Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest
by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)
© Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The hike is beautiful, and the view at the end is pretty nice. The trail is fairly well maintained, and we even met the contractor (Dave) who does the work of chainsawing fallen trees off the trail and clearing brush. The lower part of the trail which follows the creek is about as beautiful as you'll find anywhere, and is exactly the kind of babbling brook that nature photographers dream about. The switchback portion was arduous, but not overly steep. There are a number of places where water flows across the trail, but most have culverts. We had to cross three muddy sections, made worse by the passage of horses. We camped at the turnoff for Gunsight Pass. There's one good place for a tent, but otherwise the terrain is rocky at the top. Campfires ok'd by the Rangers, but the wind makes it hard to keep the fire from burning itself out quickly. Lots of very dry firewood available. A small creek was just 2-4 minutes walk further. Not a day hike, unless you like a real workout. Bugs: No yellowjackets, but there were flies that looked just like them. Also deerflies and ticks. Make sure to pack bug spray with DEET in it. Mosquitoes at low altitudes.
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