See you on the trail!
The fires this season have kept us on our toes, hence the late notice for our Labor Day Weekend hike. But at last we’re ready.
We’ll meet up at the Orofino City Park at 7:45 AM on Saturday, September 2nd and head out to the North Fork Area via road 250 out of Pierce. We’ll cross the North Fork River at the Bungalow Bridge, take a right, and continue on for about 16 miles to road 711. We’ll turn left on road 711 towards Mush Saddle. Finally, we’ll climb up toward Flat Mountain trail #176 on road 5295.
NOTE: Road 5295 is not maintained for regular vehicles! Bring your 4 wheel drive, or jump in the back of our pickup with the dogs!
The plan is to drop down to Pete Ott Lake via trail #445 and camp out.
This is a family friendly hike, and we’ll be bringing the little ones. There is also a burn ban in place, so bring your camp stoves. Pete Ott Lake sits at about 4,800ft, but we will get as high as 6,300ft, so be prepared for warm but incremental weather.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the hike or what to pack. See you on the trail!
The snows are hitting the mountain tops, so let’s finish out the season with a hike along the Lochsa River Trail! This is the Lochsa River National Recreation Trail that runs for about 16 miles alongside Highway 12, just up the hillside from the river. We’ve tried this trail before from it’s western end, but this time we’ll start at the Wilderness Gateway Campground on the east end and hike west.
At 9:00 AM, we’ll meet at the parking area just outside Kooskia, ID where Highway 12 and Highway 13 meet. As you head east on Highway 12, take a right like you were going into Kooskia, but don’t cross the bridge into town. Instead, take an immediate right into the parking area.
The Wilderness Gateway Campground is about an hour east from Kooskia. The plan is to follow the trail for about 4 or 5 miles, do lunch, and then head back. I anticipate we’ll back at our cars by 2:30 or 3:00 PM.
Current weather reports say it’ll be a decent day, but come prepared for the cold and wet. You can always leave that extra layer in the car if it turns out nice. So, layer up, wear good trail shoes, bring food and plenty of water, and we’ll see you on the trail!
The Clearwater Trekkers are heading out to the Fourth of July Trailhead on Saturday, June 23rd. We’d love to have you there!
We’ll meet up at the Orofino City Park at 8:00 AM and caravan to the trailhead.
If you miss us at the park, or are coming from a different direction, we’ll head East on Highway 12 and take Highway 11 at Greer up towards Pierce. Just before you enter Pierce, take a right on French Mountain Rd, AKA Forest Road 250.
French Mountain/FS 250 will take you all the way to the Bungalo Ranger Station on the North Fork River. You’ll cross over the river here, then go right to stay on FS 250. Follow this to the Fourth of July Trailhead at the wooden suspension bridge.
If you reach the Noe Creek Campground, you’ve gone too far.
Our trail doesn’t actually follow the 4th of July Creek, instead, we’ll cross over the suspension bridge and climb up above one of the tributaries of the 4th of July Creek. See links in the comments section for more info on the trail.
Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. See you on the trail!