This is one of my favorite hikes my 4 year old hiked the whole trail the elevation gain is no joke but the views are breathtaking. Trail is thin but well kept.

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snow
18 days ago

Awesome hike yesterday! The trail had a few downed trees and it was quite snowy. We didn’t make it all the way to Maxwell lake due to the trail becoming too thick with snow at the top and being unseeable. We were able to do some glissading down some of the valleys still packed with snow to cut time off our trek back. Overall, it was absolutely stunning! The road in to the trailhead is still snowy so we parked about 2.5 miles from the trailhead and hiked in. Even though we didn’t make it to the lake we had an overall trip of 10.9 miles and it took 4 hrs and 20 min. If you plan on going right now make sure you download the trail map on your gps, it was definitely a lifesaver for us when the trail became hard to find due to the snow.

AMAZING views. Definitely a killer hike but so worth it. Didn’t make it to the mine, too much snow at the top to see where the trail was. It’s a pretty thin trail. Ended up going off trail and exploring on the way back down. The trail the map shows is not accurate, there are way more switchbacks at the beginning than it shows. Would definitely do the hike again!!

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1 month ago

The trail runs along Hurricane Creek, though most of the time it can only be heard. Mixture of open areas and groves of trees. Excellent views of Sacajawea Peak along the way. A good number of snow patches still covered the trail leading to Slick Rock in late April. Deep snow from an avalanche in the gully by Slick Rock blocked further progress down the trail.

I was here in September. This was the beginning of a week long backpacking trip. If you are camping at Twin Lakes this would be good afternoon hike. There are some pretty sub-apline meadows where hikers and wildlife meander and can make it challenging to see the established trail. I wouldn't commit to coming to this area just for this trail but as a side trip or the beginning of a longer trip is where it shines. This area is remote. Services are over 20 miles away; plan accordingly.

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6 months ago

Great trail! I've hiked it in both the summer and late fall. The trail is well maintained. Make sure to bring cash $5 for a day use fee.

This trail was one to remember. Some solid incline with beautiful views every step of the way. It’s not for anyone who’s out of shape however. The conditions were sunny and a slight bit of snow at the top of the hike. Tiring but a great way to spend the day.

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snow
7 months ago

Had a great hike over to the lake. There was snow on the trail but wasn’t super deep. Scenic views all the way there and only ran into 2 people towards the end of the hike

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scramble
snow
8 months ago

Like others have said, make sure you have multiple maps (trail and topo map). We missed the creek crossing in the beginning, but after looking at a topo map I bushwhacked the ridge to the trail. If you plan to do this in one day, prepare. The mileage can range from 13.5 to 16 depending on your route. Bring a water purifier or lifestraw to save weight (depending on time of year, water may be murky. If you plan to stay over night, the meadow prior to the final push is worth it. I will coming back to do such. Beware, there is snow at 8300 feet and the local forecast calls for more this week. The peak trail is steep switchback central, so plan accordingly. I'm the trail -1 purely because of the initial poor trail.

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rocky
8 months ago

Perfect day hike. Still warm enough to jump in the crystal clear lake. Really discouraging and sad to see the amount of people that neglected the wilderness regulations and built illegal campfires. Beautiful and challenging hike.

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rocky
washed out
8 months ago

Working trail crew for 6 days. Cramped in the meadow. Had cold winds, rain, snow, sunshine and some star lit nights. Would definitely go again but maybe 3 weeks earlier.

My wife and I hiked this all the way to Legore Lake in September 2014. It was our first extreme hike. I’m not kidding about this hike, it is stupid tough. It is a 20% grade, around 4100’ elevation change in 4 miles. The last mile or so, we were going over boulders as big as cars. We did see mountain goats at the top, which were impressive. I believe the peak is around 9100’ before you drop down into the lake. The views are a one-of-a-kind beautiful and just breathtaking. The hike was a bit eerie, though because we were the only ones on it. Descending was the worst part. It was like trying to walk on marbles practically the whole way down. Our legs were sore for about two weeks afterwards, but it was worth it!

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9 months ago

My sister and I hiked about 4 miles of it today, wasn’t busy at all, no bugs, and brought our two dogs who had the best time!

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9 months ago

Gorgeous, so worth doing! We hiked a little beyond slick rock (around 9, slick rock is probably 8 out & back) as day hike but beautiful & really enjoyed it!

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9 months ago

13.4 is not accurate. Closer to 15+ and that last mile uphill will test your will and determination. Amazing 360 degree views and worth the doms. I would recommend you set up camp in a meadow instead of doing the whole trail in one day like I did, that way you can walk the ridge to Matterhorn and take time to enjoy the summit. The trail is easily lost, cross the river about 2 miles in at the log crossing, walk into the white rocks to rejoin the trail and look for cairns, load up on water before you start climbing. Not a lot of wildlife, but beautiful hike nonetheless.

