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fee
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Nice fall hike. Gorgeous views from the top. Well worth the climb. Trail basically breaks down into five parts. First the approach. The actual trail head is across from the Dune campground. From there the trail climbs at a moderate slope through sagebrush. Next is the lower assent. This section of the trail begins with a scramble up a section of loose cobble size bassalt rocks. At the top of the scramble is a steep hard rock segment. There are plenty good footholds and it's not so steep as to require real climbing. Once through the hard rock, the trail opens up onto the middle assent section. The trail again climbs at a moderate slope through the sagebrush. The upper section of the assent is similar to the lower section with a loose rock scramble followed by another hard rock segment. After passing out of the upper assent the trail opens up onto the top area. The main branch heads off to the right and follows the rim around to the north end, the loops back to the assent trail.

Beautiful hike and beautiful views! Although, my husband and I are pretty experienced hikers/backpackers and thought this trail was pretty steep to be rated moderate. Lots of loose rocks that make coming down a bit harder compared to other trails. Also, be careful with dogs on this trail. Due to the loose rock, our dog scraped his paws quite a bit coming down.

hiking
2 months ago

okay the view from the top is amazing however I would rate this as hard because it is straight up on loose rock. I'm fine with going up but slipped several times coming down. Hiking boots and poles would be helpful.

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rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

Wow! What a beautiful trail to explore. Early start and the sun rays off the basalt columns and cliffs were gorgeous. Be sure to plan some extra time to explore the loops on top. You won’t be disappointed. The first 1/2 - 3/4mi is nice and flat, great warmup. Then there’s a pretty steep climb up the middle canyon through rock talus and dirt that will test your balance. After that, you can turn left to the true summit of steamboat Rock or turn right and go explore the north end overlooks. Be careful on your return, the steep slope is loose. Pick your steps carefully. Bonus Points: finish your hike with a swim in Banks Lake. Enjoy! Highly Highly Recommended!

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bugs
no shade
4 months ago

Not to much shade and mosquitos are assholes at this place that’s why 3stars but it’s still a cool place to explore

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bugs
rocky
4 months ago

The canyon is beautiful and the homestead is really neat but I got attacked by mosquitoes even with bug spray on which made the hike kind of unpleasant. I was jogging back to my car. Wear appropriate big repelling clothing if you go.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

View at the top is spectacular truly. But the way up is very steep and technically challenging in places with slippery scrambles.

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no shade
rocky
5 months ago

Very steep and unstable rocky area in one part, but after the first initial climb, it’s flat on top and very easily explorable. Would not recommend for a summer hike as the area is desert-like. We went late spring and it was beautiful! Earlier probably would have been better. We met other hikers who encountered a rattlesnake earlier in the day, but we did not see any. The views are well worth the effort, I would definitely go again.

10 months ago

This trail is badass! Mind you, I went off the beaten path a bit, I got my eye set on a huge Butte that over looked the lake, so I found a way up and my dog followed. Sat enjoyed my lunch and enjoyed the stunning view and great weather for this time of year. :) My only downfall, was as I was sitting beside the one tree on top of this rock, I quickly was greeted by the largest hawk I have ever seen! So hiker beware... it's nesting season and Hawks are very territorial

Very pretty hike. Short distance with nice pay off. The initial incline might be difficult for some because it is comprised of loose rock and is steep. Coming down is actually a bit more challenging as you get sliding if you're not careful. The top is nice and flat and provides some nice views. Bring a sandwich!

