First 3/4 of the trail was in good shape the last 1/4 was a bit muddy and the growth hasn't come back much - perhaps in another few weeks it will be a lot greener. Still a great hike and lots of wildflowers. As others noted its closer to 9 miles if you go to the very top. Was close to 4 hours total.

hiking
muddy
over grown
snow
16 days ago

alll the way to the top is more like 9 miles round trip. you can make it longer or shorter. nice hike, very steep for the first couple miles.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
17 days ago

Hidden gem. It took about 3 hours total because we stopped at the top to re-fuel. pretty steep in most areas, but the mountainside views the entire way made it worthwhile.

Beautiful hike. There were two or three downed trees you need to climb over but nothing major. Saw tons of butterflies, good hike.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

I didn't finish the trail today due to the snow. I was maybe a quarter mile to finish, but had no gas in the tank. I was sinking into the snow at times. traction shoes are a must right now and I would wear something to keep snow out at ankle level at a minimum. there are a few downed trees blocking the trail at the start. it is also icy and slushy at the bottom. overall it's a difficult trail because the footing can be tough to particularly coming down.

hiking
no shade
rocky
8 months ago

This trail was decent. Hard to do with children under 5. My baby decided she wanted to eat and it was hard to find a good spot along the trail. My 3 year old kept falling on rocks. luckily she was holding her uncle's hand ,which kept her from getting hurt. Had to be carried most of the way. Nice but hard with kids. our group only made one mile up the trail. which had a very inclined part of the trail.

the trail head is next to impossible to find. I have driven that road countless times, didn't even know trail was there. I think FS purposely doesn't have road marker due to EXTREME importance of keeping people out of WW drinking watershed. if you set foot on south side of trail you can be FINED. they have trail camaras and full time Ranger patrolling skyline drive looking for watershed violations. Trust Me

hiking
over grown
rocky
8 months ago

Not EASY. Recommend hiking boots and trekking poles. Overgrown, in some spots. Other spots are really narrow, along with a steep enough slope to where if you were to slip, it would be a rough tumble. There are a few spots with a steep enough slope, mixed with some rocks, that could cause a decent tumble as well. we ran out of time. Takes about 80+ minutes to get up to the trail head. We were unable to make it out to the crash site, I'm really out of hiking shape and we expect the hike to be a lot easier. Other than that, beautiful hike. Fantastic views.

hiking
8 months ago

I really liked this trail! For us not super in shape people, it was perfect! However, 2 things I wasn't a super fan of. 1 - finding the trailhead isn't super easy, however, if you stay on the gravel road once the GPS says you've reached your destination, and follow it all the way until the end (about 1.5 miles) you'll find it. 2 - just the length of drive and the one way gravel roads. Granted, i did go during archery season, so that probably have effected the amount of traffic. Overall, it was a great hike! nice workout, but not overly strenuous, great scenery, lots of shade, and a great escape from the real world.

hiking
no shade
over grown
8 months ago

Pretty good hike. Didn't make it to the end. The trail is pretty overgrown. The road leading to it is rough. Not for the average street car. Drive something that can deal with Rick's and big potholes in the dirt road.

hiking
9 months ago

I would rate this on the easier side. It is a well beaten path. The views at the top are amazing. My friends and I were the only people on the trail. However, the trail head was difficult to find as it is not where the gps says it is. It is further up a long dirt road and has a large parking lot. The view from the parking lot is also beautiful

Description falls very short of explaining where the trailhead is located. Map shows trailhead which falls right into the road, however there is no parking. Just before the trailhead shown here is a rough road to the right which climbs up to a rustic camp site, if you don't have the vehicle to navigate this rough track, just park to the side here off the road. Hike up this short road and veer to the south, which is left and you will pick up the trail. Easy trail, many places overgrown, lots of huckle or mtn blueberries aloing the way. Look for a tree stump that has a carved pointed top off the trail to your right as a bearing to drop down a steep hillside to locate plane parts, there were signs of people having bush whacked parts of a trail. It was overgrown, but we did find one of the four engines and part of a wing. This was a B-17 Flying Fortress that had 10 crewmen whom all perished in 1943 February snow. Did walk trail to the point with a very nice view, but it then turned south to only to go down a steep path, not knowing what was down there, we turned around.

awesome beautiful hike took a while to find the trail entrance tho

Never found the trailhead... although GPS said we were there. I'd try it again now that I have AllTrails installed.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Nice challenging trail. We had the trail to ourselves. The mileage is wrong. Other sites say 8 miles or 9 miles. We cut it at 6 miles 2,000 gain since we were not prepared to be out in the heat so long. Will definitely go back and start earlier to finish it someday. Bring lots of water. Most of the trail is exposed. Watch out for ticks on the overgrown sections.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

This road was gravel for the first 30 miles then turned more into a dirt road, which was great to hike on. We ended up going from Kendall monument near Dayton to Jubilee Lake which was about 46 miles. There was some snow on the sides of the road near table rock but it was easily passable. There was a ranger at the fire lookout on Table Rock who was very nice. There are plenty of springs along the way to feet water.

backpacking
11 months ago

*Note: We were doing the Oregon Butte grand loop but ended up spending most of the time on Panjab. I highly recommend this trail to anyone that wants a moderate difficulty backpacking experience. We started in the panjab side of the trail and halfway to the lookout there is some really good camping spots. Near to the lookout there is also an 'emergency' spring water source. There is also a few camp spots right before the lookout. We will definitely do this again, we did not do the full loop this time. Highly recommend!

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
11 months ago

The first 2 miles of the trip are straight uphill; the trail is overgrown in places and currently has a healthy tick population. Once you finally break through the brush, the landscape is quite beautiful with meadows of flowers and tons of chipmunks and marmots running around. The beginning of the trail in misleading, the trailhead has you walk through campsites and cross a river, there is no easy way to cross the river without getting wet and the rocks are slippery. If you are not camping, I would drive past the trailhead till you reach the first significant opening in the road, to the left there should be a sign to a campground where you have to pay $8 a day to camp, right in there is where you cross the river to get to the trail.

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