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Brutal. Unforgiving. Gorgeous. All words I would apply to this trail. I brought about 50oz of water and boy, that was a mistake. Bring a camelbak or something. Lots of ups and downs. Certainly like life. Would have liked hiking poles for my return trip.

This is work. The geocaches and benchmarks and views are worth it, but it is work. The downhill parts beat up my knee and toes. It took over 9 hours round trip for our small group. It was worth it, and a reminder that I need to condition a bit to take on bigger hikes. I went for the summit and didn't go to the cliff on this one. Maybe next time.

3 days ago

Not very long trail, but very fun. Last part of the summit is steep, but more than worth the view from the top. Great panoramic with a cool cove between some boulders at the top. The park is is very clean and lots of things to do at the base and benches along the way. It's all clearly marked. REMEMBER to bring $3 for day use /parking fee.

Harder than I thought. You'll need plenty of hydration. I have almost 4 liters of water and on my back down it was already gone. Try to get there earlier. I start at 10 and ended at 4 pm.

Great climb ... lots of uphill and beautiful scenery. What goes up must come down. Not for a beginning hiker. Recommend you have some hiking under your belt. Loved it!!

Great hike for those looking for a challenge and multiple hours out on the trail. I completed it for the second time this past weekend and would highly recommend it for those training for a more challenging peak.

Make sure to have at least 3 liters of water and some food. Shoes with good traction are a must, as there are several steep inclines and declines. Trekking poles would probably be helpful coming down but I managed well without.

Happy hiking!

Hiked El Cap twice on 1-6-17 - back to back. Per my Garmin, 22.7 miles, 7800 feet of elevation gain, 9 1/2 hours. A great training hike for Whitney later this year! Trail was a bit muddy but not too bad. Fun stuff!

Got there early and knocked it out before noon. New PR on this one, under four hours. Lotsa people this time. I guess people are getting in shape for the new year? This one will definitely test your "resolution". Wah wah. Still love the views too.

Very easy hike, good for families. Very minimal inclines with rocks. The trail is just a loop. Most of the way you are surrounded by high shrubs so don't see anything, but once you reach the top there is a great view of the lake. Lots of rocks to climb along the loop. The first time we tried this trail our dog got some kind of thorn in his foot and couldn't walk, so we had to turn back. Came back another day without him to finish the loop. We did see a lot of dogs on this trail so it is dog friendly. Not sure I would do it again because it was a little too easy but seems great for families.

did this hike yesterday. it's a great hike with challenging peaks and valleys.

This trail is easy and short. Good for people who are out of shape, and want to start off. Good for strollers that are joggers.

Hiked this for the third time this year. 2 hours up and 2 hours down. Cold and a bit rainy. Trail was kinda washed out and very muddy - it had rained the day before. Great hike though. Will use this as a training hike for Whitney. In the spring, plan on climbing this twice (back to back) on the same day as a good training hike for Whitney (roughly equivalent to the total mileage and elevation gain of Whitney, but obviously not the high altitude).

Made this hike on December 1st. It is now the 6th and my calves and feet are still sore. I'm not the smallest of men. I stand just shy of 6'0 and weigh about 260 lbs. That said, I do know that for a tubby guy, my cardio is good. Had it been otherwise, I'd have never made it....and I surely wouldn't have made it in the summer heat. This hike absolutely tested my mettle. I wish I would have studied the comments more in depth prior to going because as I have come to find, I stopped my trek short of the peak. I lost the trail in the brush on the last saddle, took pics of the view (which was still phenomenal), lied down on a big flat rock to recover for a bit and then headed back. It hurt me. I can't lie...but I can't accept not having made it all the way to the peak so FML right now....I gotta go back. ;) Pack that water, hit it a couple days after a fall or winter rain if you can and physically prepare yourself if you aren't hiking at an advanced level. The downhill, depending on your state of being, can be absolutely brutal on the thighs during your return.

What a great workout. Fall is a much better time to hike this one.

1 month ago

I like the new maintained trail

real life hike here. minimum a gallon of water.