As is the case with the majority of the St. Joe trails, the climb on Daugherty Hill Trail #252 leads to spectacular views, and almost makes the steep trek forgettable.
Daugherty Hill Trail is motorized and was in immaculate shape as of June 29. Blow downs and brush were cut away from the path, making for spacious turns as the trail makes nine switchbacks in its initial ascent toward Daugherty Hill (4,816 ft).
The journey comes in at just less than three miles. Surrounding terrain opens up significantly in the latter stages, where Lemonade Peak, Coeur d’ Alene Divide and St. Joe Baldy come into view.
Wildlife frequent trail #252, as it provides thick cover above Big Creek, and visitors should be aware of the possibility of four-legged users to the path as well.
A portion near the base of Daugherty Hill steadily climbs 1,000 feet to the peak, and can be difficult for those on foot.
Daugherty Hill Trail #252 continues on after reaching its highest point, where it meets Cabin Ridge Trail #565 (May 30, 2018 Gazette Record issue) to the west and Cameron Hill (5,062 ft) to the north. After cresting Cameron Hill, trail #252 continues to Cemetery Ridge Road 1907.