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We completed this trail yesterday and found it very enjoyable. It should be known that when looking at the elevation profile the steep incline / decline in the middle is not necessary to view the falls; it leads to an alternate access point. You could start there and only have a three mile hike to see the falls. However, it wasn't the falls that was the highlight of the trip for me. We left the car at 9:45 am, spent 45 minutes falls for lunch, then we're back at the car by 5:30.

hiking
22 days ago

What a perfect Sunday funday hiking Abercrombie Mountain north of Colville! It’s the second highest peak in Eastern Washington (by one little foot in elevation) at 7,310 feet. We saw fresh bear scat, tracks and scratches in a tree but sadly never saw our bear. I haven’t seen a view that spectacular since Scotchman Peak last summer. Highly recommended!

hiking
24 days ago

Really enjoyed the portion of the hike that we could do. Due to the washout we didn't advance past that since we were uncomfortable getting around it.

I really enjoyed this hike. The landscape is beautiful with lots of unique features. Not difficult in elevation change so not rough on your body but still enough to keep it interesting and feeling a little challenged.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty basic trail, nothing all that exciting and very short. But it is still a gorgeous hike.

backpacking
28 days ago

Beautiful lush shady forest. The old growth cedars and hemlocks with gigantic ferns were amazing. The trail had a few down trees on the way there, but all the stream crossings except for 1 had very nice bridge/walkways on them. The trail crew came by the morning we were heading out and did a fantastic job clearing the trail of the down trees we encountered the day before. From the junction of trails #28 and #308 to the falls the trail crew said was pretty rough (which we thought was perfectly fine) but they said they had plans to work on it later this season in September. The waterfall was nice, but the trail itself was the highlight for my family. Enjoyed this hike VERY much!
Oh, and THANK YOU to the previous reviewer who told where the campsites were on the trail. It helped so much knowing mile points and where we could stop. 0.6 miles, 1.9 miles, 3.6 miles, 2 spots at 7 miles and 2 spots at the base of the falls. (The mile 7 campsites were much better than the base of the falls in our opinion)

backpacking
1 month ago

Bring your camera and a little extra time to enjoy the serenity up here.

trail running
1 month ago

Great little trail. Views are amazing. My gps put it at 6.3 miles round trip. There is a switch back about 2 miles in were there is a tiny lake the trail bypasses. Look for it its really beautiful:)

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail and the ranking is accurate - moderate. The falls are BEAUTIFUL and I jumped in for a great photo op!

awesome hike. hiked this trail to emerald lake from trout lake trailhead. there was a washout about a mile or so in marked with flagging, fairly easy to climb around other than that trail in great condition. took a dip in emerald lake. water was perfect for swimming on a hot day. there was a good rock to jump off and it was not too buggy. sporadic views on the rest of the trail. still a decent amount of wildflowers. the turnoff for the lake is marked by flagging only

Love this hike, this is my first backpacking trip every year for the last 4 years. Very pretty and easy. Usually at least several downed trees to work around, but nothing too bad. Very well used and established trail. Be sure to make plenty of noise while you’re out. I usually run into black bears every year, and have seen a grizzly out here once.

Great views and a wonderful walking through Northeastern Washington’s Kettle Range. The path around Sherman Peak is currently free of snow, except for one small patch on the SW side of the mountain. Conditions were great!

NOTE: Distance measured by my GPS from parking lot was 6.25 miles RT. I’ve seen guidebooks say anything from 5.3 to 6.0. Not sure why the description on this says 3.4.

backpacking
1 month ago

For those in Spokane who think you have to drive all the way to the Olympics or the North Cascades for giant trees and ferns fear not! Just 2.5 hrs from Spokane is Upper Priest River trail 308 to American Falls. It is 8 miles in through the US portion of the only snow-fed inland rainforest in the world!

The trail gains a little over 700 feet over its 8 miles, with most of that being in the last mile before the falls. There are established campground sites at 0.6, 1.9, 3.6, 2 at 7.0 miles and a few just at the base of the falls (though these are flooded at the moment due to high snow melt).

The trail has recently been updated with lots of new bridges over creeks and muddy sites (maybe end of last season) and there are bundles of wood all along the trail indicating more updates are to follow. There are well over a dozen downed trees across the trail, telling me FS has not yet been through, but the trees are easy enough to get around.

