Nice trail with minimal route finding. Cross the river to grizzly peak was a bit difficult but doable with some time. The incline to grizzly peak is quite gradual. Time recorded includes all of our break for photos and such.

Found an iPhone up there. Hit me on the gram if it’s yours. cmnutini

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
snow
4 days ago

Review from Friday 5/29/2020, high temps got to around 85. Fabulous views everywhere! Simply breathtaking. Ended up spending about 10 hours in the area exploring around. Here's the overview: Road to Trailhead: All clear from 22 up to the trailhead. No snow, road is in great shape. Trailhead: Recently maintained, huge blowdown was removed, restroom is closed and locked due to COVID-19 Trailhead to Pamelia Lake: Nice easy hike, except for the blowdowns, and there are a lot of them. Probably 10-20, some of which are difficult to cross and require navigating around. Nothing too terrible though and the trail is still easy to follow. One little creek crossing that would get your shoes wet if you don't have proper footwear. Pamelia Lake: Seems quite full, I ended up wrapping around about half the shore line and went down Hunt's Creek Trail a ways looking for a swimming spot, and found a great one! Definitely brisk, but so beautiful and a great little dip to cool off. Pamelia Lake to Grizzly Peak: As expected, this was the most challenging part of the hike. From the very start, just a few hundred yards down the trail from the Pamelia Lake/Grizzly Peak trail junction, the trail is completely flooded out by the lake for about a 100 yard stretch. I couldn't find a path through, I went around to the left and bushwacked on the way up, and through the other side on the way down. It's navigable but you will get very friendly with some trees in the process. After that, the trail climbs pretty gently, there aren't many blowdowns but the 2-3 I came across are big, and require navigating around them on a pretty steep slope. Waterfall crossing is gorgeous but again you'll get your feet pretty wet if you aren't wearing the proper shoes. Snow pack starts about 1.5 miles from the peak, around 4600' elevation. First 1/2 mile of snow is pretty easy, and the trail is still evident. It's very hard packed and I did just fine with hiking poles only, no microspikes. One creek crossing where the snow is starting to melt out from below so it's easy to bust through and wonder for a moment where half of your leg went if you aren't careful. The last mile is absolutely the most challenging. Snowpack becomes 3-5 feet thick in places. Still very hard packed so walking on it is easy, but it's so thick and pervasive that for about the last 1/2 mile of the trail, I lost the trail several times and ended up just scrambling to the top of the peak because I couldn't find it again. It was easier to follow on the way down, but I used my GPS several times to keep me on track. Honestly the best views of Jefferson aren't at the peak, they are in a few spots about 3/4 up the trail as you are following the ridge line. Keep an eye out and you'll see them. Overall fantastic hike, definitely recommend!!

About 5 fallen tress on NF-1168 at the moment, so we ended up turning back and will try again later.

Easy trail, and beautiful waterfall. The access to the waterfall is difficult to find but look for the pink ribbon tied on 2 trees and a log with an arrow carved onto it.

So, so beautiful. We did two nights over Memorial Day weekend (5/23-5/25). There was a significant blow down early on the trail, but the ranger had just come through and marked the route. Just be sure to have the map downloaded so you’re able to find the trail if you get lost. We went left at the junction toward the lake. The first night we camped at Marion Lake. We found a pretty little spot down below the trail and watched the sun light up Three Fingered Jack while we ate dinner. The next day we hiked on towards Bowerman Lake trail to Little Bowerman Lake. There was snow at basically exactly 5000 feet that was really deep. We were postholing all over the place. To get to Little Bowerman we had to hike through a burned forest and lots of blow downs. It was pretty fun though, kind of like an obstacle course. We camped on a little hill right above Little Bowerman Lake with epic views of Jefferson and Three Fingered Jack. It was absolutely amazing. Loved this trail and can’t wait to come back!

backpacking
7 days ago

Lots of fallen trees but is passable. The trail says closed but it's not at least when we were there. We didn't get a permit because it wouldn't let us online due to Covid. Not sure if that means it's free game or what but we didn't get a ticket. Beautiful lake view. If you hike up towards the PCT trail you can get a good view of Jefferson.

hiking
blowdown
8 days ago

Hiked in Friday May 22 and out Sunday May 24. Get your permit before you go at recreation.gov Easy trail to navigate. Some snow on the way in - it was gone by Sunday. Rained a bit and pretty cold on Friday but then the front blew through and it was gorgeous. Some blow down on the way in. Some was removed by Sunday by a Good Samaritan we think. Some. The smaller ones. Day hiked as far as we could to the next lakes but ran into big blowdowns and snow. Ate lunch in the snowfield before the creek crossing and we all got a nice tan!! Don’t expect to sleep much as we think the geese are in mating season or something. Also we counted 7 mosquitoes so... they are on the way.

