Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

14 days 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

Absolutely breathtaking views!

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

7 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 --

8 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.

8 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.

8 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.

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.

Great trail, has had a lot of quality work done recently to bridge some of the mud and there are big trees all the way to the falls. This one is enjoyable the whole way not just a destination hike. Not sure if they will remove it but the cover photo for this hike is not the American falls, it's granite falls by Roosevelt grove

8 months ago

Closed until further notice due to Noisy Creek fire.

Fun hike, great views of the lake....not sure how the fire is going to effect the views and hike...please let us know if your hiking this trail.

9 months 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

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!

11 months ago

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nice trail, it has varying details depending on where you look. If you start at the parking lot, and go to the intersection with Kettle Crest Trail, you've covered 5.4 miles out and back. The trail quickly moves to a moderately steep and steady incline, then concludes with breaking out of the woods to more moderate switchbacks, which makes for a very nice trail (most strenuous first, then easier). The views begin to open up as you reach the large switchbacks, and you can see for a long ways (see panoramic shot).

Saturday, September 03, 2016

A word of caution - using the directions from the app leads to the Trout Lake campground, which is described in the "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest" hiking guide as an optional alternative route to Emerald Lake that is "an easier trail, well-constructed but less scenic" than the route through Hoodoo Canyon that starts from the north end and includes a view of Lily Lake.
To be fair, I wasn't able to find the actual trailhead at either end, and eventually gave up, so I can't speak to the quality of the hike either way.

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

This trail is a well maintained trail. Expect some scree on the last section actually summiting Columbia Mountain. On top you will find the ruins of the old fire lookout and a salvaged structure that the local backcountry horseman rebuilt a few years ago. This would be a great place to camp for the night.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Good hike. Fun swimming hole. Fun rock formation to jump off of. Bring some water shoes though, ground mostly covered in sharp rocks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gorgeous hike. Make sure snowpack has melted before tackling the forest service roads, we learned that the hard way.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice little swimming hole

on Hoodoo Canyon Trail

Monday, June 29, 2015

This place is so worth the hike! The water is very refreshing, and the scenery is amazing! Definitely worth the time.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sullivan Lake is my favorite place to camp in this area. Last summer we finally did this hike. Great easy hike. Absolutely gorgeous! We had three dogs with us, who loved this hike just as much as us. Will definitely hike again!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Hiked the Wapaloosie Mountain to Jungle Hill loop for a total of 13 miles (includes three miles of gravel road between trail heads. The entire loop was in great condition, no blowdowns. The views from the Kettle Crest Trail are wonderful and expansive, definitely worth the trip. Total solitude in this under-appreciated part of the country. There is no signage on the Kettle Crest Trail marking the Jungle Hill Trail, so beware. More like 3 1/2 stars, you won't be disappointed.

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