ohv/off road driving
4 days ago

Vehicle: RZR PRO XP 4 This trail (gravel road) was really nice. I prefer off-road so we used the satellite map and took every dirt trail possible. Take a look at our recording and see all the photos we took. Check out our most northern photos. Some great views. If you can go just after a rain storm then the trails would be a lot of fun.

What a lovely day out (and, generally, easy physical distancing! Lots of great scenery. Really in the transition zone here so it’s sagebrush, aspens, prickley pear, ponderosa pine and more. The climb after the third footbridge heading west is worth it: amazing wildflowers right now. No snakes spotted today, likely because there was ample foot traffic.

Arrived at 930a to only one vehicle in the visitor center parking lot. Pit toilets are open but visitor center restrooms are closed. It was a lovely morning, 52 and mostly sunny with an occasional breeze. I followed the trail for 4.5 miles stopping often to take pics. Passed only a few folks on the trail and saw one team of climbers above. I tried following WTA instructions but after the third bridge I never found the vista that makes a good turn around. Not really any good places to stop and take a lunch break either. I finally got tired and just turned around to go back. No snakes on the trail for me today thankfully. Made it back to lot just before 3p to find 3 other vehicles. Nice hike but it parallels the noisy highway hence only two stars instead of 3.

closed for quarantine

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 months ago

fee
icy
2 months ago

Under remaining snow is ice sheets, so careful, but such a beautiful place.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Great for trail running! Took the two corgis and they loved being able to get in the river when they needed to cool off. Pretty dry for the most part and fairly flat with minor inclines.

Nice day out! our 3 boys did great youngest 6 yrs old. Took our little chiweenie and it is a very nice easy hike to get the started again this spring.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

The loop component of this hike is an overland route and fairly steep. The views were great, but I would not recommend this hike for the average hiker. The first two miles of the trail—Waterworks Canyon—is a better bet unless you want to hike a steep overland route.

hiking
3 months ago

Hike is a quick drive from Yakima. We stayed on the lower part and did no get the elevation. You will need micro-spikes right now. Not enough snow for snow shoeing. Water proof hiking shoes as you do cross the creek often. Remember your discovery pass.

Trail was easy, took our two dogs, our 5 year old and our 8 year old boys. All handled trail without issues. Got some beautiful pictures along the way. Great starter trail for the kids!

hiking
snow
6 months ago

What an amazing trail! On 11/11/19 I hiked out as far as the summit of Shellrock Peak (ascended via a marked spur, then via an off-trail, non-technical, straightforward route up the eastern shoulder). This trail has some moderate elevation changes, and they do add up at the end of the day, but most of the elevation gain happens by car. This is nice because the trail follows the ridge the whole time. Gorgeous views of Adams and Rainier! This trail is not very heavily trafficked right now. If you need to escape the crowds, it’s a great spot. There was only one other car at the trailhead, and they left early in the day. Trail conditions: Some packed snow here and there, but no need for micro spikes yet. The ground was frozen, so it was not muddy either. Past Burnt Mountain, the trail is a little difficult to follow in some of the more exposed areas. I added a few small cairns where it was difficult to see the trail. Road conditions: Unlike several forest service roads in the area, the road up is pretty smooth! It’s a bit washboardy, but there are no big potholes or sketchy uneven shelf roads. It’s wide and well maintained, presumably for logging trucks to access what appeared to be a semi-recent timber sale.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
6 months ago

Was a beautiful hike besides snow melting made for some parts of the trail to be slick. Saw lots of mountain goats! Didn’t hike the whole 5 miles due to how late we arrived and we didn’t want to lose daylight. Can’t wait to go back in the spring!! Totally recommend and the views from beginning of trail are breath taking and just get better PNW hikes never disappoint

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Great Trail! Beautiful views of Rainier, Adams, Burnt Mountain, Shellrock Peak, and Ironstone Mountain. The road in is good - a little washboardy, but that’s it. There was snow up high. This trail has more vertical than it seems and it makes for a tough day hike, but worth it.

nice and easy trail. great for family with little kids to take to. A few nats still and spider webbing through the trees which gets pretty annoying.. minor incline/decline in a couple parts so not to bad for people who are trying to recover from sport injuries to the lower body or back.. a lot of beautiful colorful foliage right now..

Beautiful fall colors and canyon walls. Tons of Lewis's woodpeckers stashing acorns along trail!

There’s not really a designated trail. It’s nice to view but very unsafe. Saw a few rattle snakes during late September. So be very careful.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail was pretty and interesting. It pretty much dead ends in overgrowth, but you can take side hikes to the top of the canyon. We hiked in late September. The creek was dry, so crossing it was not an issue.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
8 months ago

Great trail with tons of terrain to explore. Was hoping to get to Bald Mountain summit (on wheel or on foot), but the trail got pretty rough and I didn't want to push my rig too hard (2018 4Runner TRD Off-Road - very capable off-road, but also very recently purchased, trying to keep it from getting beat up just yet!). Started at Rock Creek Rd off of Highway 410, took that about 5.7 miles to NF-1702 (stay right), pretty easy gravel road, took that all the way to NF-675 (~5 more miles), that's where the trail got a lot steeper, narrower, and rockier. Weaving through trees, up and down hills, all kinds of stumps, logs, boulders, and other obstacles. I turned around after about 1 mile on NF-675, and on the way back out I took a few of the side trails to explore more, ended up on a really cool trail along the edge of a ridge for maybe 1/2 mile that eventually joined back with the main NF-1702 road. There's definitely some rugged trails in this area, and lots of different routes to explore. Hope to get back to see more of it!

The map ends before the trail does. It also ends at a random spot in the middle of the forest. So you're not really hiking to anything. You might as well stop at the highest point.

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