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hiking
muddy
snow
8 hours ago

Still some snow off the trail. It was rainy and cloudy when we went but still beautiful. Trail was pretty dry for the most part with some muddy patches here and there.

hiking
blowdown
private property
17 hours ago

A relatively short jaunt to Cowee Creek Meadows which appears to be part of the Echo Ranch property. I appreciate that Echo Ranch put up a sign inviting fishing along the creek. There is one spot on the trail with a couple of blow downs that requires navigating but on the way back it’s easier if you follow the trail (the way out is tough to notice that stepping past the roots would get you back on the trail). Terrain is mixed rooted and single-track, with quite a few winds. It’s nice that it follows the Creek with spots to step out to fish or enjoy the passing water. There was some black bear sign on the trail, as well as what I believe to be horse scat that could be misconstrued as brown bear sign. I have heard of brown bear in the area, but not seen evidence myself.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 day ago

Snow on trail and muddy for sure. Would’ve been a great hike but once it opened up it got very windy and was raining. Then came the sleet. didn’t make it to the end before turning back.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

icy
off trail
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Still quite a bit of snow on the trail and on the mountain. Gets pretty sketchy up there with all the ice, snow, and heavy winds.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

Great hike! Definitely a longer one but doable. Good switchbacks up the saddle and not too much mid past the lower basin. We hit snow at the top so we didn’t hang out long, but overall the trail is in great condition.

Fantastic well maintained trail! Absolutely loved it!!

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

They should name this "intro to uphill." Easy, wide, dry trail (a little tighter and steeper the very last portion after second bench). I recommend this trail to families and anyone wanting to begin their hiking season. Wildlife viewed included a black bear, ground squirrel, various birds including Wilson's Warblers, robins, chickadees and one I wasn't able to identify.

hiking
muddy
2 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Trail still covered in snow most of the way. We ran into a nasty combination of wind and snowstorm that turned us back a couple miles in.

hiking
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Nice trail. Took us 90 minutes round trip.

hiking
3 days ago

Great trail conditions the whole way, steep slope, kids loved it!

off trail
rocky
scramble
3 days ago

3 hrs up (got off trail), 2.5 down pros: great view, not muddy or icy and no bugs. cons: this hike is not for me. this has been my first disliked hike ever I think. the trail was hard to follow without the map. we followed a side trail that we thought was the main trail (didn't look at the map) and it turned out to be harder and longer. Towards the last ascent it's hard to see where the trail goes so again I went up a tougher (steeper, minimal traction) ascent than needed. from the top you could see the best way though. I slipped several times. that being said I saw multiple mtn runners doing their thing. go them. it was hard on my knees while hiking but today (next day), no pain. we saw 1 moose about 20 yards away. in the end I'd rather do more miles i think. maybe I had a bad hike day or maybe my knees can't handle these hikes anymore.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
rocky
washed out
4 days ago

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