Overall, the trail is mostly flat with some ups and downs here and there. The scenery changes a fair amount, walking through ferns and next to 10ft trees, even a couple of swamps and about 6 creek/river crossings. There are definitely signs of wildlife (We saw bear, wolf, deer, elk and Caribou tracks).

Stay safe and enjoy! Also, if anyone does this trail and finds a size 8 steel men’s wedding band around mile 3.3/3.4...you know where to find me...

Great hike with nice views from the top. We hiked through a tad of snow near the top, but overall trail conditions were great. The fs road to the trail is also in great condition, my little focus handled it just fine!

Access to the trail can be difficult due to blown down trees but any trees preventing access were cleared out. The trail had a few down trees to traverse and melting snow was an obstacle in the upper portions of the hike.

Bugs were a common annoyance. There were a couple ladybug nests on the summit and we spotted a moose on the drive off the trail.

This is the county high point for Ferry Washington and so the views from the top were good all around. I was able to see the Selkirk range to the east.

backpacking
2 months ago

This is a great trail for out and back over night. It has a lot of elevation gain with a amazing vista views. You will be out is the wild with this trail! We saw a cinnamon bear, several snakes, and lots of fresh elk scat! Beware of swarming pine mosquitoes and dog ticks around the water holes. We did have lots of water in spring creeks every several miles. I don't believe they will be running later in the summer. We did climb over 3900 feet in the the first 11 miles before turning around. The best camp ground is located at the Thirteenmile road crossing.

hiking
2 months ago

Good news! This Trail is finally open again we just hiked it on Saturday! Not sure how long it will take for them to update their website (Colville NF) but the Hall's Mountain Trail is also open the only Trail remaining but is still closed is at the top of the ridge next to Sullivan Lake.

backpacking
3 months ago

emerald lake level was very high no shore camping. no places to put up a tent between trout lake and emerald lake. plenty of water sources this time of year. a fair amount of large blow downs add to the challenge.1.8 miles from trout lake near the top of the switch backs is a bad wash out dangerous especially with a full pack
BE CAREFUL !!!

Absolutely breathtaking views!

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful trail.

hiking
6 months ago

beautiful trail

Why is everybody calling this trail 7.7 miles. Its 5.2 miles to the junction of trail #522 and #507! Since this is where #533 ends, its a 10.4 round trip.

great views and climb to top...snow and windy! Did not go around to Hooknose- next time!

hiking
10 months ago

Nice hike but I'll have to go back do to the weather being pretty socked in I really couldn't take advantage of the views but what I was able to see was great. Pretty good incline but fairly short distance well worth the time.

Views are on - nice clean trail --

hiking
10 months ago

Not a bad little hike. I was hoping for a better view of the lakes from up there, but it was only ok. Lots of deer in the area, had a few close encounters.

Good time killer if you are camping at one of the sites nearby....but don't make a trip just for the hike....too many other great places in the area.

hiking
11 months ago

The road up was a little treacherous for the mid sized sedan rental car that I took (luckily it was a rental). But once we got to the trail, we were not disappointed. Beautiful pine forests cloaked the area in a thick pine scent that cannot be beat. Small waterfalls and cool mountain streams offered relief from the moderate heat encountered in the first couple miles. I was there in mid June and there were still patches of snow on the last mile or so with very large drifts at the peak. The view at the top was unbeatable. It was a little chilly at the top so expect to bring a sweatshirt if you plan on staying for an extended period of time. If I ever find myself in the area again, this is a definite.
Note that the coordinates supplied by AllTrails aren't accurate. Stay left and follow the signs for the trail head.

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is one rail I would never hike again. It had the least amount of scenery of all the hikes I have been on. W came at the end of April and could not drive all the way to the trailhead due to the snow. We parked and continued on the road through the snow top the trailhead. LOTS of running water from the melting snow on the sides of the road. we hiked in, spent the night and left next morning! Was just good to get the fresh air but there are SEVERAL better hikes in my opinion.

hiking
11 months ago

Road to Trailhead is ok until last mile, three large ruts and my friends mid size SUV scraped going out. Arrived early Sunday morning of Labor Day weekend to a empty TH., maybe five cars on return several hours later. Great well maintained trail that's recently had some work and weed whacking done. Trail switchbacks up and just enough shade along the trail, except the last mile to provide relief from the heat. Pretty hazy from the smoke but all and all great hike with stellar views.

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