DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,051 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

snowshoeing

trail running

beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

historic site

backpacking
1 month ago

The original rating for this trail was moderate, and unfortunately misleading. We brought our good friends here for a backpacking trip the weekend after the solstice in June. We knew it would rain and involved steep elevation but were not expecting the rock scrambles and rockiness of the regular trail on the ascent and descent, made harder by the rain. We camped .5 miles in after hiking the 3 miles on 302 then were planning to camp on the other side of Mt Jackson for the night—however we didn’t make good time on the ascent and got caught in the rain on the ridge part of the trail which dampened spirits (and clothes). We decided to hike through the night and go to a nearby hotel rather than camp out another night. It took us 12.5 hours to hike that 7 mile stretch (with overnight packs) in the rain (7.5 hours of rain) and dark (4 hours in the dark with low visibility due to mist). Overall a beautiful hike but be prepared for it to be HARD!!