mountain biking
4 days ago

I rode this trail counter clockwise and I’m a beginner mountain biker. It was graded and easy to ride until the last section coming back, which was filled with roots and a few muddy spots. I should’ve probably gone up to the campground and parking area to finish the loop. Unless you want a technically difficult ride, I recommend sticking to the mountain bike trail which is not as close to the lake as the hiking trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Bring mosquito repellent !! Family friendly, great place for a walk and picnic after

hiking
6 days ago

Easy hike but bring bug spray !!! Fantastic hike along the pack river

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

backpacking
bugs
off trail
11 days ago

We hiked in from above so not by the trail at all but I wanted to review cause the mosquitos were absolutely awful!!! We spent about thirty minutes at trapper then hiked back out and found another spot. Only got like forty or fifty bites on each of us over that time, even with bug spray lol. Give it a couple of weeks and it should be a whole lot better

backpacking
13 days ago

This was our hike back from campsite 4.7. Sprinkled a little and saw several other hikers and runners today. The trail had some side overgrowth, but otherwise was well maintained. A few fallen trees need to be cleared, but nothing you can go over or under.

backpacking
13 days ago

The trail was great, despite multiple campsites being taken. Some of the up and down is hard with a heavy pack. Once you pass the first two campsites, it’s like another three miles to the next, so when we came upon Campsite 4.7 unoccupied at around 6pm, we were relieved. The campsite was very nice, on a peninsula with great views of the reservoir and surrounding forests. A rattlesnake came to check out our fire, and then slowly turned around and slithered away. We had been up in the general area grabbing sticks for the fire moments before - watch out for snakes!

hiking
bugs
fee
14 days ago

We did this June 18, 2020, with kids and everyone enjoyed it. Parts were VERY muddy. A wonderful variety of plants and views. Almost the entire trail has good shade so this would be great in warmer weather. Mosquitoes definitely present but not as bad as I expected, considering it rained last night. NOTE-- OBSERVED STINGING NETTLE right by the bridge toward the eastern side of the lake.

had a great hike with kids (agred 6&8). some trees have come down but trail in good shape now and lots of interpretive signs. saw various ospreys, eagles etc. took is about 90 mins with kids. muddy in places given recent rain.

I think it is a hard hike because of the mud.

backpacking
1 month ago

The Big Eddy Trail is a 9-1/8 mile trek each direction, if treated as a loop there and back again the full hike is 18-1/4 miles and is notably intensive featuring two heavy elevation climbs with one at the trail head and one within 3 miles of completion of the trek. For backpackers there are four "mini" campsites along the trail that are well worth visiting with great peninsula views, I do not recommend backpacking into Freeman Creek Campground unless you plan on camping on the beach or have made arrangements at the Freeman Creek Campground/boat launch which is highly trafficked. This can be treated as a through hike if a vehicle is left on the far end at Freeman Creek Campground/boat launch. Our group found campsite 4 (noted on the trail head marker as 5.0) particularly pleasant with plenty of trees for hammocks, a fire ring, a picnic table, vault toilet and access to the lake via short scramble. For day hiking this can make a full if strenuous experience with views of the water and occasional streams with wood bridge crossings. Be aware that rattlesnakes are quite prolific in the area and enjoy sunning themselves on the trail itself. No matter the activity I recommend familiarizing yourself with the trail head sign (uploaded in pictures section). There is little/no cell reception at either end of the trail depending on your carrier.

on Round Lake Trail

hiking
blowdown
bugs
1 month ago

We had a enjoyable time. This is an easy hike. There are lots of bugs. Some of the trees are down due to an ice storm.

Trail around the artificial Spring Vallry Reservoir. Many fishers and campers around. Trail quite muddy after heavy rains this week — no way to get through without some mud on your shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice and easy trail to get away from the crowd. Muddy in some areas in spring, and lots of mosquitoes in summer. Great fishing access, too

It was really muddy.

