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    Council Bluff Trail

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    4.7 km
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    261 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    Council Bluff Trail is a 4.7 km out and back hike that starts from the Council Bluff Campground and takes you up to a viewpoint over Council Lake. This hike is fairly short, but there are some confusing, unmarked junctions that make a downloaded GPS route very helpful. Expect light traffic on this hike.

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    Route Description for Council Bluff Trail

    Council Bluff Trail is a good hike if you’re staying at the nearby campground or if you want a 2 hour or so adventure. It’s quick in and out and provides a nice view over Council Lake and the surrounding forest and mountains.

    This trail isn’t very well marked, so we recommend downloading your GPS route. The mosquitoes tend to be persistent, so bring a potent spray. Additionally, it tends to be rocky and a bit loose. Poles and sturdy boots are recommended.

    Begin from the back end of the campground. The trail isn’t marked, so take a peek at your GPS. You’ll climb next to the ridge, hiking roughly north before taking four wide switchback turns prior to the final switchbacks to the summit. From the top, you’ll retrace your steps down the same route.

    Getting to the Council Bluff Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Council Bluff Trail is in the back of Council Bluff Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Council Lake Campground

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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