Lower Elkspur and Upper Elkspur Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Lower Elkspur and Upper Elkspur Loop is a 10.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ashford, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,591 feet Route Type: Loop


horseback riding

nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers



6 months ago

See my review on the other trail as it's all applicable. I just wanted to add here that there is a way to make this hike a much smaller loop. The trail map shows that it swings out to the east and then back to the west where it parallels Stoner road. After you swing west, but before you are back lined up with the horse camp to the south, you'll at some point see the only actual offshot from the trail you're currently on, and that connects you with Upper Elkspur, although it's not marked until several feet down. Keep left and you'll end up back at the camp, having walked for perhaps an hour total. It's easy to accidentally pop out in a different place than you went in, but the camp is small and you'll find your way back to your car quickly.

7 months ago

didn't do the whole trail. has a decent variety of flora. seems like a good exercise trail.

11 months ago

I had to give it a star rating to leave a review, but this is just to say the whole place is shut down. Very disappointing that we drove an hour to get there to find that out. It's our fault, I guess.

Tue Dec 25 2018

Nice trail. A bit slushy at this point. Frost at the top. Great workout with some weight in the pack. Will need some spring cleaning.

Sun Sep 09 2018

This was a fun training run. The ascent is gradual so most of it can be run. I encountered a bear on the trail but he took off pretty fast. The trail starts/ends at a horse camp. There were a ton of horses on the trail. Not very scenic unless you like running in old forest. There are several intersections so to make it easy for you the trail runs lower and upper Elkspur.

8 months ago

Sat Feb 02 2019

Fri Dec 14 2018