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Kelley Standal reviewed Telichpah Trail #196
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HikingMuddy
First to Review

hard climb to the trail junction. but beautiful

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Andrew McGuire reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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FishingGreat!Muddy

Honestly, I was a little disappointed...but perhaps my expectations were too high? I came here for a Labor Day weekend fly-fishing trip, and thought it would be good to take this trail to head further upriver from the end of the road to a more secluded fishing area. I was surprised that I had to hike about two miles before coming to an area with relatively convenient fishing access. The hike followed the river, but stayed well above it most of the way (with limited views), hence the disappointment. Also, the trail was surprisingly muddy in places despite being late summer after a long dry spell. HOWEVER, I caught the two biggest fish of my life in a section of river off this trail, so I definitely did not regret the hike. Plus, lots of social distancing with this hike!

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Matthew Castro reviewed Telichpah Trail #196
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cammy kuchenski reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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HikingBugsGreat!

we stayed at the lookout aug 21-23. The trail and lookout were lovely, as described by others. But I have to give a warning to anyone headed up soon. We’ve done dozens of hike in north Idaho and I’ve never seen anything like this. I noticed most of the plants completely stripped of their greenery, and after a little bit I figured out why. There are thousands of fuzzy caterpillars eating everything. Not a big deal, until partially through the hike we started getting itchy. Turns out if you brush up against them their barbs can sting and break off in your clothes causing tons of itchy spots like hives. No other bugs around, no mosquitos, it’s definitely these guys. Please wear long non- knitted sleeves and pants, it’s worth it.

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Jason Brownlee reviewed Mallard and Fawn Lake
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BackpackingGreat!
First to Review

Fantastic trail! A couple of great views of Mallard Peak and of the lookout on top. We turned SW just north of Mallard Lake and hiked over toward Northbound Lake, which provided amazing views of the mountain ranges to the south. Some north facing snow packs still visible as well. Several downed trees, some of which had to be hiked around. Aside from that, the trails are in excellent condition. Camped above Northbound and then returned by the same route. God is so awesome!!

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Cascade Herriott reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Hiking

Great trail! Beautiful drive up the the trail head which is located a few hundred feet before the NF road gate. The beginning of the trail is rather dig out from motor bike use, but we didn’t see any active use. Just a slight ankle biter at the beginning. The forest is beautiful and hiking the spine to Arid Peak is quite shady with awesome lookouts to the north. Highly recommend!

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Rebecca Cole reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Couldn't find the road to the TH on Saturday 7/18. So one star only because of that.

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Tristan Hagaman reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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HikingBlowdownSnow

Hiked up to the lookout today, trail was still covered in a lot of snow for a good portion of it, we were able to navigate the gap in the trees and make it all the way to the lookout. Stayed for awhile and had lunch by the campfire, got to peek in the window of the lookout.

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Tim Roe reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out
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A good easy trail for most folks. We went about 3 miles with a toddler in a pack and two dogs. First several miles are very rocky and were pretty washed out from recent rains. Lots of horse poop from pack horses heading back and forth from the lodge. We ran across a Mama Moose and her Baby just off the trail in some pretty moosy water. Thankfully, some horse riders came up and were able to get her a little further off the trail so we could pass. Lots of flowers though and the St. Joe is always gorgeous. Oh, it was reported at the trail that there had been recent bear activity further up the trail, I don't think we went far enough to even get into that.

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Brandi Bilaski reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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BackpackingBugs

Took trail 11 to Fawn Lake with a stop up to Mallard Peak along the way, lots of mosquitoes, great fishing. Fawn Lake is worth the hike. It’s beautiful. Not too many other hikers on the trail. Great trails to backpack through!

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brian youngwirth reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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went 7/4/19 nice time. Left surveyors ridge to Northbound lake trail made camp there . made day hike Heart lake and other non trail hikes. still snow on trail to Heart Lake.

