Nice trail with minimal route finding. Cross the river to grizzly peak was a bit difficult but doable with some time. The incline to grizzly peak is quite gradual. Time recorded includes all of our break for photos and such.

Found an iPhone up there. Hit me on the gram if it’s yours. cmnutini

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Review from Friday 5/29/2020, high temps got to around 85. Fabulous views everywhere! Simply breathtaking. Ended up spending about 10 hours in the area exploring around. Here's the overview: Road to Trailhead: All clear from 22 up to the trailhead. No snow, road is in great shape. Trailhead: Recently maintained, huge blowdown was removed, restroom is closed and locked due to COVID-19 Trailhead to Pamelia Lake: Nice easy hike, except for the blowdowns, and there are a lot of them. Probably 10-20, some of which are difficult to cross and require navigating around. Nothing too terrible though and the trail is still easy to follow. One little creek crossing that would get your shoes wet if you don't have proper footwear. Pamelia Lake: Seems quite full, I ended up wrapping around about half the shore line and went down Hunt's Creek Trail a ways looking for a swimming spot, and found a great one! Definitely brisk, but so beautiful and a great little dip to cool off. Pamelia Lake to Grizzly Peak: As expected, this was the most challenging part of the hike. From the very start, just a few hundred yards down the trail from the Pamelia Lake/Grizzly Peak trail junction, the trail is completely flooded out by the lake for about a 100 yard stretch. I couldn't find a path through, I went around to the left and bushwacked on the way up, and through the other side on the way down. It's navigable but you will get very friendly with some trees in the process. After that, the trail climbs pretty gently, there aren't many blowdowns but the 2-3 I came across are big, and require navigating around them on a pretty steep slope. Waterfall crossing is gorgeous but again you'll get your feet pretty wet if you aren't wearing the proper shoes. Snow pack starts about 1.5 miles from the peak, around 4600' elevation. First 1/2 mile of snow is pretty easy, and the trail is still evident. It's very hard packed and I did just fine with hiking poles only, no microspikes. One creek crossing where the snow is starting to melt out from below so it's easy to bust through and wonder for a moment where half of your leg went if you aren't careful. The last mile is absolutely the most challenging. Snowpack becomes 3-5 feet thick in places. Still very hard packed so walking on it is easy, but it's so thick and pervasive that for about the last 1/2 mile of the trail, I lost the trail several times and ended up just scrambling to the top of the peak because I couldn't find it again. It was easier to follow on the way down, but I used my GPS several times to keep me on track. Honestly the best views of Jefferson aren't at the peak, they are in a few spots about 3/4 up the trail as you are following the ridge line. Keep an eye out and you'll see them. Overall fantastic hike, definitely recommend!!

backpacking
9 days ago

Lots of fallen trees but is passable. The trail says closed but it's not at least when we were there. We didn't get a permit because it wouldn't let us online due to Covid. Not sure if that means it's free game or what but we didn't get a ticket. Beautiful lake view. If you hike up towards the PCT trail you can get a good view of Jefferson.

hiking
9 days ago

Awesome trail; slightly difficult with kids as certain spots can get tricky.

hiking
blowdown
9 days ago

Hiked in Friday May 22 and out Sunday May 24. Get your permit before you go at recreation.gov Easy trail to navigate. Some snow on the way in - it was gone by Sunday. Rained a bit and pretty cold on Friday but then the front blew through and it was gorgeous. Some blow down on the way in. Some was removed by Sunday by a Good Samaritan we think. Some. The smaller ones. Day hiked as far as we could to the next lakes but ran into big blowdowns and snow. Ate lunch in the snowfield before the creek crossing and we all got a nice tan!! Don’t expect to sleep much as we think the geese are in mating season or something. Also we counted 7 mosquitoes so... they are on the way.

backpacking
blowdown
over grown
9 days ago

Did this trail on 5/8-5/10, 2020. I was really excited to see that the trail was open in the midst of the Covid pandemic! A fairly easy hike to the lake interrupted by a few gnarly blown-down tangles and some splotchy snow patches...no biggie... Once I arrived at the lake, I found that most of the established campsites were destroyed by blown-down or "roped-off" for rejuvenation, (some string on the ground and heavily weathered, laminated paper signs were kind of easy to miss). I eventually was able to find a decent site about 120' off of the lake, up the hill a bit. I think that Site 11 used to be close to it, but it was kind of hard to tell... Someone had built a small stone firepit at the site, so I took advantage of the massive amount of blown-down and was able to have a small but comfy fire every evening with relatively little effort. A wonderful 3 day, 2 night trip. Daytime temps in the 70s and it only dipped into the low 50s/high 40s at night; perfect May conditions in the Cascades! This was the site of my first backpacking trip, almost 35 years ago. It is every bit as serene and beautiful as I remember it. Highly recommended for beginners or those looking to get their kids excited about backpacking. The fishing on the lake is pretty good in the summer too :-)

