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1 month ago

Snowshoes across the res and then came back around the road

Easy for everyone, it is a path that has been paved. You loop around behind the springs and it is a short, great little walk. the cabin is worth the visit as well. No need to take supplies.

5 months ago

Mid October hike. Only saw one other person in the trail and he was headed back from fishing. A bit of snow melting off the trees from a recent light snow fall. The fish ladder is interesting to see at the trail head and the trail just follows the river below. Took our dogs. Lots of ducks, geese and great blue heron in the river.

7 months ago

Went on this trail with my dog, super awesome and very beautiful flowers along the way. Great exercise in the fresh air for both of us.

Scenic hike along the river with good opportunities to see wildlife.

Nice easy trail. The river is fairly calm this stretch, and the trail offers overlooks and a few areas of river access. I only saw one other person on the trail, but parts of it skirt around a campground so there was a lot of noise and generator smells for that section. The rest the hike was very pleasant and easy. Good for walking, running, or biking.

easy, flat trail in mostly shaded forest with beautiful wildflowers and river views.

Beautiful hike! The flowers and views are amazing. The lake is pretty lame, more of a large puddle. (And no fish). My Apple Watch said the lake is 5.3 miles back in there.

Used the trail to go trout fishing in the Box Canyon. The trail is a very beautiful trail and for parts of it follows the top of the canyon along the escarpment. Descending to the river can be tricky at times because of a steep inclines. It’s a beautiful stretch of river and a beautiful trail.

Don’t leave the trail without checking at the trail head where the Buffalo River joins the Henry’s Fork — there are two dams - one for The Buffalo and the Other for Henry’s Fork.

Beautiful walk. Easy, covered trail that runs by a lazy river that is trafficked by fisherman and river rafters. Two thirds in, there’s a waterfall across the river and a great spot to take a break and picnic. Bring bear spray and a camera. Gorgeous!

This trail is a lot of fun. Definitely not a trail that's all about the destination as there are parking lots basically at both ends. Well maintained. Beautiful vistas and space to think. I don't know how often this happens on a Sunday afternoon but I was the only soul on the entire trail. I loved it!

Pretty hike. Trail is longer than stated. The trail is also not marked with this name. It is marked with the name "Sawtelle Trail." Pretty views and even some fresh snow that fell last night! There was enough old snow for us to slide down.

9 months ago

A agree with the last review, this hike was very easy. The day we went was cool, 52°, and breezy. The forest cover kept the strong winds out but the wind did keep the mosquitos away. I would imagine this trail would be full of mosquitoes on a nice day with no breeze. The views of the river were beautiful and the waterfall was fun to see. A nice easy groomed covered hiking trail for sure.

This was a really beautiful hike, with tree cover for most of the trail. The river views were great as well. I was a little nervous because this hike is rated at a moderate difficulty, but it was actually very easy, with little or no altitude change.

10 months ago

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Gorgeous views of the river the whole way! Super easy flat trail. We were the only ones on it since it's mid September and just finished raining and was on the chilly side. Love the rock walls that line the river.... makes for some beautiful pictures!

bird watching
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Many large and small birds - grouse, hawks, etc. there are also many eagles nests in dead pines- Just gotta look up. When you get to the end where it over looks the falls, look left while sitting on the bench and the nest may still be there. Pretty flat land, nothing strenuous at all. After the bench, there's a trail that continues down towards the water.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Great hike

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pleasant hike although a bit longer than the 7.3 miles stated round trip. Especially if you want to view the lake - we turned back before viewing the lake stated in the description. Trail is easy to follow and has several ups and downs through beautiful flower meadows with mountains all around. Although says bear country we only saw a dear at a distance. Start early before other hikers arrive for a quiet hike. It is along CDT so expect others along the way. Great 4 hour hike in the area.

bird watching
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Scenic trail that parallels the Henry's Fork River. Observed lots of wildlife and bird species. Saw ospreys, Western Tanagers, ruffed grouse, Green Tailed Towhee, yellow warblers, mountain chickadees, northern flickers, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, Townsend's Solitaire, and even a Townsend's Warbler. Hiked to where we could see the waterfall, which is across the river. Great hike, beautiful woods and scenery, and not too much elevation change.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bugs weren't too bad, 7.8.17. Nice trail, make sure you get to the waterfall, nice bench to take in the view.

horseback riding
Saturday, July 01, 2017

beautiful place, easy ride, but so many mosquitos

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beautiful romp through the woods! Absolutely no snow on the trail as of 06/11

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Impassable as of 06/10, but gorgeous view from the trailhead! Would love to do when the weather improves.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Nice trail. Very easy walk along the N Fork of the Snake. The dam is at the confluence of the Buffalo River.

trail running
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Use GPS. The trail wasn't obvious. Even when you hit Summit lake trail it's still a little spotty. I took a bear bell and bear spray. Unfortunately I didn't run into any animals. The only place for water is Summit lake. The stream coming out was dried up.

5 months ago

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