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9 months ago

Hiked 8-20-19. A classic mountain ascent. Began around 6:45am. Like others have stated, the turn for the peak trail is easy to miss. If you aren’t able to follow a map, know that about two miles in, there is a triangular intersection where a log pole has been laid across the trail (and sunk into it as if it was a step). Turn left there and cross the creek. There are a few logs laid across as a bridge a little ways back (flow was little more than ankle deep when I crossed anyways). From there it’s fairly easy as far as navigation. Once you reach the upper meadows where the brooks are flowing, you may need to find the trail again, but it’s quite easy. If you miss where it leads off to the right, just keep following the streams up, then head up to the right where it looks like a human would logically keep going up. You’ll meet up with the trail again. Skirts around the mountain and goes up the side of the cirque. Steep gravel and rock. Only one or two slightly sketchy spots. The trek down actually wasn’t as awful as I thought it’d be, though my quads are still faintly sore 5 days later. I wasn’t rushing anything, and I dawdled with a ridge line walk toward Matterhorn, but returned to the car before 3pm.

8/24/19 hiked to Moccasin Lake only another .6 miles past Mirror Lake. Definitely worth the extra distance. Loved this hike! Trail is in great condition. The small bridge in the meadow at 6ish miles looks dangerous but it’s pretty safe. The first 2.5 miles I would rate hard. 1400 feet of the 2400 feet of elevation gain come in the first 3 miles. The rest of the trail is moderate to easy. Apple Watch has the hike to Mirror Lake at 7.8 and 8.8 to Moccasin Lake. Next time we want to camp and explore the other trails up there.

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9 months ago

Hiked up to Minam Lake on 8/19. Trail is clear but very dry and dusty. Granite Gulch fire burning beyond the next ridge made for a very smoky hike and limited visibility. Still gorgeous though. Although the Two Pan trailhead was full of cars, we only encountered 5 other hikers on the trail. Great introductory hike up into the Eagle Cap wilderness. Just wish we'd made it an overnight hike instead of a day trip so we had some more time at the lake and in the meadows.

on Maxwell Lake Trail

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bugs
9 months ago

Beautiful hike with views of adjacent mountain, Lostine River, wild flowers and more. The switchbacks are pretty nice the first 3 miles roughly. Last mile is fairly steep but with many spots to stop if needed. I have even seen horses on this trail although the gravel near the top is a little scary. The two lakes at the top are stunning, just be sure to bring mosquito spray as sometimes swarms of them are near the top.

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over grown
scramble
9 months ago

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9 months ago

spouse and I hiked this 8/6/19. we both really enjoyed the tree shade and rock-less trail. couple areas along trail have water. lake is very cool! mosquitoes at the lake are a hassle. only saw a few other people. oh yeah, the ice cold river at the trailhead, the clearest river water I've seen, is great for soaking the feet and legs. also noticed either gold or pyrite in the sand by the bridge.

It's scary... in a beautiful way. The trail essentially doesn't exist after the first half mile or so. You'll find the marker just past the Twin Lakes "campground." The area is remote. It's accessible via a gravel forest service road that doesn't agree with much more than big trucks or maybe dirt bikes. There are plenty of wildflowers on the path. Even so, if there is ever a trail in lower 48 where you might seriously want to consider bringing bear spray or some other deterrent/protective aid, this is probably one of them.

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bugs
10 months ago

last mile 1 1/2 is a killer, But the view at the lake was beautiful mosquitoes were bad until the temperatures dropped off at night

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10 months ago

hiked to slick rock Creek. the waterfall was worth the climb.

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10 months ago

I camped at Shady campground to get an early start very convenient and a very quiet clean campground. Nice trail with some switchbacks. A peekaboo glimpse of the lake from the top then it comes into full view. Spectacular. Wild flowers everywhere. The last mile in was tough for me, being used to much lower elevations. The hike down a little slick with granite gravel. I recommend not wearing trail runners as my shoes ended up full of granite dust and so I ended up with blisters. There is no trail around the lake. I scrambled over the rocks and snow/ice. It was pretty steep going. I saw 5 people the whole trail. All and all was a great hike. Mosquitos didn’t bother me but I had bug spray on. Did get two bee stings.

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10 months ago

One of the best day hikes in oregon. After turn off to echo lake you cross the river. About a mile up we ran into a bear near trail so let it be and turned around. Views of Matterhorn incredible.

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bugs
10 months ago

Hiked July 29. Trail is fantastic, great views, weather fantastic. Currently a lot of mosquitoes at the lake which keeps you from chilling out there for long but it’s beautiful. Water not too cold either. A normal pace In and out without taking too much time there because of bugs is about 4 to 4 1/2 hours.

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