Length: 5 k rtn Elevation: 675 m Pit Toilet: no Dog Friendly: yes-leashed 4X4: yes with high clearance
Directions: Drive east to the old Hope HIghway (3). Stay on exit 177 and about 2 k further on your right side is the Mt. Hope FSR. The roas is rough at times and quite skinny. There are many water bars to cross. At the 5 km marker there's a creek bed to cross with a beautiful waterfall on your right. At 7.8 Kms there's a "T" in the road. Stay right and you'll see the sign that says 500 m for the TH. The roads ends and you can see the TH for Mt. Hope Summit on your right and Wells Peak on your left. This is steep hike. Starts off like a grassy tunnel on an old logging road for about 1/2 k. Then you walk along a path in forest and out in open. Soon after there's a short steep open area then it begins to climb.There's a slippery dirt section here that a rope assist wold be nice to help up & down. It's short though. Then you walk near a big rock and sign about fires and campers. It's now very steep here and rocky.Then there's a rock wall& some old rotten stairs After climbing you come to a funky big log crossing. It's wide and using poles helps with balance. There is no railing.The trail starts snaking up again with a clearing in site. It's just a trick though... It starts climbing again with a little blow down. After this somewhat short steep section it levels off a bit and seems the clearing is getting closer. Now it starts climbing again soon through some rocks with light peering through the trees. There's a large log to climb over or under. A little more steep section then it flattens out. Plant life is beginning to show you you're almost in the alpine. A few moments later there's a nice clearing with some spectacular views. As you make your way along the Heather there is no clear trail. In the distance is a rocky scramble. It's hard to say how you get to Wells Peak. We were not able to make it to the ridge due to time. Just below the peak is stunning. Happy & safe trails!
This is also the TH for MT. Hope Summit...I have not done this hike.