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BackpackingBlowdownOver grownRocky

Tough hike but rewarding! Lots of down trees, thick brush, and some minor route finding when the trail vanishes under dead-fall coming down the Mother Lode trail. This one punches above it's weight and is more difficult than the numbers suggest. Just a note... I caught a freak, unseasonably wet August day when I started and it was pretty miserable. Definitely be prepared with heavy duty rain gear if there is any precip in the forecast. It's amazing how much water those Rhodis will shed on you when pushing through the thickets.

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Tonya Stein reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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Awesome! Lots of variety!

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Kelsey McCallum reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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HikingMuddyOver grownRockyWashed out

Let's start by talking about how horrible that approach road is. It turns to gravel with about 6.5 miles left. The first 2 aren't so bad. Then it gets worse. Then, when you think it's going to get better it gets worse. Then worse again. By the time I made it to the trailhead I was absolutely stunned to see a few sedans parked by Elkhorn camp grounds. My truck had a fun time bouncing around. Can't even imagine their drive up. I found the trail itself to be in pretty bad condition. Washed out from the start heading to Battle Ax first. Found it pretty well overgrown mile and a half in as well. Glad I had GPS directions through this app for sure. One of the reasons it gets one of its two stars is from the view from Battle Ax summit. Wow, pretty spectacular. Sadly I could hear hoots and hollers from the party goers at Elkhorn Lake below as well as seeing their bright colored floaters sprinkled about. Moving on to the trail the ridge line walk was also pretty neat. Definitely enjoyed drops off both sides. From here there really isn't much to see. You're walking on rocky dirt the entire time. Sometimes on scree fields. No big deal. Lots of rocks and I mean you're walking on rocks 50% of the time. The other reason this gets a second star is the camp sites at the twin lakes themselves were pretty sweet. I was able to secure the last good looking spot around 4 pm. There were plenty of others around to my demise. Early start the next day heading back. Heads up, if you're the first one down the trail in the morning, you will break through hundreds if not a thousand spider webs. I felt like Spider-Man waking up after a wet dream. Then the worst part of the trail was the loop coming back clockwise. Horribly overgrown with thorn bushes that follows a muddy creek in multiple spots. Really nothing to look at or making the trek worth it. I didn't expect anything stunning but it was lack luster all in all. I would be seriously surprised if anyone read this review this far, but if you have, I just want you to know I HIGHLY doubt anyone ever does this trail more than once. Happy trails.

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Sierra Nelson reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRocky

First off, kudos to the sedans able to get up the road to the trailhead. I was sketched out driving the road in my Acura RDX. The route mapped on All Trails is actually about 14 miles total. Battle Ax is very rocky and has a lot of overgrowth, but the view is worth it. The trail clears a bit down to the first Twin Lake. The first of the Twin Lakes is very beautiful and is where most people camp. The second of the Twin Lakes was a pain to get to. The trail is all overgrown and you have to climb over a lot of downed trees/logs. The lake was not pretty and not worth the effort, so I’d suggest stopping after the first lake. Bagby Trail was also very overgrown and had several rocky areas, which don’t feel the greatest after you’ve already hiked 12mi. Overall, this was a tough hike with some awesome views.

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RunningBlowdownOver grownRocky

Pandemic update—parking at the opal creek trailhead still needs $5 fee or NW forest pass, but the whetstone trail sign says fee collection has been suspended there. Fine to park overnight. Notes for trail runners: definitely go clockwise, as the 6 mile uphill section on whetstone trail is very steep with some trail sections that have more or less turned into creeks, as well as downed trees to jump over, I think it would be an even more brutal (especially for the knees) as a downhill. Trail surface itself is even and smooth though. After 3.2ish miles it flattens out a bit but gets super overgrown, enough that it interferes with running (and prepare to be absolutely covered in spider webs). Amazing panoramic view was worth it for me though. Battle axe creek (8ish miles in) crossing had plenty of rocks, no need to get wet if you don’t want to. After that the trail is less steep and much wider for a while, which is decent running, but pretty rocky and not great for the ankles. After a mile or two it turns to wide dirt path and makes for a super enjoyable downhill. Then you get to jawbone flats where you can fill up from running water and take a dip in opal creek. Then it’s 3.1 miles on somewhat rocky, mostly downhill mining road back to the parking lot, makes for good running and a good finishing kick spot and/or cool down. My peg trails were great for it, definitely wouldn’t recommend anything with a high stack height though because of the rocks, and the traction was pretty necessary due to slippery/muddy sections and even just the grade in a few spots. I brought 600mL of water and probably should have had more with me but it wasn’t a huge deal. I started super early but it isn’t exposed at all so you might be fine in the heat. Didn’t see anyone at all until jawbone flats. I would definitely recommend even though some sections were pretty unpleasant to run.