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful trails I have ever hiked. The water was turquoise blue and crystal clear. Not heavily trafficked, friendly families & dogs off leash, fly fisherman, kayakers, lizards, birds, waterfalls, too many butterfly varieties to count, great little lunch spots along the river...I could go on and on... I highly recommend this trail and I will definitely be returning! Trail is a bit narrow & right along the edge of the river at times.

hiking
snow
10 days ago

Some trees are still blocking this trail, but manageable. Beware if you take the Grizzley trail in hopes of getting better views of Mt. Jefferson. There is a water crossing to start out, but you can find your way around on rocks if you’re careful. Also, snow covers the trail after the switchbacks that start back east making it tough going without snowshoes.

hiking
snow
washed out
11 days ago

They just re-opened and went for this hike. The start at Pamelia Lake was flooded, but can get around it with some effort. The hike itself is a climb, but fun and fairly straight forward. We encountered a couple people on their way back down the trail. But no crowds and easy to maintain distance. There was still a bit of snow near the top but reasonable to trudge through without snow shoes.

backpacking
snow
15 days ago

Husband and I backpacked this May 9-10. The road is open, but many down trees blocked the road in, so be prepared to walk the road. The road had patches of snow, the trail started with snowy patches, but less than a mile in and we were greeted with constant deep snow. Lake was frozen most everywhere. Beautiful view and only one other couple backpacking that we saw.

icy
muddy
snow
19 days ago

My dogs and I did this in early December and there was no one on the trails or at the trailhead. We made it most of the way without snowshoes but turned around when the snow got to knee height. There were a few inches of snow on the trail up to the lake. The lake was snowed over some. We saw cougar prints. It's an easy trail to Pamelia Lake and then starts climbing a little bit.

muddy
snow
19 days ago

We did this on 5/9/2020 and got past Pamelia Lake, but it was difficult to find the trail past the creek crossing so we turned around without crossing it. There was some snow and mud to the lake and beyond it to cross the creek we were in snow. There were quite a few downed trees. There were a few people camping at the lake. Grizzly Peak looked like it still had a bit of snow. The parking lot was almost full when we returned in the afternoon. Passes are required after Memorial Day.

nature trips
23 days ago

Great Sunday hike. It's a very pretty trail. Lots of fallen trees to climb over/ under but we didn't mind. There were a few patches of snow on the trail, but nothing too crazy.

Absolutely beautiful! A fair amount of rock the first mile. Not really a problem other than everything was so beautiful I wasn’t watching the trail, I was looking at everything and stumbled several times. Nice forest path the last half and back along the river. Saw people catching fish, kayaking and camping. Butterflies and moths everywhere. Even saw a snake. Great hike.

Directions were easy right to the trail head. The trail is amazing! I can't believe I haven't hiked this area before. The first mile or so you are right along the river, then you start to gain a little elevation. There are amazing water holes to let the dogs off leash and take your shoes off. The trail is fairly narrow - so if other people are on the trail, not much room to let someone pass. Can't wait to come back!

hiking
27 days ago

The trailhead is currently closed, so make sure to not park at the trailhead and understand how to LNT if you need to use the bathroom - 200 ft from water and 200 feet from a trail, solid waste buried 6 inches in the ground. Don't litter toilet paper or other trash. I would rate this as easy if it was in the summer. The only thing that made it moderate was all the downed trees we had to climb over. There is still a small amount of snow in some spots. The trail itself doesn't bring you to a view of Mount Jefferson, but if you go on the Grizzly Peak trail around the corner, then you can get some views.

Great trail! Had to snowshoe for ~2 miles each way towards the top but the views were beautiful and we didn’t pass a soul

hiking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
1 month ago

This is an old review of a backpack trip from 2018. I’m a relatively enthusiastic hiker and backpacker but find a different route. Back packed up the side of Marion Lake towards Three Fingered Jack and tried to make a loop back to Marion Lake trailhead on Bowerman Lake Trail— wrong move. So many trees downed! Not sure if it’s been restored yet or not, worth calling forest service before you go.

Great day for a hike! Trail is in good shape.

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