hiking
1 month ago

Great hike to take the kids on. Gradual with beautiful views at the halfway point. Worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun little trail

Quiet peaceful hike with no signs after the first. Recommend late spring or early summer and bring your tent. First 200 yards or so up steeper hill.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely stroll through meadows, pine trees, and a creek. The view at the top of trees and mountains was so peaceful as well!

This was a great hike for Mother's Day--relatively easy and a perfect distance for our first hike. :-)

We hiked the Big Sky Loop as described in Rich Landers' "Day Hiking Eastern Washington." Don't try to hike any trails here without the park map, as out on the trail, there are no signs with trail names, directions, or distances. Trail junctions simply have a number, which corresponds to a name and path on the park map. Overall, it was a great hike. The single track trails were very lush and thus very overgrown. Orion's Path (trailhead not marked at all, but about 50 yards down the paved road from the entrance parking lot, on the left, with a post with a dirty reflector on it) had seen a lot of heavy equipment work, presumably to clear blowdowns, and it sometimes was difficult to follow. The rest of Big Sky Loop was spectacular. Beware, though, that the part of the Big Sky Loop trail, to which the Penstemon Point half-circle loop attaches, is virtually impossible to find. It appears all the foot traffic just goes to Penstemon Point. Going on Big Sky Trail counterclockwise, you could see the Big Sky Trail by a post with a red and white marker on it, just off the heavily used trail, to your left. Coming clockwise, the junction is pretty invisible. It was marked with a rock cairn, which has been knocked down, and you may miss that if your attention is drawn to another red and white banner/marker on a tree just a few yards farther along. (Following that portion of the trail requires well-developed trail finding skills.) There are only a few of these seemingly new red and white tape/banner/markers wrapped around trees (they weren't there several years ago), and they simply indicate to you in which direction a numbered trail junction lies, nothing else; not the trail you're on, not the name of the trails at the numbered junction, not distances either way. Having the county trail map is a must, and having a reliable compass, and knowing how to use them together, helps a lot, especially as there are a number of unnumbered offshoot trails not on the map. Keep your eyes up. Some number posts are not right at the junctions; e.g., clockwise on Big Sky Loop, post numbered 12 is farther along that trail, just visible, past the junction with Powerline Trail. It appears Veronica's Prom trail, which would have been at numbered post 4, is no longer used. It shows no sign of usage, and a red and white marker on a tree with several junction directions indicated has a cross or "X" thru/over a depiction of marker 4, sort of like an international "NO" symbol. Again, overall, a beautiful, lush hike with easy/moderate elevation changes, and some great views from the northern sections of Big Sky Trail and Penstemon Point. There is water available at the camp/picnic grounds, and at the clockwise beginning of the Big Sky Trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, easy hiking

hiking
6 months ago

Fantastic day on the trail today! Well marked easy hike, great for a spring kick off hike

hiking
11 months ago

Watch out for hunters....

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

This is a nice trail for an old growth forest experience. There are satisfying elevation changes, but it is not a difficult hike. I explored nearly every trail in the park including those not mapped. My main complaint is that many trails are very overgrown. With regular trail maintenance this could be a far more excellent hiking destination.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Nice trail great views. Trail does need some brush trimming. Description needs to include the loop.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Great easy hike with a beautiful view just over halfway with a shady spot to sit and enjoy and take a break. Did it with two kids, 7 year old walked the whole way with some complaints but mostly because it was hot.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

awesome trail. The scenery is remarkable!

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

good nature campground and trails

Sunday, August 07, 2016

We hiked and picniced there. A great Place to relax and enjoy the day.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

we really enjoyed it here--great camping spots--come early to get the best ones--we were lucky to get a perfect one near Bayley Lake...would go again!

snowshoeing
Sunday, April 24, 2016

great place to snoshoe

Love it! Beautiful place!

hiking
Friday, April 15, 2016

So beautiful. Love this lake.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Went Saturday 4/9/16
Spring is in the air and the freshly sprouted flowers and lush growth was spectacular! I had an amazing time getting grounded and exploring this treasure. A great hike

nature trips
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Little Pend Oreille Refuge protects over 40,000 acres of diverse habitats which attract a wide range of birds and mammals. The streams and lakes are used by moose,osprey,painted turtles,blue herons and a wide variety of shorebirds. Camping is permitted in campgrounds from April 14th through December 31 and in designated sites from October 1 through December 31st The campgrounds are primitive with pit toilets an no potable water.

hiking
7 months ago

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