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Very nice scenic hike. Easy. My 3 boys loved it.

Very nice hike for our family of 5. Easy trail along the creek and beautiful views.

beautiful hike little muddy and snowy but amazing

hiking
8 months ago

went labor day weekend. beautiful views, limited flowers left. would be an easy trail for kids and a nice bike trail. didn't see any animals but the path runs along the creek most of the way. no one mentions the road going into the trailhead. It was a little rough. we took the RV and cautiously made our way. there are a few boondocking sites along the way and there is a turn around at the trailhead. If you are staying at Henry's Lake it is a nice little hike not far from the campgeound.

great easy walk with good views. spend the time to see the creek up close. it is so clear and cold.

Beautiful day, moderate temp. Still a few flowers. Great family trail.

Great for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

We loved this hike. We did it with a 2.5 and 4.5 year old and two adults in their mid 70s. It was beautiful and the right level of difficulty (easy). We hiked about 1 mile in. The kids played in the creek. We didn't see any wild life but brought bear spray as we had read someone had just seen bears. We did see a wolf or large cat track in some wet mud. Would do this hike again just for the potential to see wild life.

We saw two young wolves who were frolicking around at about the 1 mile mark. No bear or moose however but seeing wolves in their natural environment was rewarding. An easy trail, no incline but I would recommend bear spray and a companion as the terrain is perfect for bear activity.

walking
10 months ago

Very easy stroll with beautiful views of mountains and so many wildflowers and meadows along the way.

hiking
10 months ago

We saw a fresh bear track about a quarter of a mile in (see pic I uploaded) and about 1.5 miles in we came across three bear cubs frolicking beside the trail--one of which was blond (see pic). We didn't see the momma bear so we deftly made our way back to the trailhead. We also saw another single bear about half a mile north of the trailhead on 191. So, yeah, a great trail: but grab a can of bear spray and don't do it alone.

hiking
10 months ago

Perfect hike. Wild flowers were prime, foot traffic (for a holiday) was minimal. Not too strenuous so you can enjoy the scenery. I'd do it again without hesitation.

Hiked half way up... Snow is hit and miss buy waist deep around mile 5.

backpacking
Friday, May 12, 2017

We backpacked this trail in August and stayed 2 nights at Shelf Lake. The first 6 miles are fairly easy with gradual elevation gain through mostly pine forest with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. Beautiful meadow at around 4 miles where you cross the creek, great place for lunch and a break. The last 2 miles are strenuous as you climb almost straight up to Shelf Lake. The trail becomes more difficult with rocks and tree roots. Shelf Lake is a wonderful, secluded camping spot. Take the short hike up to the Sky Rim Trail above the lake for spectacular 360 views.

backpacking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Did this in mid-September 2016. An awesome moderate hike with stunning campsites & views one you get up to the basin. A great overnight, and would be awesome to spend an extra night doing day hikes out of the basin. We did, however, get a few inches of snow overnight--not that surprising at that time of year.

trail running
Sunday, September 04, 2016

The trail is a little skinny most of the distance but not a big deal. This is a beautiful trail the whole way. Not sure how a past review of this thought trail was boring and all they saw was the creek. Look around as you hike, it's great. Saw three or four hawks in the first mile too.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful!

mountain biking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

We had a nice warm day today and was able to get up nearly 5 miles on mountain bikes. The first 3-4 miles are not too steep. Once you cross the creek the trail gets very steep. We had to walk the bikes up for nearly a mile. In that mile the trail climbs up about 700 ft. The views are pretty great. It took us about 2 hours to get up 5 miles, and about an hour to get down.

hiking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

We enjoyed this trail. We took our 3 young boys ages 3-8 and were able to go up about 2.5 miles without any problems. The trail is pretty easy. The scenery is good and the trail feels pretty secluded. The trail follows the creek most of the way, however the trail was usually about 100 yards or more away from the creek on the small section we hiked. We didn't see any wildlife.

We didn't see many other people on the trail today but we did see some mountain bikers. I'll be coming back with my bike later this summer.

hiking
Thursday, October 09, 2014

We hiked about 8.5 miles of this trail. 4+ out and 4+ back. Trail was easy to moderate and was becoming more strenuous around the 5th mile. The scenery was nice, not much to see except the Creek. I probably wouldn't hike it again.

hiking
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Had to turn back on account of the rain.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Did this in mid June. camped at Craig lake and snowboarded echo peak.. still lots of snow at the time

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We did it in mid June and there was lots of snow left.. lots. We camped at Craig lake and skied/snowboarded Echo peak. Amazing, place check it out.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

done in the winter as ski trip . quite peaceful.

hiking
Sunday, July 07, 2013

Great trail. We only went about half way before we were chased out by lightning and rain. The trail is easy to see and not too steep. My kids loved it. We stopped and fished along the way and tried to outsmart some brook trout. Lots of fun and scenery.

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