Explore the most popular hiking trails near Metaline Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful trail.

Why is everybody calling this trail 7.7 miles. Its 5.2 miles to the junction of trail #522 and #507! Since this is where #533 ends, its a 10.4 round trip.

hiking
8 months ago

Closed until further notice due to Noisy Creek fire.

Fun hike, great views of the lake....not sure how the fire is going to effect the views and hike...please let us know if your hiking this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trip!!

backpacking
10 months ago

Beautiful area. Wildfires were a bit close for comfort by Shedroof mountain. Heck of an overnight hike, but well worth it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

We did this hike over two nights. It was a challenge at times but the views were amazing. The youngest in are group was 8 years old . it was a little slow going for him but he made it! Would do it again.

camping
Sunday, October 04, 2015

Great hike, somewhat challenging on the way up. Bring a bear bell! There's tons of elk & black bear tracks although I didn't actually see any large game. Gets a little cold (October) in the campsites by the river, so dress warm! Very wooded so the views are limited, but if you're looking for a beautiful walk thru the woods, this trail is awesome.

hiking
Friday, April 10, 2015

Okay, first of all, this trail has a bridge out in a swamp about halfway up. It is passable in more dry weather but could be impassable in rainy weather. The elevation change is 2300!!!! feet. Although many sections are not particularly steep, some are. There are no real views until you reach Crowell Ridge and then what are you going to do? Turn around and walk back 11 miles. I recommend this for going partway up and getting a good workout. Then coming back down without seeing many views. That is what we use if for in the spring for training.

hiking
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sullivan Lake is my favorite place to camp in this area. Last summer we finally did this hike. Great easy hike. Absolutely gorgeous! We had three dogs with us, who loved this hike just as much as us. Will definitely hike again!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As always the Salmo Loop was great!

hiking
Monday, June 02, 2014

I've done Sullivan loop several times love it!

camping
Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is one of my trails I have done every year since i was a Kid. It never gets old love this place!

hiking
Sunday, May 04, 2014

This is an absolutely gorgeous hike.

Take the COUNTER-CLOCKWISE trail if you plan on doing the full loop. If you don't, you'll have one ugly uphill hike at the end of the trail. I/we know this for a fact. While trail guides list this as moderate with "gradual slopes", it's much more than that when you're dog tired and face that mountain going uphill gaining altitude.

Water in the river was plentiful. Even thought we trusted the source, filtering is still the best option.

There are a handful of riverside campsites. They are all first-come-first served. Even so, while we were there we encountered only one other hiker during our four day trek.

hiking
Thursday, November 21, 2013

If your goal is to get a lot of exercise, this is the trail for you. Lots of steep uphill, however not many views. The only view is about a mile up the trail. There is really cool fen partway up the trail if you like rare plants. You can loop this trail with two other ones and come out on the Red Bluff trail for about an 11 mile one way trip. You just need two cars at Red Bluff and Halliday. Nothing at all spectacular but lots of up and down. Might be good for experienced mountain bikers in the shoulder season.

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

We did this as a three day/two night hike but could easily have been condensed to an overnight. Lots of great campsites along river and several others on the shedroof divide portion. Not many water sources on the shedroof divide trail so be prepared, but the Washington side had tons of water. We added the trek up to little snowy top fire lookout to spend the night and it is totally worth it, amazing views of Idaho, Washington and Canada. Did not see any bears but plenty of bear signs, make sure and go prepared. With the addition of the lookout and some minor backtracking my GPS said our total loop was 17.7 miles. And BTW there is way more elevation than 570 feet, probably closer to 4000 feet once you factor in all the ups and downs of each valley you cross. Overall great hike, highly recommended.

hiking
Thursday, July 04, 2013

Doing this in one day is an incredible slog whereas two days is a beautiful hike. If you start up high on #535, you walk a closed road for a mile an then get beautiful scenery for many miles. A good camping spot is on the shoulder of BIg Snowy and there is a little spring in wet seasons a little ways down towards the basin. Or you can go on down into the basin and find lots of spots and water. This year, they are doing a lot of work on the trail in the basin, so call ahead of time to Sullivan Lake RS. Horses are not allowed until they are finished and it may be closed occasionally to hikers.

hiking
Tuesday, May 14, 2013

My most favorite hike anywhere even though my first time I hiked the last 3 miles in the dark ill prepared with no light source. It is incredibly beautiful and if you are looking for an escape from the crowds or mountain bikers this is the place. I rarely pass anyone on the trails even with 50+ miles of hiking in 2 days. The loop can be done in one day (not 48 hours as the guide says) but you must keep moving as it does take an entire day of daylight. Starts out up high and then many hours are spent in the forest along the river, there are about 3 different water crossings with the last being one I haven't been able to make without getting wet. After the last major water crossing you will begin to head up and out (approx 3 miles -- my nike+ ipod always runs out of a charge during this section!

camping
Wednesday, October 05, 2011

We camped on Lake Sullivan and hiked the trail while we were there. It was a pretty easy trail. We saw big horn sheep running up and down the trail several times a day to get water. It was beautiful there and we boated on the intimate lake.

hiking
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hiking
10 months ago