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Have done this hike 3 times in the last two weeks. first 2 times we hiked in from th. however there is a mama bear and her 2 cubs up on the ridge entirely to close so we opt to drive the next time and only habe to hike in the .3 to lake. worth every sec. take bug spray. it's the worst. also. go across creek and go left. views are incrediable...

walking
12 days ago

Even though it was foggy and drizzling and there were a couple fallen logs we had to climb over, it was an amazing hike. In fact, go on a rainy day! When the trails are empty! The sun will come out once you get to the top.

Easy hike, beautiful view. Top is a little bit sketchy, but that's about it.

The view is so pretty.

The trail is a little narrow in spots but was a great hike and the view at the top was worth all the incline. make sure to bring lots of water and snacks, we brought our dog and he had a blast but remember that pets get tired, thirsty and hot just like us and sometimes sooner depending on their coat so be prepared.

drove over an hour to get out there, and two miles from the start of the hike, there was a gate across the road.

28 days ago

Large snow patches at 3.5 miles in.

Trail is open! Hiked it today and it was great.

it's been a few years since I have done a first half all incline hike. It was a challenge but that's because of the time I have spent away from the trails. right when I was ready to give up, I heard the group of people in front of me cheer with Glee. a few minutes later I joined the others at the ending reward and it was worth it. this trail would be considered moderate in my previous hiking all the time self. enjoy!

Great workout even though my group took it slow. The view point was worth it.

Beautiful! Small parking lot. Straight incline for the whole way up, but not too steep.

Love this hike will come back again soon steady elevation

Great hike! All the snow has melted and the view at the top is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Snow about 2 miles in or so. Past the meadow it got very deep and I was postholing my entire leg. Snow soft due to heat. I'd recommend getting there early for snow crossings. Snow shoes seemed useful. Microspikes helped until snow got deep. Might attempt again soon and just start in very early AM. Beautiful. Even if you don't make it, a great hike with beautiful views of Detroit Lake. I hiked 4/22/18.

hiking
2 months ago

what a great hike. Today (3/31/18) was cloudy but perfect. The trail is quite narrow but not over grown, with the exception of a couple of downed trees. There is pretty consistent elevation gain, especially at the top. we hit some snow and mud, I would recommend good hiking boots and a camera because the view is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views from the top. Minimal snow to cross near the end of the trail. Easy road to get to the trailhead.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this on 3/30, a little bit of snow left but very much passable. We wore boots and were glad as the snow is about ankle deep when it’s not compacted. Beautiful hike for a beautiful day!

hiking
2 months ago

3/29/18...two and a half miles with some good elevation gain. Snow near the top, about 1/8 mile worth but no difficulty walking. Good early season conditioning hike. Took us an hour and 40 minutes, a younger hiker behind us made it in an hour and 15. Limited parking, room for about six cars. Excellent view of Mt. Jefferson and eastern part of Detroit lake.

hiking
3 months ago

We went on this hike yesterday without checking the weather conditions. It was very snowy on the trail and got deeper as we went. What we could make of the trail was quite narrow, and at times it felt like we were walking along the edge of a cliff (side of the mountain). I used some of the deeper snow to help steady my footing (some reaching to my knees), but I still ended up slipping and falling far too many times to count. At least the snow is soft padding. The trail takes you through some rocky areas with snow run-off that are pleasant to look at. Like others said, the trail longer than noted, at least 5 miles round trip according to my phone. The final stretch to the top is very steep and I sort of had to climb in the snowy dirt and have my boyfriend push me up to the top. Once we got there, the view of the lake was beautiful. Walking back was slick, and unfortunately it started getting dark. There were narrow snow trenches we had to carefully walk through. I like to believe the hike would’ve been more enjoyable without the cold and snow. We did feel accomplished once we completed it though. I would recommend getting an early start and keeping snacks and warm clothing with you.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike is truly worth it! One of our favorites! We will definitely do again! Incredible views from the top!

This was a great hike! Definitely appropriately rated, not hard but not easy. It's a skinnier trail, but we'll maintained. there were a lot of down trees in one section, but crews appeared to have cut through them. Constant, but gradual elevation gain the whole way up. We went on a misty day, but we were still able to get a great view of the lake! Would love to do this hike again!

hiking
4 months ago

Steady climb but nothing too strenuous, worth the climb even on a cloudy day. Definitely will do it again when we can see the mountains!

The View was amazing once you got there. But it should definitely be rated as hard not moderate. Kicked all of our butts, had some of our party turn and go back.

hiking
5 months ago

It was an amazing hike! The trek up seemed never ending but totally worth every single step! The view was incredible!

Great day hike.

About kicked my but. Loved this hike. Plan to put it on my annual list. Not for the timid. A beautiful 360° view. Respect the beauty of the forest and leave no trace.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, love the single tracks. The view is beautiful and very much worth the effort.

Such a beautiful day. Very crisp and the sun even came out! Little to no snow with some cloud coverage.

Could see little pieces of Mt. Jefferson. Loved this hike!

Frosty but not slick. A sunny day in December, 28 degrees and barely any snow, only at that bend on the north slope. Amazing views from the summit. Detroit Lake is a stream, Mt. Jefferson is splendid with snow cover.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved hiking this trail today. It was quiet and well maintained. Fun to hike through some snow as well! It was a good workout and the view was totally worth it!

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