DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,171 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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birding

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wild flowers

hiking
6 hours ago

Snow and ice on fair portion (half of loop)of this trail on October 20. Bring microspikes bc horses stamp it to ice. Tried to make it to snow peak cabin from the loop, but that portion was too icey and we turned back to finish the loop.

Sunny side was dry ground. The fall color is peak. New growth has covered most fire scarring.

Large tree down across Hwy 20 where trail picks up from parking area but that's your entry point. If you start the loop counter clockwise, be sure to look behind you as you face the boulder hill (1/2 mile?) or you will miss the small lake on your left.

I'd do this counter clockwise next time and come down the SW side around 4 pm for sunset light on the view points there. Mid afternoon light is too flat.

There was a lot of haze from 2 controlled burns last week in Kettle Falls and the Colville Reservation. Check with ranger district for recent burns before any Fall hikes bc they burn at different times depending on moisture.

AirNow showed 2.5pm, the dangerous particle size, yesterday.

Saw two other parties, there is road noise much of this hike but the views are lovely.