Hoodoo Canyon Trail

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Hoodoo Canyon Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boyds, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.1 miles
2,152 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips




wild flowers

20 days ago

awesome hike. hiked this trail to emerald lake from trout lake trailhead. there was a washout about a mile or so in marked with flagging, fairly easy to climb around other than that trail in great condition. took a dip in emerald lake. water was perfect for swimming on a hot day. there was a good rock to jump off and it was not too buggy. sporadic views on the rest of the trail. still a decent amount of wildflowers. the turnoff for the lake is marked by flagging only

2 months ago

emerald lake level was very high no shore camping. no places to put up a tent between trout lake and emerald lake. plenty of water sources this time of year. a fair amount of large blow downs add to the challenge.1.8 miles from trout lake near the top of the switch backs is a bad wash out dangerous especially with a full pack

10 months ago

This trail is one rail I would never hike again. It had the least amount of scenery of all the hikes I have been on. W came at the end of April and could not drive all the way to the trailhead due to the snow. We parked and continued on the road through the snow top the trailhead. LOTS of running water from the melting snow on the sides of the road. we hiked in, spent the night and left next morning! Was just good to get the fresh air but there are SEVERAL better hikes in my opinion.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Enjoyed it - will do it again

Saturday, June 10, 2017

There is a land slide at 1.5 miles from Trout Lake trailhead. Wild flowers were out.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This was an interesting hike. My buddies and I stayed over the weekend at Emerald Lake, which was very low bur still very awesome. When you are at the lake there is not much exploring you can do, for you are inside canyon walls, but we had a great time. The trail is moderate and could be done by kids around twelve and up more easily if you had to go out and back the same day; for younger children be prepared to take your time and stay the night at the lake. Be advised there are only about 3 spots that you could actually camp at. Also, we are always looking for a little more challenge in our hikes so instead of taking the Hoodoo Canyon Trail to Emerald lake we took a left turn at the the sign just across the wood bridge and went nearly straight up to hit the the trail and headed North to Emerald Lake. Beautiful country; always a pleasure to be in God's country.

Saturday, September 03, 2016

A word of caution - using the directions from the app leads to the Trout Lake campground, which is described in the "100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest" hiking guide as an optional alternative route to Emerald Lake that is "an easier trail, well-constructed but less scenic" than the route through Hoodoo Canyon that starts from the north end and includes a view of Lily Lake.
To be fair, I wasn't able to find the actual trailhead at either end, and eventually gave up, so I can't speak to the quality of the hike either way.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Good hike. Fun swimming hole. Fun rock formation to jump off of. Bring some water shoes though, ground mostly covered in sharp rocks.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Gorgeous hike. Make sure snowpack has melted before tackling the forest service roads, we learned that the hard way.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice little swimming hole

Monday, June 29, 2015

This place is so worth the hike! The water is very refreshing, and the scenery is amazing! Definitely worth the time.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Definitely do this trail from the south end, although there is still a lot of climbing to get back out from the lake on your way home. Mostly an early season trail to warm up, not spectacular but nice wildflowers and views. Only person we saw was the trail crew on a Wednesday before Memorial Day. Be ready to remove lots of tics. Trail is well maintained and just brushed. It is steep into the lake but not difficult. Quite a few cool birds.

Monday, June 02, 2014

This is a beautiful walk, and can easily be done in 4 - 5 hours...It is actually 4.7 miles each way says the trail sign, but I tracked it with my SPOT Device, and it was 7,8 by Satellite Calculation ~smiles~

The first thing that we saw were huge rocks, and a Rubber Boa that was almost stepped on.

Emerald Lake can only be accessed by foot or horse, it is pristine and looks much like a Glacier Lake in color and depth...

Indian Paint Brushes, Yarrow, Morels, shooting stars and a plethora of other Spring Flowers were in FULL BLOOM ~smiles~.

Trout Lake has serious bug issues, as it is sitting water be sure to bring your NO-SEE-UM or something equally valuable, as they will go through polypro just as easily as flesh ~grins~, as do the biting flies... It is a non motorized lake and relatively clean considering it is a drive in campground.

Lots of ups and downs, something most of us LOVE ~smiles~

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My son and I completed this trail on the first day of Fall, 2012. We had a bit of company in the campground at Trout Lake, but saw no one on the trail and enjoyed a lovely, solitary hike. The fall colors were beautiful and the hike was varied enough to keep our interest. The terrain is well maintained, and very do-able, but be aware that after the tun-off to Emerald Lake it becomes quite steep. I was glad I didn't have a full overnight pack! It was very interesting and had a few marvelous views. We'd like to come back and continue the whole way, but for a day hike, the bit from Trout Lake Campground to Emerald Lake was a great distance for us.

Monday, September 17, 2012

This was a pretty decent hike. Great for a season-opener, as it is free of snow earlier then others in the area. The trail is fairly shaded, and the canyon was very nice. The lake at the top was very pretty, but not a whole lot of sitting room, so it gets crowded if too many groups get there at the same time.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The attraction here is it can be hiked early when you are desperate. We hiked the north route, longer and "more interesting", but it was merely ok with no views to speak of until the lake, and the lake was just ok. Granted it was somewhat flooded at the time. Again, good for warming up as the assent was steep enough to get the heart pumping, but not an amazing hike, just a hike through the woods with a small lake at the end.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Trailhead was somewhat difficult to find and parking is limited. You will find the trailhead near the end of Trout Lake campground. If use of the bathroom is needed you might prefer stopping in Colville or Kettle Falls as the one on the campground was horrid.

Overall this trail is well worth the drive--came from Spokane. Emerald lake was very refreshing for us and the dog. We chose a hot day to go which made the hike out a little rougher but still very doable. I will probably try it again come Spring or Fall.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

As you hike up this well maintained trail the views broaden as you go through stands of timber with abundant wildflowers. After about 2 miles you will get a view of Lily Lake.When you reach the bluff above Hoodoo Canyon the view will be spectacular and offers the hiker a good break for lunch.From the canyon ledge down to Emerald Lake the trail is very steep and recommended for experienced hikers only.

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