nature trips

kid friendly


wild flowers


trail running


1 day ago

So, just an FYI we did the shortened hike (where you drive up to hunchback mtn). There was no other page to post this, so I decided to post here in case anyone needs this info. There are several pages that will tell you that you do not need a high clearance vehicle to drive on this road...that is definitely not the case. I mean, we drove a Prius, and made it, but it wasn't worth it. It took over an hour to drive 9 miles and our car simply wasn't tall enough. The road is by far the worst I've ever seen. Either have a high clearance vehicle or hike the entire 11 miles!

2 days ago

Trail is well maintained. wear long pants and long sleeves if you do not want to get stung! lots of bees due to flowers. the trail will take you straight to a beautiful view, but that is not the end of the hike. Go back to the way you came from and go left to follow the trail to the burnt trees and the views there are amazing as well.

2 days ago

We hiked this trail today with multiple generations, spanning 60-something to 4 and a half. Everyone had a terrific time! Lots of wildflowers in bloom (for iNaturalist users, I logged 48 observations - birds, butterflies, and plants, primarily - during the hike). The Vista views on the loop trail were every bit as spectacular as we hoped. This is a great, fun, family trail - we'll be back soon!

2 days ago

Wow! So much work, so pretty! Only little bits of water and only one place that I felt safe filtering, so bring enough or bring a filter. Um, so I think it's more than 9.4 miles though. Trail is beautifully maintained, the only part I found to be sketchy was the sheep creek slide area. Just take your time, watch your footing and if you come down at sunset, make sure you have a headlamp! I did not encounter any wildlife besides a doe.

Great trail. The miners shack has since fallen down; look for a flattened pile of wood on your right. Turn left there to get to the bigfoot trap.

3 days ago

4 days ago

There is a loop trail once you get to the lake that climbs up past Little Miller Lake full of lily pads and to the summit for a peek at Shasta and a good view of Grayback Mountain. Nice wildflowers even mid-July and minimal bugs.
The road with the stream crossing about 3 miles before the trailhead is very narrow and steep in and out of the stream. We were in a high clearance truck with skid plates and needed the skid plates plus 4 wheel drive. Wouldn't have wanted to cross it with any more water running.

Easy to find, well maintained, and beautiful as can be!

Easy trail, pictueresque, with a lake across the street to cool off when your done with the hike.

Great views and a great workout. Most of the small streams are drying up so plan to bring your own water as summer progresses. I'll definitely be doing this hike again!

7 days ago

Did this hike on Saturday, July 1st, my 2nd time doing it, the previous time being in May of 2013. Lots of wildflower action going on. Here's a clip at Sheep Creek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDyUHC6DDuQ Also, my video from the summit with views of Mount Ashland, Mount Shasta, Emigrant Lake, Mount McLaughlin and more! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjdL3y5p2bw

8 days ago

9 days ago

Nice and refreshing! Short hike with misting waterfall was just a short drive off the main highway.