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BackpackingBlowdownOver grown

really lovely, really gorgeous. lots and lots of climbing over/under/through down trees and shoving through bushes to stay on trail. we spent the night and Elk Lake and Silver King Lake. Elk lake was easy to get to, Silver King was not something i would suggest doing at this point, it was pretty dangerous with all the trees and the steep steep downgrade, but it was late, and we needed water and a place to sleep. We also added the peak of Whetstone mtn. total, we ended up on a 35.2 mile trip, not a 23.2. jawbone flats is closed, so you’ll end up doing a little extra mileage just along the river too.

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Aaron Phillips reviewed Henline Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

This is definitely a more challenging trail. While I have hiked for several years I can imagine those who haven't having extreme difficulty. It is all incline the entire way up, mosquitos are bad, 20-30% of the trail is jagged rocks and even though you are coming back downhill it is just as hard on your legs as going up so don't be fooled. Incredible views though at the false summit which is uncovered and at that elevation you definitely feel the sun's radiation a lot more so be careful. The road to the trailhead is also quite rough. We were in a 4x4 and had no issues.

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Micah Grady reviewed Henline Mountain Trail [CLOSED]
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HikingGreat!Off trailOver grownRockyScramble

Hiked this 2 months ago, and barely made it. (It was our first ever hike) Did it today with ease! (We’ve hiked extensively during the last months) The views are still beautiful. I only recommend going to the false summit. I was told that there were no views from the real summit. We actually tried to reach the real summit, just for the bragging rights, but the trail was so overgrown and unmaintained that we turned back. Still as always, its a beautiful trail! BTW no bugs and the snow is all melted. Also its cool and not to hot up top.

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HikingOver grown

Nice long day hike! It took us about 8 hours total, but we stopped for a nice lunch break at the top of Whetstone and jumped into the creek before we got to Jawbone Flats. Two of us brought 6 L total and probably could have made it back to the trailhead, but we decided to get more water, so bringing a filter was a good idea. There was a bit of blowdown and lots of overgrowth, but the trail was still easy to follow and compared to other areas this year, the blowdown was easy to get around. There is also a creek crossing at Battle Axe Creek. I decided to walk through it because it was so warm out and it only went up to my knees, but there were a couple of rocks and a lot you could use to cross there. We didn’t see anyone on the trail until Jawbone Flats, which was awesome, but we did see some people at the top of Whetstone, so it was a good COVID hike!

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Kaitlin Baumgarten reviewed Elk Lake to Twin Lakes [CLOSED]
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HikingBugsOver grownScramble

Really great hike!! Rocky road getting there, I would definitely recommend an off road vehicle or something able to take harsh roads conditions. The trail was much longer than the 11 mile hike it says it is- my GPS said I went 14.5, but I got side tracked a bit. Beautiful scenery, and only saw one other person the whole day. I saw plenty of campsites that were not being used, so I think it would be a great location for an overnight. Although, there’s a bunch of stagnant water so the skeeters got pretty nasty later in the day. The trail is quite overgrown and there’s some downed logs, but if you keep going the lakes are pristine and totally worth it. The trail to the second lake is practically nonexistent, but if you’re into bushwhacking a bit (and keeping close eyes to your map) it’s also beautiful and completely secluded. The rhodies were out, just starting to bloom. The top had moss covered trees, and it was just breathtaking. Because there were so few people, there was a lot more wildlife than you normally encounter. I saw a quail, a hummingbird, a HUGE slug and newts who tried to steal my lunch. There was a bunch of different scenery to enjoy the whole time, it’s like 4 hikes in one. Anyway, I would highly recommend this hike, it was quite spectacular!!

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