Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Colville National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Snow and ice on fair portion (half of loop)of this trail on October 20. Bring microspikes bc horses stamp it to ice. Tried to make it to snow peak cabin from the loop, but that portion was too icey and we turned back to finish the loop.

Sunny side was dry ground. The fall color is peak. New growth has covered most fire scarring.

Large tree down across Hwy 20 where trail picks up from parking area but that's your entry point. If you start the loop counter clockwise, be sure to look behind you as you face the boulder hill (1/2 mile?) or you will miss the small lake on your left.

I'd do this counter clockwise next time and come down the SW side around 4 pm for sunset light on the view points there. Mid afternoon light is too flat.

There was a lot of haze from 2 controlled burns last week in Kettle Falls and the Colville Reservation. Check with ranger district for recent burns before any Fall hikes bc they burn at different times depending on moisture.

AirNow showed 2.5pm, the dangerous particle size, yesterday.

Saw two other parties, there is road noise much of this hike but the views are lovely.

Fun easy trail.

Had fun, easy trail, but signs were kind of confusing. Saw evidence of wildlife... Kid and dog-friendly

horseback riding
1 month ago

Hands down one of the most breathtaking loops I have done on a horse! It does have some pretty rocky areas, so a sure footed horse is best. It was a good mental challenge for the horses, thinking about where to put there feet on a tough terrain, but not to bad! We had a nice cool September breeze so they all hardly broke a sweat. STUNNING views around the whole loop! A few bridges over some little streams too. Will for sure come back and do again!

this is a great loop trail with surprising mountain trail effects. be sure to go up Sherman peak for the view

Basic easy trail around the lake and through the forest. Well marked. Super kid/dog friendly. Would be super fun to cross country sky during the winter as well.

hiking
3 months ago

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

trail running
3 months 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:)

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.

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful trail.

hiking
8 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.

trail running
Monday, August 21, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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

backpacking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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!

Monday, April 03, 2017

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.

cross country skiing
Sunday, April 03, 2016

I did some cross country skiing here last winter. The trails were groomed, and it was beautiful. There's a warming cabin by Frater Lake.

hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trail was easy enough my 2 and 1 yr old could do it just fine. But we only made it up 3 miles before we stumbled upon a bear and had to turn around. Around 2 miles up the trail had a few down trees blocking the path. There is a sign that has fallen down showing a different path, do not follow that sign, but continue straight. Loved what we seen. Will be going back later.

hiking
Friday, April 10, 2015

Okay, first of all, this trail has a bridge out in a swamp about halfway up. It is passable in more dry weather but could be impassable in rainy weather. The elevation change is 2300!!!! feet. Although many sections are not particularly steep, some are. There are no real views until you reach Crowell Ridge and then what are you going to do? Turn around and walk back 11 miles. I recommend this for going partway up and getting a good workout. Then coming back down without seeing many views. That is what we use if for in the spring for training.

hiking
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hall Mountain is a great view hike with great views and wildflowers after a long, bumpy road to get there. If you are not fond of bikers, go on a weekday. This has become a very popular trail with Canadian bicyclists and the trail has become somewhat rutted and rocky as a result. Not actually a very difficult trail and is quite family friendly except for the possibility of being run over by a biker because the trail is narrow and on a somewhat steep side slope.

hiking
Thursday, November 21, 2013

If your goal is to get a lot of exercise, this is the trail for you. Lots of steep uphill, however not many views. The only view is about a mile up the trail. There is really cool fen partway up the trail if you like rare plants. You can loop this trail with two other ones and come out on the Red Bluff trail for about an 11 mile one way trip. You just need two cars at Red Bluff and Halliday. Nothing at all spectacular but lots of up and down. Might be good for experienced mountain bikers in the shoulder season.

hiking
Sunday, July 11, 2010

This picturesque trail has views of mountain peaks and the slow moving Columbia River. To do the entire trail takes two days but there are camping spots along the way and you will need to bring plenty of water.

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