|Deer Valley 4WD
|Trip Date: 09/22/2017
Distance: 8.0 Miles
Vertical Gain: 800'
Group Size: 1
Hike Rating: Easy Moderate Hard Strenuous
GPX for this trip
sign you will be looking for at the start of the trail to make sure you
are heading along the correct route.
about a quarter mile into the hike, along to the right is a short
detour you can take to see a pretty impressive picturesque waterfall.
is a very typical section of trail, so careful footing is a must as you
walk along rocks just waiting to twist your ankle for you.
aren't a lot of wide open vistas on this trail, but the beauty of the
area is still all around you. The early season snowstorm the
night before added another dimension to the experience as well.
first meadow at the end of Clover Valley stands in stark contrast to
the entire trip up to this point which had been through thick
forest. The water crossing here can be managed heading upstream
for a little bit to find a bridge near a campsite sporting a built-in
horseshoe pit along with the fire rings scattered around.
bridge to keep an eye out for as an alternative to wading through the
ice cold water this time of year.
of the leisuretime activities at this frequently visited jeep camping
Forest service workers fixing up some of the area around the second
water crossing on the trail. To the right of the picture is where
the old Stevenot Trail begins, as well as an alternative to wading
across this part of the river as well.
crossing of the stream which allows for an alternate way across to
continue on the trail to the south. The snow on the other side of
the stream made the scramble up that side a little on the harrowing
side on a cold, snow-covered day.
trail sign post at the start of the Stevenot Camp trail. The
indentation of the old trail is visible, but the trail is difficult to
discern any longer, even without snow cover.
to follow the Stevenot Camp trail for a bit was difficult, but offered
some enticing views of the area ahead.
of the remnants of the old grazing area from the Stevenot Camp. A
few blazes in the trees were also found, but snow covered any chance of
finding any remaining trail.
indication of the type of trail for much of the way. Tough to
hike on, but good for keeping erosion damage at a minimum from the jeep
traffic which makes its way along this route.
to the trailhead, this view on a cool, crisp morning right after a
snowstorm was not to be missed!
|GPS Track of the full hike.|