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appreciate the large trees
From the parking area on the side of the road, head northwest up Huckleberry Mountain Rd. There is a gate about 100' up the road, but the area is open to dirt bikes and quads. In fact, the area seems to be quite popular with the OHV crowd, so this hike is better suited for weekdays instead of weekends.
Continue up the dirt road about 0.65 miles to a sharp left turn, while the main road bends to the right. Take that sharp left (almost a U-turn), which turns into a single-track, and continues uphill. Up until now, the incline has hardly been noticeable, but the trail gets steeper from here. Head south and uphill, staying right at the fork for the less steep option, although both trails from the fork will lead to the summit.
The trail will turn to the southeast as it heads to the highest part of the mountain, ending at a small clearing. A small trail heads downhill off to the left, but that just seems to part of the OHV trails in the area. The true summit is in the vegetation just east of the clearing, but no obvious path leads over to it, and the views from the clearing or the true summit are the same--none--so it's a good a place as any to stop.
Nothing exciting about this hike unless you are either looking for an easy walk or to check off a peak. Continuing north on Huckleberry Mountain Rd does add some scenic value to the hike. Retrace your steps back downhill when you are done. The views on the road seem to be better while hiking back downhill, and you can appreciate just how large the trees are alongside the road.
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