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I think it’s a trail that’s more interesting for mountain biking. Very little views.

backpacking
1 month ago

Cool hike

This is trail is still very snowy with bad ice in some spots. I highly recommend wearing snow cleats. I didn’t bring cleats so I had to turn around at the switchback because I couldn’t even make it up that without falling. Will try again in a month or so.

backpacking
8 months ago

Very convenient to get to, and you still get to experience some beautiful backcountry scenery. We also were able to find a very good patch of huckleberries. Highly recommend checking this one out. Make sure to see the views from the ridge line hike up to Ward Peak.

Beautiful hike!!! nice trail big cedars.

Alright trail. The views were mostly obscured by trees, but if you go left on trail 24.1 at the "end" of this trail, you can get to an overlook pretty quickly. Stay on 24.1 (don't veer right into 28.3) and it'll be pretty obvious when you get there. There's what looks line a split in the trail but really the one to the right just goes to a slightly higher overlook and comes right down next to the lower one, so go either way.

Excellent and definitely moderate with steep sections. We logged 3.6 according to two fitbits and 2000 ft elevation gain. Trail in excellent shape. Take exit 26 off I 90 then 6.2 mi on gravel road. TH obvious on right side.

backpacking
10 months ago

The map displayed is wrong as compared to the description as is the directions to reach the 262 trailhead. This is a top to bottom entrance and well this area is all about elevation; thus if you want to hike your tail off on the way out go for it. But I prefer the more difficult stuff the first day when fresh. Take exit 26 near Deborgia, MT. This is a tricky exit so be prepared when nearing it. Go 6.5 on up 886 to the trail head 262, just before the bridge. From hear take trail 262 to trail 280.We hiked in a dusk and had no issues with finding our way. The trail is steep and unrelentless with gain in elevation but worth every penny. Hazel lake doesnt offer many places to camp so we just went straight to Hub lake and camped at the west end of the lake where the majority of campsites were. Misquitos were thick to say the least. From the lake I highly recommend hiking to the top of Eagle peak and view all 5 lakes in the area. The trail is easy to follow and didnt have to scramble. The waterfalls above Hub lake we bush whacked to but was worth getting up on them. Definitely take time to check out the abandoned mine shaft as well. I highly recommend this hike, just be prepared to work hard for those 3 mi! No sign of bear though we hung our food anyway.

hiking
10 months ago

I'd do it again, but just not with 4 kids in tow next time

hiking
10 months ago

Decent enough hike, you can make it as long or short as you want. Trail sections off at many points and even has a trail going to the top of Mt Sentinel.

Easy to find and if in the mood to be in the trees, so relaxing. Many grouse along the way to be on guard with dogs who want a chase. Final point has beautiful scenary.

backpacking
10 months ago

This was my first multi day hiking experience and it was amazing! We hiked up from the 262 trailhead. The old growth cedars were beautiful and the climb was fairly easy until we connected with trail 280 and started the uphill switchbacks where the trail became steeper. We camped at Hazel lake the first night. There is only one really good camp site at this lake as most of the shore line is very brushy. We continued to Hub lake the next day and set camp in a beautiful little spot next to the lake. There is still a fair amount of snow so most of the lower camp sites have water in them. We decided to hike to Eagle Peak and ran into a lot of snow in the saddle between Ward Peak and Eagle Peak. We lost the trail several times so we ended up wandering until we ran across the trail again. The views from Eagle Peak are amazing and well worth the climb! We could see all four lakes from where we stood. Hazel, Hub, Mary and Square Lakes. Over all this was a challenging hike but was not as difficult as I was expecting. We hiked this in late June and had beautiful weather the entire time.

We followed google map's directions to the trailhead but encountered a no trespassing sign along the way so turned around to find a different way to access the trail. Found another road on google maps but after going across a one-lane bridge, the road quickly became so rocky and steep that we decided not to continue. Disappointed we couldn't find the start of this trail.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quick little jaunt with some nice views but look quick to find 'em. "I like"

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nice trail in Spring, opens April 1.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Beautiful views, open and clearly marked trail. Snow for the last mile in...gorgeous hike.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have done this hike as a weekend backpacking trip every summer for the past 4 years. features great views and an amazing lake with stellar fishing!

camping
Monday, October 10, 2016

It was a quick hike in with AMAZING views. Bring bug spray if you want to hang out around the lake.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's a hard hike but worth it. Go to the Overlook for your turn around. Great view. I Mtn bike it too so watch for bikers.

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Great for elevation training

Sunday, July 24, 2016

great trail with a great view at the end.... didn't much care for the 194 trees blocking the trail..... but 5 stars will do again

backpacking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gorgeous hike! More difficult than I was expecting but absolutely worth it. The scenery and the crazy amount of ripe huckleberries made the hike enjoyable still. As another reviewer already stated, don't bring a heavy pack!

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Hundreds of deadfall over trail, added to the workout. The peak is 1/2 mile into Flathead Indian reservation, a permit is needed to recreate on tribal lands.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Open year round and allows for off leash dogs. Wear tracks in the winter, the ground can be a little icy.

camping
Thursday, October 15, 2015

I'll say right up front, we took this one from the top and not the bottom and it was awesome! We parked in a giant campsite above Square Lake, and simply hiked the perfectly clear ridge line all the way to Ward Peak. The smell of Spruce was amazing! Ward is just above Mary Lake, which was our intended camp spot, but we could not find a way to get to it that felt safe. Also, Mary Lake has a bit of an algae issue at the moment, so we found the trail to Hub and went down to it. The weather right now is perfect, the colors are amazing, and we had Hub to ourselves. Spent a moment checking out the mine at Hub, and then took the trail that runs through meadows on the south side of Wark until we connected with a Forest Service road and back to our car. Great hike with stunning views.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

great hike, steady incline not for beginners. don't bring a heavy pack

Saturday, September 12, 2015

it is a progressive incline the whole way to the lake. I would not advise a 90 liter pack crammed with the works. the large cedar trees/forest at the trail head slowly changes into higher elevation forest. the incline changes steadily until you reach the lake. it has many sights to see. I went in September and the landscape was amazing I got to see a moose in the lake, a doe, and many none timid mice.
the fish were small. they like Flys but it was hard to get big ones.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A nice day hike with the dog.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nice hike in with the dog.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty hike. Lush. Close to town in Grant Creek.

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