DISTANCE
14.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,257 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

off road driving

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

rocky

closed

backpacking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail down from the Island Lake Trail Junction. There is a sign a short distance with a "Warning" about the trail conditions mentioned in the previous review. It is much easier to follow the rock cairns when you can see them from above than hiking up. Currently the trail is more like hiking cross country because you have to walk around, over and under many burned trees on the trail. Currently requires advanced route finding skills which slows down the progress. It took us 4 hours to negotiate the trail going downhill. At our normal pace we would have completed the downhill portion of this trail in about 2.0-2.5 hours. Three stars only because of the large burned out sections and difficult travel. 4 stars when the USFS cuts a trail through the downed trees. FYI Crystal Lake it at the opposite end of the Lakes County trail at the Junction of the Smith-Morehouse, Big Elk and Lakes Country trail