|7.5 hours plus a half hour
2,100 ft with three different ascents
Washington National Forest
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A long hike to take in just a single day, the Little Sluice
hike is best done as an overnight hike. There is a great
campsite on the White Rocks trail, 50 yards from the lookout.
To start, hike up FR88 for 0.5 miles past
the gate where you parked and turn left uphill on the
orange blazed Bread Road Trail. Follow the trail as it gets
steeper for 1.3 miles before coming to the ridge line and
junction of the Little Sluice Mountain Trail.
Turn right on the purple blazed Little Sluice Mountain Trail
as it descends and rises along the Little
Sluice Mountain ridge for the next 2.5 miles. Be alert
to remain on the purple blazed trail, as there are several
old woods roads that intersect it.
You will arrive at a four
way intersection and the purple blazed trail you have
been following turns left becoming the blue blazed Tuscarora
Trail. You need to make a right turn onto the Tuscarora/Three
Ponds Trail which is both green and blue blazed, the greens
blazes were used for a deer study.
Ascend for 1.4 miles before
beginning your descent where the
blazed White Rocks Trail leads to the best vista of the hike.
Turn right and follow the white blazed White
Rocks Trail to the vista in 0.3 miles.
After returning to the Tuscarora/Three Ponds Trail, continue
for 0.5 miles where you meet the pink blazed Old Mail Trail.
at the trail junction staying on the blue blazed trail .
The trail becomes less rocky as you follow it for another 0.3
miles before you need to turn
right as the blue
blazed trail now turns downhill.
This section of the trail winds through a pine grove before
coming to the next trail junction in 1.3 miles. Turn
right and cross a small run following the blue blazed
trail for another 0.7 miles to the junction
of FDR 1863.
Turn right and ascend on yellow blazed FDR 1863 for 1.5 miles
before the road ends at a small clearing. At the left of the
clearing, yellow blazed Cedar Creek Trail continues downward
for another 0.5 miles before meeting
the low water route.
Turn right continuing to follow yellow blazed Cedar Creek
Trail and pass a small
wildlife pond on your left in 0.8 miles. In another 0.5
miles you will emerge onto FR88. Continue down FR88 past
Bread Road Trail for another 0.6 miles back to the parking