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Tom Whin reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Like others I found it confusing in finding the forest road that leads to the trailhead. Thanks to my Garmin app however I was able to zoom in and figure out where to cross the river. There is a bridge opposite the turnoff for the Hiawatha trail. From Wallace this is about 20 miles down that road that leads to Avery. Once on the west side of the river the TH isn't more than 8 miles or so on a decent gravel road. Signage in Idaho both for forest roads and trailheads is quite poor. The only signs along the trail were two of the exact same thing at the junction where you meet the ridge trail that goes on up to the lookout. And these two signs appeared to be printed on an inkjet printer and inserted in plastic envelopes. Laughable. The hike was very nice and huckleberries were plentiful for the first half mile or so up the trail. There were some fairly steep stretches but nothing too difficult. I logged 1.2 miles to the junction and then another 1.5 to the lookout. Be careful on the way down that you do not overshoot that left turn as there is no signage for that direction of hiking and if you are not paying attention you can go several miles toward Avery. There was no one at the lookout when I reached it and it was actually unlocked so I had my lunch inside out of the wind and sun. The views are very good although many trees have grown since this was built and there is some obstruction in various directions. This looks like a neat place to spend a night or two but you need to either pack in all of your water or hike down a very steep trail about 0.5 mile to a spring and then back up with the heavy containers. I did see bear scat along the trail containing huckleberries but did not encounter any wildlife. Definitely hike this with a firearm.

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Nicci Jae reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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This trail is top notch! We’ve been five times now and are always obsessed. Current conditions are perfect with essentially zero snow! We went from the Aquarius side and hiked just to larkens. Ran into some people that camped at Heart Lake and said it was mostly free of snow. If you go to larkens definitely check out Mud Lake and the waterfall along the way!

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Andy R reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Best 30 bucks I have ever spent. It was even worth spending most of the day looking for that darn Forest Service road #1997. Thank goodness for locals with USFS maps. 10 year old had a blast too. He is still talking about the owl that flew up and changed direction directly over us.

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Hailey Martin reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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Backpacking

My boyfriend and I are just starting to get into backpacking and this was our first real backpacking trip! We had a blast however there were a few problems along the trail. The trail was pretty easy to follow until trail 108. In the beginning It was an easy trail for the most part however once we got to the fork of trail 12 and 108, the trail disappeared. They were both clearly labeled and trail 12 looked decently maintained but about 100ft from the fork trail 108 was practically nonexistent. We decided to keep going however thinking the trail would start to come back or we would be able to find It... we ended up doing this for so long there was a slim chance we could make our way back to the trail. Not the smartest idea, we admit, but It was too late. So we kept going northwest, luckily we had brought a compass and some printed out maps. We kept going northwest knowing we would hit the sawtooth creek or the river. Finally after about 9 hours of going up and down steep mountains and over/under tons of blown down trees and through shrubs that were taller than our heads, we finally hit the sawtooth creek. We ended up hiking about a mile down and hit the river and knew about a quarter of a mile back was trail 50. So we turned around went back up the creek and got back on trail at that point and completed the loop. It was extremely challenging when we lost the trail and we contacted the forest services afterwords and they said multiple people have complained about the lack of maintenance of that trail. I would advise bringing a compass, a good map, an excellent gps, and a lot of determination. It was a great challenge and I feel a lot more confident surviving in the woods now, but It was not the safest route by far. Good luck!

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April Wallace reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Camping

Trail steep at first. Nice overnight stay!

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Dave Nance reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Arid peak lookout is for rent and is a very nice place to spend the night. it's well stocked with cooking and tools for cutting fire wood. You park at a dead end on what appears to be a safe place for your vehicle over night. under 3 miles to lookout and only 600 or so feet of elevation gain.

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Kevin Renner reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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so I misunderstood the route, I started at the mouth of kyle creek at the river, its a long climb but a nice hike. I didn't make it to the lookout, I turned around after 3 miles when I realized I still had almost 2 miles more. I didn't plan on a 9.5 mile hike(time and supplies) I will go back more prepared.

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Rex Watson reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Suggest you take the St. Maries-Avery route. Trail head is 16 miles from Avery on very good gravel roads that pass though 3 old train tunnels. Hike in took 1 hour. We had the Lookout during the smokey season so the views were limited but still spectacular. Hike to spring water was 1 hour round trip with Huckleberries to to eat during breaks. Going back up with heavy water in the packs, the steep trail wasn't that bad but plan to do it once!.

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Matthew Lindquist reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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Hiking
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We arrived at the trail head toward the end of the day and made our way up the trail. It's a steep climb in places, so we made slow progress. By the time we arrived at the lookout, dusk had fallen and the trail had become difficult to see. Thankfully, we arrived before it got too dark to continue. We had the lookout rented, so we were able to spend the next few nights there. The views were, as expected, fantastic. The lookout provides a good location to set out on day hikes along multiple trails.

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Channing Smith reviewed Mallard-Larkins Loop
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Hiking
First to Review

This trail was my first "real" backpacking trip, and was absolutely amazing! The forest was dense, the fly fishing was great, and the views were spectacular. If you have the chance to take this trip, by all means, do it! You will not regret your choice.

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Jared Kennedy reviewed Kyle Creek to Arid Peak
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