Explore the most popular Camping trails in Bull of the Woods Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

The weather was perfect for this overnighter in mid-November, but it may be an anomaly. Cool to warm during the day and cold but not too bad at night on the Upper Twin Lake. Ponds on Bagby trail back were frozen in the morning. The hike up Battle Ax is challenging, elevation is not too bad if you’re fit, but the bits of side exposure to abyssal drops aren’t for everyone (I crawled like a baby two or three times). Battle Ax summit has recently been camped and there’s broken glass in the fire pit I was unable to remove. I encountered a mountain goat which I believed was a white bear until I spoke to a ranger. If you see a white bear don’t freak out like I did. It’s a goat.

hiking
4 months ago

Hi, my friend and I car camped at the trailhead last night and we left her short board under the car, then drove away without it (forgetfully). We’re praying that someone saw it and can help us get it back to its owner. Please contact 808.295.6488 if you have any info. Thank you!

I hiked into Pansy Lake on a Friday afternoon. the hike was pretty easy only gaining 500' or so in elevation. when I arrived at the lake I had my choice of campsites as no one else was there. There are probably half a dozen decent sites around the lake itself, with another 10 or so smaller sites back away from the water, scattered throughout the woods. The lake itself is quite small and shallow with a pretty muddy bottom. Being so shallow it was fairly warm and felt great as a post-hike plunge. On day 2, I hiked the Bull of the Woods loop clockwise. This requires hiking back towards the trailhead about half a kilometer and taking the 549 trail spur. This trail is somewhat overgrown in a couple of places which had me wondering if I'd somehow gotten myself lost. I hadn't. There is also a fair amount of blown-down after you pass the spur to Dickie Lake...nothing insurmountable though. The trail then climbs about another 1000' until you reach the ridgeline. After the ridgeline is attained, it's a fairly easy hike along the crest that offers a number of pretty amazing views! Bull of the Mountain Lookout does not disappoint. The day I was there was quite clear and I was able to see a close-up view of Jefferson, as well as Hood, Big Slide, Three Finger Jack, and the Sisters...Amazing!! After the Lookout, the trail is all downhill back to the lake. As you get closer to Pansy Lake, you will cross several scree fields that can be kinda rough on sore, tired feet, which makes the post-hike dip in the lake that much more enjoyable! As a bonus, hiking this trail in mid-late August will provide you with the opportunity to pick and eat as many Huckleberries as you can possibly stomach! Seriously! This loop probably took me an hour longer than it otherwise would have because I kept stopping for berries! Delicious!! I stayed one more night at the lake and then hiked out on Sunday. Over the course of those 3 days I only saw 5 other groups of people. One family ended up camping at the lake, while the others were day hikers passing through. I honestly expected to see heavier traffic for the last weekend before school starts so I was pleasantly surprised. All in all it was a great hike and trip. Easy enough that just about anyone could do it, but difficult and rewarding enough to let you feel like you've really accomplished something when you finish.

So pretty and not hard at all

hiking
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

I’m not sure why the trail to Pansy Lake is rated as difficult, that part of the trail is pretty easy. We made this an 8 mile loop by hiking up to Bull of the Woods which was a good climb, tons of huckleberries right now.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
6 months ago

hiking
over grown
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Great hike despite the trail being overgrown and washed out in several places. The views from the top of battle ax make the switchbacks worth it! We hiked in Thursday and didn’t see anyone else until we reached Upper Twin Lake. Coming back down Saturday, there were lots of people going up. Going on a weekday definitely helps to beat the crowds.

Great loop hike. Amazing 360 view at the top of all the cascades. Overgrowth along the Dickey Lake Trail.

Did this for Father's Day Weekend. It was great, only thing is I did not expect it to be such a rough trail. Washed out, over grown, downed trees, especially in the beginning up Battle Ax. Not as rough as Elk Mountain but significantly rougher than King, Hamilton, Dog, Saddle, Crescent, etc.

It is a well maintained trail. We camped for 2 nights, had good weather. Snow is virtually gone. mosquitoes are plentiful. creeks are drying up.

Have a map! Great hiking, but the trail was difficult to follow. We completed the loop after being forced to look for the trail a few times. Great camping spot right on a creek.

Trekking poles and bug spray are a must. Follow pink ribbon and rock cairns on trail 557.

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