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Cabin Trail - Enchanted Forest, ID

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Camino Campana Trail
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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance One Way 2.09 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,083 feet
Elevation Gain 722 feet
Accumulated Gain 790 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.72
Interest Perennial Creek
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Enchanted Forest loop
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Age 42 Female Gender
Location Ahwatukee, AZ
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Sun  6:46am - 6:22pm
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by LindaAnn

Overview: One of the longer trails in the Enchanted Forest network of mountain biking and hiking trails. Numerous loop options exist within the network.

Hike: Cabin Trail is one of the two trails starting from the parking area off Hoot Owl Rd. There is a large information board (take a picture of the trail map, it comes in handy), and the trail for both begins immediately to the right of the sign, heading southeast. The first tenth of a mile or so is relatively flat, and you will soon reach a large fork in the trail. It is well signed, and Cabin Trail takes the left fork.

At this point, the trail begins to gradually gain elevation as it switchbacks uphill. The gain is never steep, and it is obvious this is a popular mountain biking trail. Footing is good, and the trail is clear of any debris. A bridge crosses Dobson Creek as you continue uphill. The forest is quite pleasant to walk through, and the fairly low elevation means more months of snow-free hiking each year compared to the surrounding mountains.

About a mile into the hike, a large meadow will appear to the south. The trail skirts the meadow starting at the north end, and working its way around the west and south side. Looking towards the east side of the meadow, a small cabin will eventually come into view. No need to cut across the meadow to check it out, as the trail will eventually lead you right to the front steps.

On the southeast side of the meadow, there is a short spur trail (signed) that will lead you directly to the cabin. There is also a bench along the spur, with excellent views of the Selkirk Mountains to the west. The one-room cabin was unlocked as of Summer 2022 and is somewhat more modern than you might expect--electric wiring, lights, insulation, etc. Antlers and turkey feathers adorn the walls. Make sure to latch the door closed when you leave.

Once back on the main trail, it will continue uphill just under half a mile to its junction with East Boundary Trail, which is not signed. You can retrace your steps back down the Cabin Trail, or head north or south to create a loop with some of the other trails in the Enchanted Forest network.

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2022-06-08 LindaAnn

    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    The road is paved nearly all the way to the trailhead. The final 0.30 miles is a well-graded dirt road, suitable for all vehicles.

    From Sandpoint, take Hwy 2/95 north for approx 26 miles to Kootenai Trail Rd. Turn right (east) on Kootenai Trail Rd and follow it for 3.70 mi to Parker Canyon Rd. Turn left on Parker Canyon Rd and follow it 4.20 mi to Hoot Owl Rd. Pay attention to road signs, as Parker Canyon does have some odd turns required to stay on the correct road. Turn right at Hoot Owl Rd and follow it 0.30 miles to the trailhead on the right. Observe the posted speed limit on Hoot Owl, and do not park on private property.

    The trailhead has room for about 6-8 vehicles.
    page created by LindaAnn on Jun 08 2022 4:26 pm

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