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blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Haven’t seen anyone download the entire trail yet so I just did. Made it to the top of Chief Joseph Mtn today. Other reviews written prior to this review describe the lower portion of the trail well. The red guide on the map stops well before the end of the trail so you may want to download my recording of the trail. 4 miles up the trail there are fallen trees and over grown fauna so you need to make your own trail from there. The views are awesome. Needed 2 bottles of water for this trip, no water past the 2 mile mark. Round trip is 10 miles. Have a good hike

I would totally recommend this trail to anyone who has an okay time with a steep ascent. There is a viewpoint of Wallowa Lake about 1 mile in, and we were going uphill the whole time. Great trail to look at wildflowers, and we even saw the occasional pika in some of the rocky hillsides. You share the trail with horses for a while, but eventually they split off and the trail clears up. No problems with mud, or down trees. Great experience.

hiking
bridge out
8 days ago

I walked the chief Jospeh / BC falls trail. Not too bad of a hike. I think it would be considered an easy hike. Never got further than Bc falls because the bridge is out. Says it’s a 1.25 mile walk but another 1.25 to walk back out. More like 3 miles total in and out.

This is for West fork TH to lakes basin to hurricane creek TH. A lot of mosquitoes in the lakes basin and heading up there. Lots of snow coming out of the lakes basin and descending to hurricane creek. There were 3 boots off creek crossings but not too bad. There is a log crossing on hurricane creek a bit south of the trail near a campsite.

hiking
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

Me and some family members hiked this today (7/6/19). The hike up to the lake is a tough one. Lots of switchbacks after you go over the one log bridge with the rail. Mostly shaded before that bridge and some of it is over grown a smidge, but after the bridge there's is shade sporadically, but it's there. Took us just over 4 hours to get to the top but we stopped a lot to take pictures and rest. Took 2 hours and 45 minutes to get back to the trailhead and we stopped 3 times for quick breathers. It's so beautiful up there and it was cooler up there for sure so bring a layer to put on. Wish I would've stayed the night to really enjoy the lake. It's tough but I highly recommend it and plan on doing it again!

backpacking
12 days ago

We hiked this in mid-September and while conditions were good, when we arrived at the lake at 8:30pm on a Friday, there were only 2 campsites left. It stayed busy the whole weekend with backpackers, day hikers, hunters and horseback riders. The lake was gorgeous but very very windy in spots. We camped over 30 nights last season and the first night at Ice Lake was the only one where I thought our tent might blow down (it didn’t). Like everyone else says, it’s about 9 miles each way. Lots of rocks & scree in places and a ton of mule & horse poop on the West Fork portion of the trail.

hiking
13 days ago

Breathtaking views, and elevation. We saw lots of mountain goats, butterflies, and chipmunks. Only one log to climb over, mostly a well maintained, albeit steep, trail. My phone said I hiked 8.8 miles. You do need 4x4 and good clearance to get to the trailhead. It is truly a very beautiful hike, but you will want to be in decent shape.

hiking
snow
13 days ago

The Hoffer Lake Trail is open with a few snow patches along the trail as of June 29th, and no mosquitoes. A fun, easy and beautiful hike that follows a small stream containing little Eastern Brook Trout.

hiking
bridge out
snow
13 days ago

Very good hike with great views. a few logs laying across the trail, but nothing you cant just step over or go around. There is still a little bit of snow on the trail up in the higher elevations but it is very manageable. I did this hike on July 3 2019.

hiking
snow
17 days ago

The drive is challenging and seems to get worse in stages. The hike is steep but offers incredible views. Lots of snow still, and marshy meadows; lots of flora, and fauna, be prepared.

on Ice Lake Trail

backpacking
rocky
20 days ago

Solid hike. Left at 8am on 06.28 and was at the lake by 2pm. The 6 hrs included about an hour worth of stops and we were also carrying 35 lb packs. Final switchbacks were tough. We stayed two nights. Didn't care much for the heavily trafficked west fork trail portion, but once you cross the river it is spectacular. Snow was not an issue on the trail, but there is still plenty of pack around the lake and the lake itself is still half frozen. I was surprised about how "crowded" the Ice Lake Trail was, though. I can't imagine what it is like from mid-July through August...probably tough to find a decent camp site. If you are looking for seclusion, I recommend a more interior lake.

