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One of my favorite local trails

A favorite for sure for a quick getaway when you really need to just get gone for a little while. Easy hike in and although up hill on the way out, it's not too steep. Disperse camped here and spent the day climbing around the waterfall and boulders. Great time! Here's our full write up. http://hustzkergies.blogspot.com/2016/06/shealor-lake.html

Beautiful trail. Super easy to follow and a great way to spend a day! Here's the full write up and maps/pictures. http://hustzkergies.blogspot.com/2016/08/ralston-peak.html

Great hike. Picked a perfect day, nice and sunny, but not too hot. Start early or it really heats up when you get above the tree line. We hiked with 3 liters of water and had it been hotter, we would have needed every drop. Chose to have lunch before the peak as the chipmunks and yellow jackets wanted to share it with us. It was a good call. Beautiful views from the top and the trail was very easy to follow. Only complaint would be the amount of people that were out there. Would be a great decision to hike on a weekday. The weekend is very busy. Great hike!

Awesome hike..It was just me, my boyfriend and dog..coming back up from the water was very steep..a total leg work out ..took my 3 y/o pit and she did well ! This trail seemed a little longer that 6 miles.

Great hike, weather was perfect, fellow hikers and backpackers seem to all have smiles on their faces. Peace & LOVE. UPCOUNTRY Hiker.

11 days ago

My Fitbit tracked this as an 11 mile hike in and out (11.3 if you count the walk back to the car), and it was quite the trek up to the top! However, the view from the top made the up hill climb well worth it! Bring plenty of water, you'll definitely need it.

Hiked the trails last weekend. My Watch showed 5.1 miles one way. Probably the most beautiful and toughest hikes I have ever done but the view from the top is worth every step. The trail from cathedral lake to the summit made me feel like quitting so many times but the views kept me going (and am glad for it). Take at least 2L of water, between my wife I and if we used up around 5L. We packed a sandwich for the summit and carried trail mix for the road. Other than yellow jackets you may also find squirrels at the top trying to be friendly with you for food.

great views along the trail! only downside was too many people!

11 days ago

Great hikes with spectacular lake views on top.

12 days ago

This was a beautiful trail albeit a little rocky. I would recommend a walking stick if you have weak ankles. Some of the trail as in other reviews is hard to follow so you can easily get off track if not paying attention. For a Sunday it was pretty quiet. I think I only ran into less than 10 other hiking groups and most had dogs. The parking lot was full and I got there around noon. I was able to make a spot and the trail itself wasn't crowded. There are nice rivers/creeks towards the beginning and the lake was beautiful but smaller. I would highly recommend hitching an immediate right when you get to the lake and hike up the rocks. There's a beautiful viewpoint up there and the breeze makes for a nice resting point. It was also quieter up there since most folks stayed real close to the water. This trail is approved by 3 doggies and a human!

12 days ago

beautiful views from the summit, the hike was challenging but only to where the trail meets the TRT... if you've thought about hiking a steep sandy trail, look no further

13 days ago

only went half way because we started way late in the evening but very beautiful hike. It's doable even as a beginner but be ready for some good Boulder hopping ;) .... didn't do too bad with a toddler in a pack.... definitely do it again.

on Lyons Creek Trail

13 days ago

Gorgeous at the top! Easy to follow trail

Great trail. It was tough but worth it especially when you're at the top and can see all the lakes.

Great trail!

This is only 8.5 miles but it feels much longer. It's a steep trail and very rocky which makes the ascent slower than one would expect. Views are incredible! We even saw a bear swimming in one of the ponds.