Pretty steep climb. Super pretty. Took a while to get there and was worried we were driving to no where. Didn’t make it up but made it a good ways in. Lots of fun and super pretty day trip.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Loved this trail loop, both right on the lake and in the forest above. Beautiful and peaceful.

great!
over grown
2 days ago

took the dogs for a walk with a friend and the views were gorgeous! nice little loop.

Steady incline most of the way up.. stunning views at the top and a great picnic are right before the top, loved seeing the horses on the trail even goats

hiking
great!
7 days ago

Great trail! The first 1.6 miles are tough but it smooths out afterwards. Go straight at the intersection with Chilco Mountain trail (which is left). No sign at the intersection! Very few people on the trail. We followed a group of six people on horses who were doing trailwork. Last seven miles of road to the trailhead is gravel and filled with potholes. You are also sharing this road with a LOT of side-by-sides and dirt bikes. Suggest a vehicle with high clearance.

backpacking
blowdown
10 days ago

What a blast! I saw abundant nature and the one blowdown is later on and manageable. it is a little overgrown towards the beginning at the Pond but if you persevere you will be met with beautiful views and wide open trails.

mountain biking
13 days ago

Really great ride and very well maintained. Rode on a Sunday and it was not very busy-- encountered two other bikers and one hiker. Lots of shade.

hiking
blowdown
14 days ago

great trail! I went to both peaks, recorded 10.3 miles most of the trail was dry, but once I gained the main ridge for south Chilco the trail had snow patches, but broken enough I could easily keep track of the trail. lots of blowdowns but all passable only had to leave the trail twice. no critters but did see some very fresh wolf sign.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail! (June 19) The beginning is a gorgeous wooded trail with meadows, wildflowers, and sun peaking through the trees. Then it becomes much more steep and heavily wooded. Ample space to step off to the side and rest & as beginners, we needed it! Would suggest walking poles for those who need a little more assistance. The scramble at the top was very doable and FUN! All in all, this hike was truly amazing. I’ve had 7 knee surgeries and still made it to the top! Can’t wait to go again in July to see more wildflowers!

Such a beautiful spot! There is a $5 fee to get in. Lot of trails and little beach really cool spot for kiddos.

hiking
bugs
23 days ago

hiking
blowdown
26 days ago

Trail was in good shape overall. The trees across the trail mentioned in a recent review are still there. Weather was bad, so I can't describe the view. Small patch of snow on the trail near the top.

Great day! Only went to the view point with the kids. Only saw one other person on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is ready for the summer! There's a little snow that you'll need to traverse at the very top, but should be completely cleared by next week. Trail is in great condition and is ready to be explored and enjoyed by everyone. This is always a favorite of mine and I'm already planning on coming back again very soon!

blowdown
snow
1 month ago

Great trek! Made it to both peaks today. Still plenty of snow on the way to South Chilco...lost trail many times, several downed trees. Total of 11.2 miles. Doable yet challenging.

mountain biking
blowdown
snow
1 month ago

Almost made it to the top on mountain bike in mid May but snow stopped us 1.5 miles to the end.

running
1 month ago

Awesome trail! Only snow in shaded spots up top. Easy to follow, no confusion. View on bacside on top is great! Climb is quite gradual after a few steep parts in first 1.5 miles. Lovely creeks crossing trail, good to cool off. A few bikers, but they were kind & warned me of others.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Great trail, just not quite ready yet. Went on May 16th, dirt road to trail was a little rough, but nothing 4x4 vehicle’s can’t handle. The trail itself was fine until halfway up, then it turns into soft snow with sink holes and mud. Still made it though, wear your waterproof boots.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up today. About 1.5 miles from trailhead the road gets pretty muddy and snowy. Would definitely need 4x4 to get there. The trail is still covered with snow. It’s doable, you just got to want it. We made it up, saw 2 moose. It was beautiful. Maybe another couple weeks and the snow should be melted.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

I started at the top of Bernard Peak today, and hiked down the trail for a while. On south-facing slopes, the snow is melted and spring is glorious. On the north-facing slopes, there are still drifts of ice and snow that are a couple of feet deep. About 2 miles of the road to the top of the mountain are still covered in snow, so there is a bit of hiking required to get to the top, even from the road.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

I decided to scout out the road to Chilco Mountain trail head. As I expected, the road conditions became poor about 1.5 miles before the trailhead. It looks like a determined person on an ATV could get through it, but even in my 4x4, I decided not to risk spending the day winching my truck out of the snow and muck. I’d give it a week or two more, to let the snow melt, and then this trail should be optimal for hiking.

hiking
blowdown
2 months ago

Lots of down tree was a log buried and jammed my knee be careful beautiful view

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Hike is Long but easy grade. I am a newbie hiker and with 48 lb pack averaged 3 mph (with short legs) without breathing hard. Snow starts getting deep at the 5 mile mark. Lost the trail 1.2 miles from the top. Bring snowshoes, determination and better mapping/trail skills then I have and you will have a great time! Have to crawl under 3 trees and over 4.

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