backpacking
rocky
snow
22 days ago

The review from Christina was very helpful and accurate. I am not quite sure where the 12.6 miles is starting from but it is for sure 9+ miles to Ice Lake. We left on 6/21 at 1pm and had rain, hail, and snow on us most of the trip up. It is an absolutely beautiful hike! We were not able to get through the snow at the very top we were really wet and cold and needed to find a place to camp so we came back down to the beautiful meadow before the final switch backs. We had a beautiful hike down in the sunshine the following day. We will for sure do this trip again after the snow melts !! Incredible

The entire trail, including crossing the waterfall, is 4 to 6 miles round trip. Beautiful, and steep if you do it backwards accidentally like we did. i like the workout though and it was rewarding to cross the waterfall. it is possible we did the wrong trail, or perhaps we did not do it all the way or something. However, my photos match those that have been posted by others for this trail, so I think it is the same one.

hiking
bugs
26 days ago

i loved how green it was, but the signage said it was 9 miles. I think the trail is 18 miles or so out and back if the sign is any indication compared to the miles stated on alltrails. Id love to backpack it. very beautiful and green in the spring. i only went up the trail for about 5 miles, so 10 miles total.

Hike out and back on June 14th 2019 5hours 50min, total distance was 14.2 miles Trail is rocky after first mile. Occassional snow fields started at mile 4. The last almost two miles to the lake were solid snow and rough going. The crust was weak so at times I sank in past my knees. Lots of water. Have good boots since creek and stream crossings will get you wet and muddy and the trail is very slick in spots. Hiking Poles were very helpful. The lake was still covered with ice, although a small portion of the shoreline had melted. There were several trees down over the trail be prepared to crawl over and under. Beautiful but probably better after the snow is gone.

hiking
1 month ago

really fun trail, awesome wild life views, lake is snowed over still, (06-14-19) have enough of a break in the ice to catch as many feisty little brook trout as you can handle. seemed to like rooster tails. saw multiple groups of goats, said by ODFW to be the rarest big game animal in the state, we saw the first group of seven, two adolescent, and a second group on an opposing peak, of at least five adults. picked our fill of morels, and boletes, calf-brain, and "coral" mushrooms. all in all, I would say that the trail is DECEIVING, the "advertised" elevation gain, and drop were correct. verified by a couple smart watches, but I think the distance is a little off. if you look at the satellite overlay, on this app. and zoom in, compare the red line to, the "dotted white line," labeled, "twin lakes trail." you'll see what I see. I think it's closer to 8-9 miles out and back.

hiking
bridge out
1 month ago

Beautiful lake and hike. As of June 2019 the bridge over the North Fork of Rock Creek at the start of trailhead was partially collapsed and was kind of dangerous to cross so beware. Shortly after the collapsed bride you have to cross the main Rock Creek but there was a log that you can traverse which wasn't too bad. After that it is pretty smooth sailing. We did the hike in mid June and the trail was covered in snow the last half mile and the lake was still pretty much iced in. There are a few camp sites around the lake that are fairly flat. According to the FS, the trail was worked on around 2017 but as of June 2019 there were a few trees over the trail but nothing you couldn't scramble over or around fairly easily.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

This trail is 18 miles total, not 12.6. Last mile and a half is still covered in very deep snow and made for some very technical hiking. What made this challenge rewarding and worth it was that with every step and every switchback there were even more incredible views. If there ever was that “bliss point” hike that stimulated every sense, this is it!

hiking
1 month ago

No joke about the road to the trailhead. I have a 4Runner and I chickened out

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Couldn't quite reach the ridgeline, as i wasn't comfortable with the steep snow slopes on way up from twin lakes. The lakes are still mostly frozen over. Gorgeous area, it will be a very nice short backpacking trip in a few weeks.

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