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Completed this hike (3 days, 2 nights) over Labor Day Weekend. We had perfect weather for the first 12 mile day where we crossed the Cranberry River (We averaged 2.8MPH once we reached the top of Kennison Mnt). The river was 8-10 wide and ankle deep. Around 6 that evening we had severe T-Storms and the river grew to over 50' wide and about a foot from cresting the river bank where we were camped. The next day we hiked about 3 miles towards the first shelter on Public Road 102, the only camp sites after this shelter are at the gate before the bog. We walked out to the bog and back adding another 8 miles, and then we had a nice climb on the way out the 3rd day. The map shown is off towards the end of Kennison Mnt Trail, it follows the dotted lines straight off the mountain...

Really an excellent trail. The woods are beautiful and the trail is well maintained. The road hike isn’t as fun but it’s all along the river and we didn’t see a car on it all day. The fishing is meant to be really good but by August it’s pretty dry and the fish are scarce in the cranberry river. The benefit of this is that it’s easy to cross the river to get to the my kennison trail if you do the road part first. Highly recommend a beat vault if you’re going to camp. We saw a ton of bear scat and two bears. There’s only one camp site on the mt kennison trail which is about 4 miles from the trailhead, plenty of sites along the road/river and these are better as they have water access. Saw two salamanders which made my week. All in all a beautiful trail with some good elevation.

Good trip. Saw a big black bear come through our camp. Star gazing was second to none. Lots of mud and water but well worth the 20 plus miles. Message me on Insta Mountaineer97 for info if you like.

Fun trail! Gradual climb to the top of the mountain the view from the top was rocky, but it had a nice view. Trail was very muddy in places, but it was easy enough to get though. Very well marked. Highly recommend.

wow, I'm a beginner and this was the trail I chose for my first two day trip. I'm in fair shape at the age of 45, and this trail KICK MY A$$. it was well worth the pain, and the following day at home not being able to walk right. lol I recommended this trail already to several friends. p.s. next time I bet I pick a Easy rated trail.

My experience was probably made worse by it raining 4 times on me, just to be fair. It was memorial day weekend, but if it hadn't been, you probably wouldn't see anyone else on the trail. When you get to the main intersection about .4 miles in, if you take the North branch, it is an old logging road and is a fantastic walk. The return back, which is the trail straight forward is narrow, overgrown, easy to lose your bearings, and extremely muddy. I would reccomend taking the North side and just doing it as an out and back instead of the loop. There are no vistas at all, but river / creek is very pretty.

Great trail to get away and awesome fishing.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
6 months ago

Very pretty trail, hiking out along the creek made for light packs a pleasant scenery. There were many many overgrown spots and many many blown down trees, some large enough to require significant detours. I would highly recommend a GPS or excellent orienteering skills on this trail. It was also pretty muddy, so skip the trail runners and bring good boots.

backpacking
muddy
over grown
snow
8 months ago

There is a lot of down trees and crossing the creek in spots was really difficult. I was happy that it was below freezing or it would have been a lot muddier. It was nice and secluded.

Did this in 2 days on mountain bike with backpacks. Tough! The woods looked like something from TheLord of the Rings!

I’d say 3.5 stars overall. The best parts of the trail are hiking through tunnels or colonnades of conifers and the peace and quiet. On the other side, there are lots of dead falls to scramble over and dozens of mud patches 4-8” deep to navigate. From the east trailhead it is a long descent to the first tributary crossing around 2.5 miles. Within the next mile or so are two large campsites squeezed in tight between the trail and the river with various stone hearths and “tables”. At approx. mile 5, and about 1/3 mile from the North Fork river crossing, the trail has collapsed above the river, forcing a hill scramble which was daunting in backpacks. We looked for a north trending trail to connect with the North-South Trail (shown in the topo layer of All Trails as being east of Cashcamp drainage) but it was undetectable and a 1.3 mile bushwhack uphill to the ridgeline. Since it was getting late, we backtracked to one of the campsites for the night. Barred Owls were calling in this area. Heading back to the car in the morning it was a steady, sloshy climb in sleet but we had a good time for an overnighter. The cold weather weakened our batteries for our devices, so advise multiple replacements this late in season. Cheers!

hiking
Fri Oct 12 2018

Trail was pretty easy but was not maintained well. Lots of fallen trees, bad erosion and poorly marked. When interesting with the tumbling rock trail I’m pretty sure the trail marker was taken out by a fallen tree. Not bad, not great.

This trail loop feels like an entire story packaged into 1 day (if you so choose).

Did the hike as a first backpacking trip. It was pretty rough for us, mostly because it stormed and North Fork trail turned into a mudpit and one of my buddies was fighting mono (he was diagnosed later). Was also not aware that you cross small streams about 7 times so change of shoes and lots of dry socks are essential. After climbing out West in the mountains, not too impressed with the scenery mostly because of the lack of wildlife and any overlooks, but definitely some pretty neat, rugged trails.

A pleasant, easy walk but parts of the trail is full of large rocks since it was a bed for a stream. Nice views of the water and the forest.

Great hike. First day was 10 miles through a beautiful forest. The last half mile is a little rough straight down the mountain to cranberry river. Second day was 12 miles all road walking except the last 2 miles straight up the mountain.

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Hiked this trail in early October 2017 with friends. Descended from scenic highway down to Cranberry River for a couple days. Hiked downstream and up Tumbling Rock Trail back up to North South Trail where we camped final night. Finished 6 mile hike last morning in rainstorm back to Scenic highway where we parked. Beautiful area all around. Have a GPS with you and a trail map. The raw ruggedness of the area was fantastic.

good fishing. beware of bears after dusk. prepare for hiking up hill to pack out.

some of my favorite hikes in the mon nat'l forest include the middle fork trail. it has several areas to set up camp along or not to far off the trail, the big beachy falls is awesome and hells for certain is very cool as well it offers a waterfall as well, the only kicker is you have to Wade through water to get to camp. but it's way worth it. happy hiking.- scout

hiking
Thu May 04 2017

Nice and quiet. 3 - 4 miles west of the Scenic Highway on a still day on the ridge trail and all you hear is the faintest hint of Williams and Cranberry as a backdrop to the critters....in between jets of course.

hiking
Mon Oct 10 2016

I loved this trail. I hope we can come back and do it all.

hiking
Mon Oct 10 2016

Nice trail but we got a late start and did not do it all. The trail was in fairly good shape, although there was some blowdown.

backpacking
Fri Jun 24 2016

Awesome trail. The northern end near the Cranberry campground was in great shape last time I was there, July of 2015. This can be a backbone for a lot of great loops.

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