DISTANCE
15.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,970 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

over grown

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

After doing this hike from the bottom many times have never gotten up much further than the 9th bridge due to time and or snow, ice conditions. This time made it quite a way up but was thwarted due to trail simply disappearing in a boggy area where several rivers meet. For the last half mile I went the trail was barely discernable but tracked with my GPS. However it simply stopped in a area of very dense brush, mud and difficult stream crossing. We still had about a 1000' of gain to make but could clearly see much of it would be bushwacking. So glad I did not do this as a key swap. Next time, will start at the upper and see if it's clearer from other side. either way this section will always be a monster to maintain.