hiking
muddy
3 hours ago

Went on kind of a cruddy day. Be very bear aware!! We ran into a massive black bear about a mile from the trailhead off one of the side trails. Turned a corner and the male black bear was nearly in high five range. Who needs coffee when you can just run into a bear?!

Fantastic trail! A steady climb to the top on a smooth trail is rewarded by a myriad of wildflowers and awe-inspiring vistas of the beautiful rolling landscape of the Palouse to the south toward Pullman. If you are compelled to reach the top, add a quick up and back on the summit spur. I recommend avoiding the Primitive Trail that continues further toward the west end of the butte and adds about 1.5 to the main loop. It is overgrown and really doesn’t afford much in the way of added vistas.

One of my favorite hikes because of the views...wow! Gets steep towards the end though. Got a little snow fall at the end, which was crazy. The road is a little rough in spots. I made a video of it if you want to check it out. https://youtu.be/c4ACd7V54n8 It’s hard to tell from the video but the ruts are pretty deep in spots. I’d say a foot in some spots. Awesome time up there!

hiking
no shade
rocky
7 hours ago

Great views from this hike. It looks like it will be a quick venture from the ground, and the fairly easy switchbacks don’t help challenge those notions. About half way up, the trek gets steep, and the final bit dips into the trees. If you do the looped back marked here, note that the first bit of the way back is on a cliff face! If heights are not your thing, or you’re not sure-footed, go back the way you came. Views are good either way. If you want an additional challenge and like some adrenaline, then do the loop. Hiking poles are helpful, and bring plenty of water/sunscreen on hot days.

hiking
8 hours ago

Nice easy hike, capped off with nice little waterfall. Good for family and dogs.

Very confusing connector trail. I had to keep my phone out to try to follow the correct path. Did half of the trail because I wasn’t into guessing which path to take. It’s also a bike path so watch your surroundings. The path itself if very Lush, green, and beautiful though.

Couldn’t find the trail. So many roads leading there and no one sign! Ridiculous !

hiking
13 hours ago

06/29/20 - 8:15am trailhead departure with potential rain and 100% limited visibility. It was my first time on this trail, and despite having to use the imagination to see MSH, Mt Adams and Mt Rainier on the way up, it was a quintessential volcano spur hike through old growth with many shades of wildflowers. The tread was fantastic even though this trail is shared with MTB, and the grade was smooth n easy. The mountain was socked in upon arrival at the Loowit junction, maybe 100 yards of visibility (or maybe we were socked in!). After a quick snack we headed over the Plains of Abraham. Good call. The clouds blew out out and revealed her majesty’s full southern and eastern flanks for the rest of the hike. After a short photographic rendezvous with a 4-pack of mountain goats, we continued over the pumice fields to the Windy Pass junction and then turned back. Absolutely stunning landscape. Easily a 5 star yes-I-will-do-it-again hike. Enjoy!

Just wanted to point out that I have notified AllTrails that the total distance of this loop is 8.1 miles (not the 12.2 miles listed when I made this review). This hike was just spectacular and had not only epic views in every direction, but the wildflowers were popping. You really get a sense of the haunting grandeur of the mountain when you cross the moonlike Plains of Abraham toward it.

Comment from AllTrails

- 10 hours ago

Thank you for the feedback! The routing for this trail has been updated.

running
muddy
rocky
15 hours ago

First half the loop was a muddy mess, but after you reach the lake quality of the trail improves and starts to open up.

Great July hiking! Mid-week but fairly busy. 80% of hikers masking up but everyone was respecting distance. Long haul for the little kids to the top ... but cookies at the summit and ice cream off the trail worked well. Spectacular views of canyon and town at the top. Lots of birds. A few late flowers left. A truly great and rewarding hike that makes you work for it!

Just arrived today and there are plenty of signs saying do not enter. Not sure why, but it looks like its curre try closed down, unfortunately.

hiking
rocky
17 hours ago

Hiked on 6/28/20 and the waterfall was even better than expected! The last road into the parking lot is quite bumpy so take a car that is prepared to get dirty and can make it through. The trailhead to the falls on the lower side along the river takes about 1.7 miles and isn’t too hard if you’re in good shape. The trail and waterfall was pretty busy on a weekend but you can find spots away from people if you venture around at the falls.

hiking
19 hours ago

Amazing hike. Road to get there is great in comparison to other rural forest roads. Trail is well established, even saw some forestry workers clearing fallen trees. The hike up to the meadows is moderately difficult with backpacking gear but manageable. The meadows are amazing with ample camping space. Once you get above the meadows into the ridge area, the 360 views are incredible. It is a little windy but makes sense given you are on top of a mountain with little cover. I didn't go up to the peak but I would imagine it is awesome up there as well. All in all, a hike that I plan on doing again!

Good trail! Great views. Took about 1 hour and 45 up and down.

hiking
blowdown
closed
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 day ago

Trail was closed half way thru due to deaths. Extremely muddy.

The hike was beautiful but the road leading up to the hike was awful and rocky.

You need a permit to camp there if you want to backpack.

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Couple slide areas but an all around cool hike! Great weather not too muddy and the kids did great.

Great trail. A bit crowded on weekends though.

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