hiking
8 days ago

This is a great trail that leads you to Duffy Lake. Hiking on Memorial Day 2020, we did run into quite a lot of snow, which is pretty deep as you get closer to the lake. It was pretty easy to lose the trail, but judging by the amount of foot prints in the snow, we weren't the only ones who got a little bit off trail. When the trail gets really close to the creek, keep an eye out for the logs you need to get across it.

backpacking
blowdown
over grown
8 days ago

Did this trail on 5/8-5/10, 2020. I was really excited to see that the trail was open in the midst of the Covid pandemic! A fairly easy hike to the lake interrupted by a few gnarly blown-down tangles and some splotchy snow patches...no biggie... Once I arrived at the lake, I found that most of the established campsites were destroyed by blown-down or "roped-off" for rejuvenation, (some string on the ground and heavily weathered, laminated paper signs were kind of easy to miss). I eventually was able to find a decent site about 120' off of the lake, up the hill a bit. I think that Site 11 used to be close to it, but it was kind of hard to tell... Someone had built a small stone firepit at the site, so I took advantage of the massive amount of blown-down and was able to have a small but comfy fire every evening with relatively little effort. A wonderful 3 day, 2 night trip. Daytime temps in the 70s and it only dipped into the low 50s/high 40s at night; perfect May conditions in the Cascades! This was the site of my first backpacking trip, almost 35 years ago. It is every bit as serene and beautiful as I remember it. Highly recommended for beginners or those looking to get their kids excited about backpacking. The fishing on the lake is pretty good in the summer too :-)

on Duffy Lake Trail

hiking
snow
8 days ago

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Some trees are still blocking this trail, but manageable. Beware if you take the Grizzley trail in hopes of getting better views of Mt. Jefferson. There is a water crossing to start out, but you can find your way around on rocks if you’re careful. Also, snow covers the trail after the switchbacks that start back east making it tough going without snowshoes.

5/23/2020 ** NF-1168 trees have been cut and removed from roadway so you can drive up. Got aways up the road went thru some snow got to a point in the road where to much snow to continue by ourselves. Will wait a few kore weeks and go back. Scenery still beautiful though!

hiking
9 days ago

Didn’t go all the way up. Just to the junction. Was starting to get into snow. Just happy to get out. First part of the trail had a lot of downed trees.

hiking
snow
washed out
10 days ago

They just re-opened and went for this hike. The start at Pamelia Lake was flooded, but can get around it with some effort. The hike itself is a climb, but fun and fairly straight forward. We encountered a couple people on their way back down the trail. But no crowds and easy to maintain distance. There was still a bit of snow near the top but reasonable to trudge through without snow shoes.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
11 days ago

Loved the adventure and the challenge to get to the waterfalls. It was hard to keep track of the trail due to some many trees on the ground , thanks goodness for this app that kept telling me when I was off the trail. Also there are no real signs to tell you where the waterfalls are at so again have a good map . Definitely worth the drive and the adventure .

hiking
blowdown
bugs
snow
16 days ago

amazing trail. difficult to keep track of the trail in some parts because of blown down trees, but still so worth it. lots of bugs coming out so bring your bug spray!!

We got to the trailhead around 9AM on 5/16/2020 and there were two other cars parked. The road to the TH was in good shape and downed trees had been cut/removed enough for a car to pass. We hiked clockwise-taking a left at the first split. The first 1.5/2 miles of the trail are in rough shape with SO many downed trees right now (not surprising considering the time of year and the COVID shut down). Many of these trees are quite large and require you maneuver under or over them which is difficult with a backpacking pack on. We are in our 20s in great shape and we were still getting pretty tired of the tree traversing. We reevaluated at about 3 miles and considered turning around, but kept going. Miles 3-6 weren't nearly as bad with the trees, and for the most part through the burned regions the trail was well kept and easy to find. There were periodic patches of snow in lower elevations but the snowy regions started getting deeper/more consistent around 4800 feet. We were aiming to get to Jorn Lake to camp and finish the loop the next day, but ended up turning around at about 7 miles. We kept losing the trail under the snow/fallen trees/debris and weren't entirely comfortable with the snow crossings that would lay ahead after Jorn Lake. We camped at a small lake about a half mile back and had a great site with awesome views of Jefferson. We didn't see any tracks or signs of anyone else beyond the Marion Lake day use area on either of the days we were there-awesome solitude! Overall probably a little early in the season for the loop, it's getting close though, and the downed-tree situation is a challenge. Great views though and nice variety of scenery. I'm sure it'll be better later in the season!

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