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trail running
2 days ago

Really fun and rad lil loop. Solid trail, technical, a few springs that you can refill. It's absolutely worth a quick 5 mile hike or run.

trail running
2 days ago

This is a really fun and taxing run. I've done it 3 times, saw some cows once. Lots of critters. Didn't see any snakes but saw plenty of evidence of large animals. Overall this is a great trail with a good range of views and conditions. There's water(a creek) at the trailhead so load up before you start.

hiking
9 days ago

I love everything about this area! The hike is family friendly. The lake is beautiful. The loop is well marked and well worn. ♡♡♡

hiking
25 days ago

Great trip!!

I loved this hike – keep in mind, I’m new to the hiking world this year.. so others may think differently
1st – the gravel road leading to the trail.. if you have a family van, or small car, you might rethink this trail – it’s not a bad road, but some vehicles might have some issues.
2nd – Amazing hike – this trail has a little of everything, deep wooded areas, vast open areas and amazing views everywhere you look. The peak of this trail is loose rock, so smaller kids, or older individuals might have a rough time with it.
3rd – this is a trail I will be hiking every year now – it’s great

Enjoyed it - will do it again

beautiful hike many scenic stops

hiking
2 months ago

I went up the Jungle Hill side at the end of May. It is a horse trail. There is one sign that says trailhead up past the logging staging area, but that is not the trailhead. The camping area and the real trailhead is a little farther up the road. There is a decent sized creek crossing less than a quarter mile from the start. This year there has been significant snow melt so the creek was swollen. Taking shoes/socks off and crossing alone with a large pack is not for the faint of heart. Of course if its a hot day maybe you wouldn't mind the splash, but there just is not anything to keep you from falling but your own tenacity and balancing. After that is the real "Jungle Hill". I really enjoyed the constant supply of edible flowers and medicinal herbs along this trail. That is what would bring me back, along with the very interesting variety of ecosystems. I saw woodland flowers I see on Mt. Hood, orchids, nettles, and even succulants, but also saw higher elevation/dry area type plants like bluebells and sagebrush. I saw on several occasions sign of cougar, deer, and elk. No bear sign. I believe I had deer going by my tent both nights I was there.

About the trail - It needs to be maintained. Usually I don't care if a trail has blowdown trees or obstructions all over the place, which this trail does. There IS one section, however, where several trees had fallen over a switchback, causing horseback riders to cut back before the turn and go up to the unobstructed part of the trail. There are actually a lot of spots like that. But one spot in particular, the ground has been churned up so much, if there was a large sustaining rainstorm, it would turn that whole area into a large mudslide and destroy any remaining terrain in its path. I really do hope some trailworkers get up there and at least attend to that one spot.

At the top, the trail wound around both sides of Jungle Hill, showing you two beautiful vistas. I'm pretty sure you can see Montana from the east side view. Where the trail met up with Kettle Creek trail, it was all covered in snow. I had not been up this trail before and did not see any boot/horseshoe prints in the snow either. I had no way of knowing what the rest of the trail was like, if I might lose it in the snow the next day, so I stayed there that night and just went back down Jungle Hill the next day. I also did not see anyone else the whole time I was there, so that was another reason why I didn't risk it.

Funny thing though, at the top there, I had good reception and even 4g on my cellular, which was nice, just in case of any emergency. Go figure. Verizon.

Decent, interesting, fun trail. I would probably do it again and take someone with me!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

There is a land slide at 1.5 miles from Trout Lake trailhead. Wild flowers were out.

backpacking
2 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike, though not necessarily for reasons that others would. First, I was overjoyed to have the entire area to myself. I saw only one other party while I was out, which was exactly what I needed. Second, it was open when most of the trails i wanted to do are still snowed in. The terrain was pretty, but not spectacular. There were small streams every couple miles, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dried up later in the season. The trail was faint in places, but nothing horrible. Overall, a very pleasant overnight trip.

camping
3 months ago

This is an awesome trail, we did it last April or so and it was a lot longer than 3 miles, I think it was something like 8-10, after the initial climb up, it is a relatively flat circle with amazing views of valleys on both sides. Amazing hike.

beautiful and we'll maintained. love this hike, I've done it winter and fall....I need to do a spring hike.

backpacking
11 months ago

This was an interesting hike. My buddies and I stayed over the weekend at Emerald Lake, which was very low bur still very awesome. When you are at the lake there is not much exploring you can do, for you are inside canyon walls, but we had a great time. The trail is moderate and could be done by kids around twelve and up more easily if you had to go out and back the same day; for younger children be prepared to take your time and stay the night at the lake. Be advised there are only about 3 spots that you could actually camp at. Also, we are always looking for a little more challenge in our hikes so instead of taking the Hoodoo Canyon Trail to Emerald lake we took a left turn at the the sign just across the wood bridge and went nearly straight up to hit the the trail and headed North to Emerald Lake. Beautiful country; always a pleasure to be in God's country.