big deal. If you do lose the trail don't get discouraged. It's easy to pick back up again. Once you get towards the loop at the end the trail kind of just disappears. You can improvise here. I recommend walking up to the base of the granite peaks above you. You'll be in an amazing bowl of granite peaks with great views. Also, the wildflowers were prolific when I hiked this trail and I caught a gorgeous sunrise. The trail is in fair condition but not great. It's very rocky in some places, overgrown in others, and it doesn't look like anyone has maintained the last couple of miles of this trail for a long time. This did not make the hike less enjoyable though. It took me just under 6 hours to complete this hike. I did not see another soul during my entire hike. I don't think many people are aware of this trail. The road up to the trailhead is very bumpy and rocky but my Mazda 6 made it up it just fine. I loved this trail and I'd love to come back and hike it again one day.

horseback riding
rocky
8 months ago

Breath taking scenery. Only gave it such a mediocre review because of the footing. If planning on taking horses make sure they are shod! Very very rocky the first three miles. If it wasn’t for that it would have been a perfect ride.

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