Gorgeous 9.7 mi loop with inclines never too steep. A 4 hour hike, 5 hours including breaks and 2 stream crossing. Orange path not systematically well marked - need All Trails (in my case I had to charge my phone battery twice using the external charger - old phone.) Lots of MTB, no horses. Before the Bull Mountain lot, we missed the intersection and ended up on the gravel road (not a detour but not as nice as the orange trail).

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
7 days ago

Walked the road portion of the trail to the end and found the forest part of the trail. The forest part was so over grown and unmarked- we could not even follow it. Very scary!!! The waterfall on the road portion was beautiful but this is not a complete trail.

A nice walk around a lake.

hiking
21 days ago

Fun hike, lots of mountain biking and hiking, but plenty of room for everyone. The water crossings make it fun too! FYI the recording didn’t start from the parking lot, I started it maybe 15 mins in.

Good trail. Fairly busy.

hiking
24 days ago

Pretty boring for hiking, probably much more fun on a bike or horse. Very easy, wide, up and down. Nice overlook of the lake but not much other scenery. Go counterclockwise to knock out the two creek crossings first and then put your boots on for the other 8 miles.

backpacking
24 days ago

My son and I did this as a preparation for longer backpacking trips. We had a great hike and camp. The creek crossing was interesting.

Warning! Loved the hike BUT the orange nor Red were clearly marked and we did run into a pack or wild pigs on the Red Trail! Note the red requires you to cross a shallow creek so prepare to get your feet wet, there are some small waterfalls that were a pleasant surprise!

hiking
1 month ago

The creek crossings are a fun addition to this trail. Prepare to get a little wet!

Closed due to Covid

Unfortunately, this trail is currently closed due to Corona. Not able to give an accurate rating.

This is an "easy" moderate trail to us. Path is wide and relatively clear of rocks and roots. To do the complete loop, you will walk along Hwy 19 a short distance. There is a picnic area, although no one was there. A good mixture of inclines and declines. Plenty of parking with a choice of two lots. There are places to sit and even a swing bench, which we took advantage of on a break. We clocked 3.4 miles - but who knows. We were so excited to be outside and in the sunshine, finally! We saw maybe 10 other hikers. Evidently a good place to fish and saw a couple outdoors people in small boats in the lake.

Great trail run!

Ok walk in the woods around the lake. The end of the trail (or beginning, if you go counter-clockwise) is along the side of the main road, so watch out.

Nice trail around lake. Trail in pretty nice shape despite all recent rains.

The parts along the lake were pretty, the 2 road walk alongs not so much. Maybe skip the loop and walk in and out.

hiking
muddy
washed out
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 months ago

Good trail. Easy for the southern half, moderate at the northern half. Lots of kids and dogs. It’s currently muddy and quasi-washed out in places, but honestly, with as much rain as we’ve had, it’s better than I would have expected.

Hiked the purple trail because it is a large loop. The purple trail consists of 3 trails: the Bull Moutain Trail [223], the Lance Creek Trail [223a] (a lower cutoff before the Saddleback Trail), and the Whoop-dee -dos Trail [223c]. According to the trail map posted at the trail head [ see image], this was supposed to be a little over 8miles. The actual distance was just under 11miles. That is a significant discrepancy if your starting later in the day and watching the clock. Total time to complete was 5hrs on the nose and that included a 5min break every 2miles on the 1st 8miles. Note that as trail 223c connects back to 223 that distance is approximately just over 9miles. Although there weren't many opportunities for skyline viewing, the trail was quite beautiful and desolate. The trail would be great for a Summer hike as it is quite shaded most of the entire trek. Wildlife was also scarce, I suppose because it was early January. We hit this trail after a good weekend of rain and Lance Creek was running pretty hard. You will cross Ol' Lance a few times. He's quite narrow at the top where the backside of the 223 meets 223a. But as you descend 223a you will have to cross Ol Lance twice more. The 1st time, if you have a waterproof mid to high boot, you will be just fine. But as the 223a ends, just before 223c, Ol' Lance is wide and a tad bit deeper. About calf deep for me (5' 11"). Even though it was January and cool, the crisp clean mountain water felt great on my feet that just finished a solid 8miles. It was invigorating and recharging. In short, trail favorites: foliage - wild rhododendrons galore. Desolation. You feel miles away from civilization. There is no cell service most of the trail, and GPS is sparse when descending. Recommendations: Prepare for a longer trek than the trail head map identifies. BRING A COPY OF THE MAP WITH YOU and have a compass. I kept a digital image of the mapnon my phone. I also ran GPS on my Garmin Fenix5. And I also suggest running the "record" on the AllTrails app. I didn't do this. The trail is poorly marked. There are NO visible blazes. You WILL get confused at times, but if you have a map with you and have a good sense of direction you will be fine.

After a long illness that has given my a lot of joint issues I wanted to take on the National Park challenge for 2020. A few friends and I were in this area for New Years and wanted to get the dog out without over doing it for our first outing. This was perfect it was really pretty and even though there were a few cars in the parking lot we never saw anyone on the trail. Great hike to get us motivated and started on our journey of exploration

Nice little hike. Trail head is right off a main road and easy to get to, making it a great hike when you don’t have a lot of time.

mountain biking
4 months ago

ouch... take a map, you nay get turned around a few times but it's a fun trail! the creek crossings are deep, one is a little above the knee and the other is about lower shin high. take a towel :) have fun!

I was really surprised at how not well-marked the western part of the trail was. We started from the parking/picnic area and picked up the trail going clockwise and eventually ended up on what I assume was a different trail altogether because we were nowhere near the lake or the trail marked on the AllTrails map for this loop, but even when we backtracked we couldn’t ever find where the trail near the lake was. You might have better luck taking the trail counter-clockwise from the parking lot. I’m kind of bummed because we didn’t get to see any of the views other people have described for this loop.

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