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Fri Sep 21 2018

My husband and I did this hike to see the Northrup homestead. Shortly after starting the hike we encountered a fork. The right fork is an old wagon road which is closed to accommodate nesting eagles for several months a year starting in November. The left fork looked to be the easier. The trail is generally exposed although at times we walked through cool forest. There are several stands of aspen on this trail. Perhaps 1/3 mile in, there is a muddy area about 15-20 feet that we slogged through. We could hear Northrup Creek to our left and eventually came to a bridge crossing the creek. Also at this point, we began to see meadows. Shortly after crossing the bridge, the trail was routed to the tail of the rock falls from the cliffs above. This made for unsteady footing but we manage to stay upright for the duration. As we walked along the edge of rock falls, the meadows opened up and were lovely. We arrived at the homestead which was our goal. Having read the Northrup family history, we both wanted to see their homestead and try to understand how they came to this barren part of the state and chose this site between the cliffs created by the Glacial Lake Missoula mega-flood. There is a house that is obviously of a later date than the settling of the homestead, so I'm guessing the original farmhouse is gone. There was what appeared to be a chicken house, an outbuilding that appeared to be a work building, and an outbuilding that was dilapidated. Behind the house, there was a tilting structure that we determined must have been a grain silo. Also behind the house is an old fence with a sad little bird house which was missing its roof. An apple tree still stands next to the house and had one lonely apple left on it. As we looked out over the meadows, we understood why they settled here. The creek was a water source for the meadows which produced fruits, vegetables, and flowers, which they carried to market. The views every step of this hike are simply spectacular! If you want to continue to Northrup Lake, the trail continues past the chicken house and the lake is a little over a mile further. I highly recommend this hike.

it's a road but great for preschoolers!

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Mon Jul 23 2018

April 2018 My pup and I hiked seven miles to find the perfect spot for a little Ponderosa Pine to start its new life in Northrup Canyon. As an Earth Day tradition we’ll come visit it every year and plant it a new friend to keep it company. The trail was hot even in April and it was my first encounter with a Rattle Snake. In fact we saw a gopher snake and water snake as well on our hike that day. Keep in mind it is only 3 miles to the homestead and back. If you want to see the lake you'll have to add on another four all together for seven miles total round trip.

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Mon Jul 23 2018

Completed this one winter 2017. Even with a foot of snow it was manageable for me and my little pup. The views from the top of iced over Banks Lake made any struggle we had well worth it. The deer kept us company the whole hike as well.

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Tue Jun 26 2018

Incredibly beautiful area! Most of your elevation gain is done in one spurt, which allows you to catch your breath for the rest of your adventure. I ran across three rattlesnakes in my short time at the top so please be mindful of your surroundings. I'd recommend starting early that way you have plenty of time to explore - there's certainly no shortage of places to go around here!

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Wed May 30 2018

...there is a short , steep section of lose rock to begin the climb that will deter some walkers .... but after that relatively easy walking with so much to explore atop Steamboat Rock..... surrounded by stunning views on all sides , plus the rush of inching along the vertical cliffs , this hike is a cant miss ....

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Fri May 25 2018

Very easy hike, lots of rocks but the incline is short and once your up there it is flat. The view is nice from the top and the hike is fairly short. It isn't a day trip but lucky for you you can do northrup canyon just a few miles down the road too.

Fairly easy hike with incredible views. Would recommend checking it out if you're in the area. Climbing the scree slope at the beginning was the most difficult aspect of the hike, but perfectly manageable for most people even kids. Just be sure to have a good pair of supportive hiking boots as you can easily twist your ankle with the shifting rocks and especially if the rock faces are a little wet.

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Sat Feb 03 2018

nice hike, 2 dogs and my 6 year old brother.

Wed Oct 04 2017

end of September nice hike with my dogs but returned to a bee covered car ...yikes!

Thu Aug 24 2017

Who would have thought that Grant County has trees. Nice little secluded canyon with a lake at the very end of the trail. Lots of Gardner snakes at the lake. Saw a number of Bull snakes on the trail, but no rattle snakes, but I'm sure they have them in that area. Before reaching the little homestead there's nice creeks with small falls. Good easy hike until you reach the homestead. More hills and loose gravel at places on the last 2 miles before reaching the lake. The homestead is a good place to pinic.

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