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Pansy Creek Trail #551

Intermediate
 4.3 (3)

A moderate trail through old growth, past a nice camping lake, and ending at Mother Lode Trail #558 great for loop hikes


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

4,558' 1,389 m

High

3,614' 1,102 m

Low

1,014' 309 m

Up

69' 21 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly Accessing the lake should be easy enough for the whole family, but there are some talus fields and more EG after the lake.

A NW Forest Pass or equivalent is needed for the trailhead. NF-6340 is dirt with one bad rocky spot and NF-6341 is (mostly) paved but very narrow. Decent ground clearance is recommended but low-clearance cars frequently make it.

Description

This trail is very easy to follow along a nice gentle grade. You'll enter the wilderness and a great area of old-growth almost right after leaving the trailhead. There are a few easy-to-cross streams in the first mile and a clear, marked intersection with Dickey Lake Trail #549 after about 0.8 miles. In 1.25 miles you'll come to a clear, but unmarked, intersection with a well-used trail that leads down to the lake. This trail is well worth taking as the lake is close by and beautiful. There are multiple campsites along the lake and many points to access it for swimming, fishing, and so on. After the lake the trail begins to climb at a steeper but still moderate grade, and crosses multiple talus fields. The rocks on these fields can be loose, but you'll get some nice views of Pansy Mountain and its ridge line. Finally the trail ends at Mother Lode Trail #558.

You can continue on for many backpacking options or take Mother Lode Trail #558 to Bull of the Woods Trail #550, and return down Dickey Lake Trail #549 create an excellent ~7.5 mile, 2000ft of EG loop to the fire tower for awesome views.

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Shared By:

Daniel Carlson with improvements by Karl W

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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Aug 1, 2020
Karl W
Aug 23, 2019
Jason Roy
nice, easy trail. lake was very quiet and peaceful. only one other group there for two nights. 2mi