Hunters Bluff

Total Miles
4.2

Elevation

815.07 ft

Duration

0.5 Hours

Technical Rating

4

Moderate

Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Take the forest-covered path on your right. Deep woods become beautiful cliff sides, camping spots, and an overhang to a small creek where local wildlife comes to sip water. Large scat tracks litter this trail in Gifford Forest, as well as cliffsides, rough rocky patches, and fantastic views.

Difficulty

Rough rock patches line the path, sneaking up on drivers. Steep inclines catch you by surprise. Water can be found on the trail even after 4 weeks of 90-degree weather and the mountain being barren. This is one car wide with minimal turnaround spots. Washouts on the sides of the road from snowfall have created off-camber sections that are over 18 inches.

History

For over 6,000 years, people have played a part in the ecology of what is now the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The earliest Native Americans hunted in meadows below receding alpine glaciers. As the climate warmed, descendants of these early hunters gathered an abundance of food and other necessities. Familiarity with the forest's resources allowed larger, more settled populations, and the natives began to manage the landscape for game and other food. One method the natives used was burning areas to increase huckleberry production. Archaeological investigations within Gifford Pinchot National Forest continue to discover new and exciting information about the lives of the first Americans. (USDA Forest Service, Last accessed 7/27/23.)

Technical Rating

4

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Access Description

Take NE Sunset Falls Road and pass Sunset Falls Campground on your right. Follow the trail until you see a fork in the road. Take the left up into the mountains and peel away from the river. At about 2.7 miles past the fork, you will see an overgrown path to the right. Take this path-less-traveled to find yourself on Hunters Bluff.

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