DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1417 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

hiking
3 months ago

Winter hike after a fresh snow on the trail is very dangerous. The trail is NOT MARKED. After a fresh snow, while it is somewhat fun to look for the trail at first , it becomes pretty hard and slow with a lot of false trails up on the ridge. What seemed to be an easy , less than 6 mi hike turned for us into a dangerous outing of 12 hours in midst of winter , and after the sunset with temperatures rapidly dropping close to -20F. I'm an experienced hiker, but once again this is a good reminder to take any hike especially in winter very seriously. After sunset we were very close to finishing the loop, but I could not locate the trail in the dark anymore . We turned around and traced our steps back which was very hard and exhausting in such low temperatures . Family called for the rescue which was very appreciated. Our phones didn't work in cold , but forest rangers were able to pick a ping from one of the phones at some point on the trail and came to meet us. Next time you go there bring some tape to mark the trail, you might save a life!
On a good note, the trail is really beautiful!