Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

13 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

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

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.

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.

trail running
8 months 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.

9 months ago

Great trip!!

Enjoyed it - will do it again

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

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.

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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Definitely do this trail from the south end, although there is still a lot of climbing to get back out from the lake on your way home. Mostly an early season trail to warm up, not spectacular but nice wildflowers and views. Only person we saw was the trail crew on a Wednesday before Memorial Day. Be ready to remove lots of tics. Trail is well maintained and just brushed. It is steep into the lake but not difficult. Quite a few cool birds.

Monday, June 02, 2014

This is a beautiful walk, and can easily be done in 4 - 5 hours...It is actually 4.7 miles each way says the trail sign, but I tracked it with my SPOT Device, and it was 7,8 by Satellite Calculation ~smiles~

The first thing that we saw were huge rocks, and a Rubber Boa that was almost stepped on.

Emerald Lake can only be accessed by foot or horse, it is pristine and looks much like a Glacier Lake in color and depth...

Indian Paint Brushes, Yarrow, Morels, shooting stars and a plethora of other Spring Flowers were in FULL BLOOM ~smiles~.

Trout Lake has serious bug issues, as it is sitting water be sure to bring your NO-SEE-UM or something equally valuable, as they will go through polypro just as easily as flesh ~grins~, as do the biting flies... It is a non motorized lake and relatively clean considering it is a drive in campground.

Lots of ups and downs, something most of us LOVE ~smiles~

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My son and I completed this trail on the first day of Fall, 2012. We had a bit of company in the campground at Trout Lake, but saw no one on the trail and enjoyed a lovely, solitary hike. The fall colors were beautiful and the hike was varied enough to keep our interest. The terrain is well maintained, and very do-able, but be aware that after the tun-off to Emerald Lake it becomes quite steep. I was glad I didn't have a full overnight pack! It was very interesting and had a few marvelous views. We'd like to come back and continue the whole way, but for a day hike, the bit from Trout Lake Campground to Emerald Lake was a great distance for us.

Monday, September 17, 2012

This was a pretty decent hike. Great for a season-opener, as it is free of snow earlier then others in the area. The trail is fairly shaded, and the canyon was very nice. The lake at the top was very pretty, but not a whole lot of sitting room, so it gets crowded if too many groups get there at the same time.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Great views, worth the drive and there are tons more trails in the area that you will want to go on. Plan for an all day event with this hike...

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