off road driving
dogs on leash
The creek is at 50 year highest level, powerful cascades. Wonderful hike
I originally went for a hike but ended up 4-wheeling the path instead. It snowed the week before and the rain created an extremely muddy path that my jeep was able to navigate with ease. I was able to pull off on the side of a bank and hike the several feet of snow that covered the creek. It was so much fun and my dogs loved it!
Great destination for a late summer day trip. Be warned the 1st half mile or so is probably the steepest part of the day. Great winding trail through the forest and winding along side a creek you will cross numerous time. Once you get to the high point of the day @ the Kaiser Wilderness sign the views are fantastic. To the southwest you look down on Huntington Lake and to your north and east is the Kaiser Wilderness. From this point it's a scamper down the trail that winds through the rocks to a small trail sign pointing you left to Twin Lakes. Both lakes are gorgeous high mountain lakes, Upper Twin the larger of the two has much more room for visitors. Good camp sights are available but it's a very doable day trip if you just want to hit the lakes and have lunch.
Awesome hike. Did not know what to expect and let me tell you the hike was great. Added some pictures, so everyone can see. Not difficult and would recommend you add the south area of Bass Lake to the hike which is right off the parking lot. Parked on the dirt lot across the street. You are looking about 6.5 miles. Light hiking boots or trail shoes are enough.
For me it was hard to find the beginning of the hike. If your coming from Fresno then the parking will be to your left and the beginning of the hike will start across the street to your right. There's a small street sign that says browns ditch road or something like that. Right now there's lots of muddy spots and lots of snow as you hike further in. There's no signs guiding where you should go and that made it a little difficult for me to know if I was going the right way. All you have to know is that the trail runs along the side of the flume the entire time of your hike. I brought my small dog, but I wouldn't recommend bringing your dog unless you have a carrier like me to carry him every time you walk on the flume. In my opinion, the steel flume looks sharp for dog paws. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this trail. A totally different way of hiking. Happy Adventuring!
My dogs love this hike down to the lake for a swim. Several spur trails made by fisherpeeps and bovine. There are some pretty great views of Pine Flat Lake, as well as a bench about half way in to enjoy a break. This could be a good place to train for some backpacking outings because there is some decent elevation loss and gain during this out and back; mostly over long switchbacks, but there is a section that sometimes has a rope installed for ease of use, as the grade is not friendly. Watch for cowpies! Bass on p.w.'s.....