Nice spot but can be crowded and attract the kind of people that play loud music, etc. I should try it sometime when it's not a weekend. Pleasant place to kayak too though not very big.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail. All downed trees were cleared. It was muddy in places and a little tricky on the far side of the lake. We took the longer route and went 2.7 miles. The mosquitoes were bad.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Saw a marmot, and a moose. Lots of birds. A bit muddy in spots.

hiking
1 month ago

It was such a nice trail with beautiful flowing water and breeze! We enjoyed the disc golf course on trail too! It was nice to enjoy an unplanned picnic on trail thanks to Enrique’s Mexican Restaurant being right off path! A perfect Mother’s Day afternoon.

running
1 month ago

Great trail run, some downed trees and over growth, but overall a really great trail!

hiking
1 month ago

We took the Stewardship Trail which adds another .8 miles. A little blowdown and mud but easy to navigate around. Clean. No dog poop.

1 month ago

Pleasant surprised by how well maintained this trail is, other than massive amounts of dog poop, even though there are trash cans and poop bags along the trail . It was great for young children and really pretty. There are quite a few off shoots of trails through the woods so, we wandered and didn't make it all the way around, maybe next time.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my go-to hikes. I take kids, dogs, family, friends, whoever I can drag along! It is a beautiful, easy hike. I like that you see water practically the whole way. It goes all the way around the lake. There are nice bridges across the inlet & outlet creeks. You can also go farther on other trails through the woods, your choice. You can see bald eagles, blue herons, ducks, moose, deer, etc. The frogs are amazing, although 2 years ago something wiped them ALL out! The lake is nice to kayak on, especially in a full moon, and the campground is nice. There is a muddy area in early spring on the southeast side, but it goes away as soon as it warms up. They maintain the trail very well. There are also very good interpretive signs along the way. They are building a brand-new picnic shelter right now. Good area for winter sports, too. Can mt bike the long trails. Trails are well marked.

backpacking
off trail
snow
1 month ago

Hiked in to Trapper Creek a couple of nights ago and had one of the best campsites of my life with amazing views and amenities (bear box, beach, fire ring, and picnic table). I do have to concur with Steve B. below in that this trail might not be suitable for everyone at this time due to the river crossing. I didn't worry too much about his post because I assumed the crossing would be further along the trail and we could find a campsite before. However, the river crossing is a only a mile in, and it is a doozy. If you do wish to proceed with this trail, please read his experience and mine below. The trail looks to cross the river with no bridge or anything of the sort. It is probably at least waist deep, and flowing dangerously fast right now. My buddy and I hiked upriver a few hundred feet and found a decent log to cross on. I do NOT recommend using this log. The first half had good hand holds on the downriver side to keep your balance, but the second half does not and this end of the log isn't completely grounded, so there is some movement. My friend made it across no problem, but I carried my dog across and found myself losing my balance about 8 feet from the far edge of the river. Just as I was about to throw my corgi to my friend, I was able to run it out. This crossing weighed heavily on our minds through the night and the next morning, and made our hike back seem like sort of a death march. On the way back, we decided to venture downriver from the trail as we could see a log jam on the GPS. I assume this is where Steve B. attempted to cross. We tried a few different options but found that many of the logs were simply floating and some had some pretty pokey bushes on them that made attempting to use them undesirable. We finally hopped across a small tributary to the roots of the largest downed tree; the one most downriver. This one was wide and stable enough to walk across, until you come to the point where another log lies atop it. My friend was able to continue on his feet, using the smaller log as a handhold. I simply scooted across the smaller long with the corgi in hand.

great hike! perfect for all ages. the trail is NOT closed, so you can walk all the way around the lake. :) was great scenery along with sight seeing the bald eagles and deer.

hiking
2 months ago

We went a little early in the season so there were definitely some snow snowy parts, but even the kids loved it! Gorgeous views

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