trail running
4 months ago

beautiful area but my little concern was the road up to the trail area was little rough also at the trail head people threw out poopy baby diapers, trash, wipes and sleeping bag. It will be nice if we always keep our Oregon Trail heads clean from trash. Overall beautiful area

Beautiful hike. Lots of big trees and river at the bottom. A bit of a work out coming back up but if your in average health you'll be ok just take it slow and steady. Lots of photo opportunities. Bring water and a lunch if you do it all at once. Our dogs loved it!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Only saw 2 other hikers, nice creek at the bottom for my dog to play in. Steep coming back out but well worth it

Make sure you have an off road vehicle and survival gear - and bear spray.

Make sure you have an off road vehicle and survival gear - and bear spray.

A really lovely secluded trail. The camp sites at the bottom of the trail are all creekside and very pretty, with plenty of good trees to string a hammock from. There's not too much to do when you get down there (as there aren't any other trails to explore), but bring along a hammock and a good book and you're all set.

Brushy trail down to a beautiful creek full of crawdads. There are ten or so little campsites scattered throughout the forest along the creek. It's a little bit of a climb back out but worth it.

All downhill going in and uphill going back. Relatively easy hike. Nice old trees along the way and ends at a nice stream that is a great camping area. Check out the crayfish in the stream. There are not that many, so protect the few that are there for others to see.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

This was a wonderful hike! You'll have to take a somewhat secluded, beat up road to get to the trailhead. Heading down the mountain consisted of beautiful, fairytale like scenery with old trees, wildlife, mushrooms, and clovers everywhere! At the bottom, you will reach a creek full of snails and crawdads. We had a lot of fun hanging out down there for a few hours. Bit of a steep hike back up, but worth every step!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

Definitely "lightly trafficked". When I got there, there was a man leaving. Then I had the trail to myself until I was on my way back out some people were hiking in. The forest views were lovely with lots of huge trees. The path is clear. Do not forget to bring bug repellent. Lots of flying bugs and a ton of spider webs in the trail. When you get to the creek there does not appear to be a good access point. My pup and I slid down a hill with loose dirt but the "bank" was no bigger than 2 ft in width. My dog enjoyed playing in the water and definitely needed to cool off. Also this is not a trail to take horses on.

hiking
Sunday, May 08, 2016

Neat river at end w mini lobsters and salamanders

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

nice trail, very easy to follow. did it in the rain, will go back on a clear day

hiking
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Path is wonderful. No issues. Can see that a big tree had just been recently cleared. Thank you whoever you are for doing that. The way back up was pretty tough for a new hiker. But we made it back up in an hours time. The trillium were in full bloom. Very nice hike. Next time may hike in to camp for the weekend.

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2016

I've only been down the trail 2 miles, however the trees and forest are beautiful. At two miles in there is a huge fallen tree. Be careful of that. I look forward to going further another time.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best part of our trip

hiking
Monday, August 24, 2015

I did the piece between Seperation Lake Trail and Horse Lake as part of a larger loop. It's a mostly forested trail with a variety of interesting flowers. There are some views, but only on the piece near horse lake. Nice trail.

hiking
Monday, August 17, 2015

We just did this hike for the second time. Except for a few extraordinary giant firs there is not too much in the way of views until you get to the creek. The creek is a great spot to hang out and poke around for crawfish. There are several really nice campsites along the creek side. Perfect places for pitching your tent and people have placed log seating around some big rock fire pits. Though I don't think these pits would qualify as sanctioned fire pits during fire closures. We saw a couple family groups with kids abotu 10ish hiking back up with backpacks so kids can do this too. It is a pretty stiff climb back up out though.

hiking
Friday, November 15, 2013

Harris Ranch Trail is a nice hike in, a steep hike out, but this is the feature of all three Drift Creek Trails. There are generally nice camping areas creekside at the end of this trail. I first hiked by the site way back in the 1950s when the Harris Ranch house was still nice and upright on the south bank. The trail can be a bit muddy during wet weather. Some folks hike in and fish for sea-run cutthroat trout and chinook salmon. It's a long hike out with a couple of chinook salmon. Both bicycles and stock are prohibited in the Drift Creek Wilderness Area (NO HORSES).

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

One of my favorite hikes! We used to hike with packgoats here at Drift Creek Wilderness back when it was just the end of an old logging road. The trail runs the length of a ridge down to the valley floor. The hike was always overgrown with salmon berries that we're up to 10' high in places. Very neat!

Once you get to the bottom, there is a trail that crosses the river and heads up the other side of the valley.

There are no waterfalls, like the one in the picture, but thousands of crawfish and cutthroat trout.

If you bushwhacked around the area, you would find old model "T" type cars out on old overgrown log roadbeds.

hiking
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The hike is nice and quiet. Not much use. Great little creek at the end. But from the parking lot this is a 8.8 mile round tripper per map my hike. Also it starts at about 2000' and goes to about 500' at the creek. Really enjoyed the peacefulness. Trail was a little overgrown in spots but that was part of the charm.

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