off road driving
dogs on leash
If u can find your way to the trail, which the road can be confusing (which I would have NOT found if part of my hiking party didn't leave flags out) & survive the road, it's well worth the "adventure "! Island lake & Rock Lake is beautiful & the sunsets are breathtaking & peaceful. :)
pretty good trail, we clocked it at almost 8.5 miles not the 6.8 as stated above. pretty good incline the first 1.5 to 2 miles in and first 2 miles on the way out. we did notice a very large number of bees along most of the trail. they weren't much of a problem while hiking, but once we stopped to eat lunch they were pretty much everywhere.
This was a great hike. Nice steady workout getting up to the lake and so worth it. It was warm enough for us to get in the water. Took us almost 2 hours to get up there so I'd say 5 hours round trip and that includes a nice lunch break and relaxing at/in the lake.
good trail not to long not to short, good for a day trip. everyone was right the last 200 yards is the worst of it if you have rock rails you will be using them. I'm running 35's and a 4" Rubicon express lift on a 2016 jeep Rubicon and it tested the tires and suspension very well. all and all it was a great trip.
Went from South to North in my jeep JK
First 16 miles not too tough.
Very narrow, lots of areas where it was tire to tire between trees. After that it is constant rock crawling
Very tough on vehicles. Broke my sector shaft on steering box, lost part of my exhaust, stripped the lugs on my wheel spacer. Skids took a beating. I have done the Rubicon and Fordyce trail many times. This trail is a lot tougher. But a lot of fun
Bucket list material
This is one of my favorite hikes. I've gone a couple times but haven't made it all the way to George yet. Next time I'm going without kids or newbies so I can keep trekking! It takes us about 5 hours all together including the rest stops at the halfway point to admire the view before descending to the lakes and then of course at the lake. It is pretty intense at the beginning if you are not yet acclimated to the thinner air.
Trail is an easy hike. We took the dog who loved it. The easy part of the trail ends 40 feet from the falls. It is a boulder hop to the water which we didn't let our dog do. Our dog didn't get to enjoy the water. A great hike through the forest.
The current Tree removal has effectively removed all the perimeter road markers east of the road that takes you down to the Fishing club. So, be VERY aware before heading out. IT's very torn up by huge tractors, debris everywhere and we were really turned around a few times without ANY markers left and NO trail. West of The fishing Club road appeared to be just fine!
Just spent a weekend pulse at Dinkey Creek Campground. The campground has a large number of camp sites that are spacious and clean. The campgrounds were full over the weekend, and there was a large number of people and it seemed crowded. The sites were filled with a number of large family unit, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, and lots of kids, all on the same camp site. Walking around the campsite the people were very friendly and you had to have a good feeling because of the fun that was being had by all. Dinner time and evening it was a little noisy with laughter and the sounds of family get togethers. The noise was gone in the evening by nine, and the camp staff will take care of any people making to much noise. During the day the camp was quite for the most part, many of the people go to the creek to fish and swim. By Sunday afternoon I would say three quarters of the sites were open, and the camp site took on a more out in the woods atmosphere. It was very open and not crowed at all. Camp sites were clustered around flushable toilets that the staff kept pretty clean. There is water at each toilet, but not at the sites themselves. This is dry camping, but a trailer and a number of tents can fit at each site. The creek was down terribly, but the campers before us had dammed the creek creating pools that were cool and refreshing. The current was slow, but could be very fast earlier in the snow runoff season. Reservations are almost always required. The staff in charge of the camp sites kept everything clean and orderly, and they are around to help in any way the can. I will be going back again.