Lower Elkspur and Upper Elkspur Loop

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Elbe Hills State Forest

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.

Length10.4 miElevation gain1,591 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingHorseback ridingNature tripsSnowshoeingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddy
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Cassidy Arimoto
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Horseback ridingMuddyOff trail

steep switchbacks up and down both directions, not good place for a green horse to go to (rookie mistake didn't see reviews on the steepness etc), great place for a horse to learn but not to begin with. Will go over bridges, hard flowing creeks, midd, steep hills, down trees either found a way around in the woods or jumped them. There was a very loud shooting range at the top you could hear the people talking that's how close it is. (luckily we live on a military base so the horses were desensitized) Loved the difficulty, pretty, but hard to enjoy it with a green horse (unless you're ponying). have fun!

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Kammy Brankline
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Horseback riding

What a beautiful ride. The trails were amazing can’t wait to do it again

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Cristina Vaughan
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Horseback ridingGreat!

Very fun riding trail! Started my recording late so didn’t catch all of our ride which was 13 miles total. Lots of terrain, trail can be quite challenging for inexperienced horses. Probably not the most exciting trail if you are just hiking, but great for riding!

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Jeff Mydlar
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Hiking

Way to muddy

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Rachel Clark
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Hiking

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.

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Hugh Jaynus
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Hiking

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

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Shad Kerr
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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.

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Ramsey Morgan
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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.

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Jamie Nawrocki
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Running
First to Review

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.

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Kammy Brankline
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Horseback riding
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Climber Chef
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Hiking
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debbie Field-schroedle
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Horseback riding
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Robin Nichols
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Hiking
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James Lapine
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Hiking
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spartanbm09 .
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Hiking
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Robert Carter
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JoShua Hall
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David Yeats
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