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the trail head is next to impossible to find. I have driven that road countless times, didn't even know trail was there. I think FS purposely doesn't have road marker due to EXTREME importance of keeping people out of WW drinking watershed. if you set foot on south side of trail you can be FINED. they have trail camaras and full time Ranger patrolling skyline drive looking for watershed violations. Trust Me

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over grown
rocky
4 months ago

Not EASY. Recommend hiking boots and trekking poles. Overgrown, in some spots. Other spots are really narrow, along with a steep enough slope to where if you were to slip, it would be a rough tumble. There are a few spots with a steep enough slope, mixed with some rocks, that could cause a decent tumble as well. we ran out of time. Takes about 80+ minutes to get up to the trail head. We were unable to make it out to the crash site, I'm really out of hiking shape and we expect the hike to be a lot easier. Other than that, beautiful hike. Fantastic views.

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blowdown
4 months ago

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blowdown
over grown
4 months ago

I actually hiked the Slick Ear trail, Wenaha River trail and Grizzly Bear Trail from the Twin Buttes trailhead. The upper elevation of the Grizzly Bear trail is clear, though gets very faint to nonexistent shortly before the descent due to a deadfall sending people in all directions so a bit of searching is necessary to find the decent trail. The decent itself is clear but once into the valley the trail becomes overgrown and has lots of small to large blowdown. It's impassible to any stock. The Wenaha River trail is brushy in places, has numerous blowdown but most are in the one foot range and easily passable, though there are two large ones in particular that cannot be circumvented and one has a steep, long dropoff -- making both impassible to any stock. A person can climb over. The trail is also a bit treacherous in a couple spots due to steep, loose, pebbly rockslide covering the trail. The Slick Ear trail has a few blowdown, all passable, and is quite brushy in places -- overall in decent condition. Views are quite impressive in places. Note the Wenaha River trail west of the Slick Ear intersection leading to the forks and Elk Ridge is overgrown and obscured. Could not find it. Although this was four days over Labor Day weekend, I saw nobody the entire trip except for some bear hunters at the trailhead. If you want seclusion, this is a good area to hike and camp. Bugs were not a problem though the black flies were numerous and rather pesky during the heat of the day in camp. No biting insects and no ticks encountered.

Description falls very short of explaining where the trailhead is located. Map shows trailhead which falls right into the road, however there is no parking. Just before the trailhead shown here is a rough road to the right which climbs up to a rustic camp site, if you don't have the vehicle to navigate this rough track, just park to the side here off the road. Hike up this short road and veer to the south, which is left and you will pick up the trail. Easy trail, many places overgrown, lots of huckle or mtn blueberries aloing the way. Look for a tree stump that has a carved pointed top off the trail to your right as a bearing to drop down a steep hillside to locate plane parts, there were signs of people having bush whacked parts of a trail. It was overgrown, but we did find one of the four engines and part of a wing. This was a B-17 Flying Fortress that had 10 crewmen whom all perished in 1943 February snow. Did walk trail to the point with a very nice view, but it then turned south to only to go down a steep path, not knowing what was down there, we turned around.

awesome beautiful hike took a while to find the trail entrance tho

Never found the trailhead... although GPS said we were there. I'd try it again now that I have AllTrails installed.

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Sat Sep 29 2018