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hiking
16 hours ago

I hiked this trail on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the views at the top, as well as, the beautiful vistas looking back towards the Spray Lakes and surrounding mountains! Be aware of the “Y” in the trail right at the beginning of the hike (go right, up the steeper trail that has the “no biking” sign). It is a steady climb up with a winding, narrow , at times, trail through the woods and out onto some rocky sections. I arrived about 6:45p.m. and found more trails to be explored at the top of the pass. Unfortunately due to time, and the threat of a storm, I was unable to explore around the area. Loved the challenge and peace of being out in the mountains alone! Low traffic trail.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

Absolutely amazing trail. The route finding among the larger rocks wasn’t clear. However, all roads lead to the top! Make sure you have great footwear- very slippery at the top and the last push is all shale to the top just last where the tea house is (if you want)

hiking
1 day ago

Good hike with a fairly steep incline most of the way, trail isn’t visible at all spots but it easy to find again. For someone with no hiking experience, it’s was a good one to start with. Took around 3.5-4 hours to complete

Great short hike with a beautiful view. If doing the hard route, make sure you have appropriate footwear to go through some mud and water.

Great hike very close to town. During our visit, there were warnings for a bear in the area, but we did not see anything. Get there early... parking lot fills up, and good chance of rain by noon. We went up the easy route and down the hard route. Did not go all the way to the upper reservoir... trail is somewhat blocked above the second Grassi Lake, but you can continue at your own risk. Just a lot of rockfall up there. If you do go up, there are 1000+ year old Hopi pictographs on the rocks. Coming down the hard way takes you right down beside the beautiful waterfall. Just be careful out there. See my recording for pictures!

We were alone for most of our time here except for a few others at the rest stop before continuing on to the glacier

We did this easy hike on our first day, which was overcast but the Grassi Lakes were so beautiful even in that weather. This is a place not to miss!

I took this trail for the first time with my son , it was great even for an old guy like me . The trail is not that easy if you think it’s a breeze, bring water and a jacket because when you get to the top it’s very windy and the temperature is at least 5 to 8 degrees colder . Anyway , enjoy it is worth it .

New improvements to the trail make it super easy. It should be downgraded to moderate. Made it up and down in less than 2hrs. Wooden stairs, stone stairs and railings have been put in to make this more of a walk rather than a hike. I used to enjoy the challenging trail but it’s nice that anyone can do it now including families and tourist

Start along the creek bed until you get to the canyon. Did this hike with two kids (age 4 and 6). Lots of rock hopping and climbing up logs. Don't be afraid to get your feet wet. We hiked through the canyon only, as the water was getting too deep and fast for our little ones. The prize for a great hike doesn't have to be a waterfall or a lake! The canyon itself is spectacular! Working together to climb over boulders and cross the streams was a fun experience for all of us! You don't need to go a great distance or gain a lot of elevation - it was a different type of experience and we will be returning for sure!

This was one of the prettiest trails I’ve been on. The “harder” side isn’t hard at all. I’m 50 and not in great shape and was wearing hiking sandals and it was fine. The harder side is so beautiful and you walk through lots of little streams, you climb over lots of rocks and up rock stairwells, there’s a beautiful but waterfall, and then the upper lakes. Be sure to hike right to the end where you’ll see a sign that says, “this is the end of the trail”. There are benches around the lakes and the color of the water is just incredible. I would not bother doing the easy trail down. Go back down the hard trail the same way you came up. The easy trail is literally a gravel service road cut through the woods. I would only recommend the easy trail if you’re tired or sore from the hike up. Wear proper shoes though. My hiking sandals were fine but tougher soles would have been nice on the rocks.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail up to a peak...awesome. Did you lose a red pack cover and leash Thurs. Aug 15?? Leave your contact in reviews and I’ll holla.

We were a group of 6 that hiked the trail yesterday. It is important to note that the trail head is about 2kms from the Barrier Dam parking lot so you need to add 4kms to your hike total. We ended up just under 18kms. We went clockwise as others suggested up Jewell and down Prairie View. The ascent is longer this way but more gradual. Overall the trail is in great shape. Some places were muddy and slippery. When we did start our descent it was a bit of a scramble to get going down. We had to grab on to trees to keep us upright. Beautiful views at the top and well worth the effort to get up there. It took us 6.5 hours with an hour stop for lunch and photos with several other breaks along the way.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

I am just down after a good 10 hours. Great scenery after the first couple kms last the remainder of the hike. It was a long push once you reach the alpine, but it is worth it. I downloaded this map on All-Trails pro and was happy I did as route finding proved a but tricky during some spots in the alpine. But all in all an excellent outing!

The crew who reclaimed this deserve a high five. Although FAR too many people on it mid week for our liking I get why it was made safer due to popularity. Not an Easy scramble up top. Will avoid the ‘401’ feel of this trail until offseason like Lady MAC.

The HaLing trail. Only recently reopened after nearly 1 1/2 renewal. He is good to walk and has many great views. Different substrates. He is not for untrained. He is definitely feasible, but he partially reduces his strength. When you arrive at the top, you will get an absolutely brilliant view. The feeling of being up is also madness. Partly very steep departures. I would take the trail as a third Trail if you are untrained. Then your feet and legs get used to the strain. Have him taken as a first trail and have had a long muscle cat thereby. Definitely recommended

hiking
blowdown
2 days ago

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Definitely challenging. I’ll be humble and say it kicked our asses and we are in decent shape. The hardest part was scrambling up to the ridgeline and it’s more mental than physical because it can get hairy if you take the wrong path around. Wore shorts in the beginning thinking it would stay rather warm. Ended up turning purple and getting blown off the cliff face. Definitely bring a Warmer set of clothes for when you hit the ridgeline. Views were great, wish we could have stayed for longer but the wind and cold was just too much being in shorts and T’s.

A bit muddy/slippy at the bottom but some great new features the rest of the way up including stone steps, foot holds, some railings/chains and some great looking floating wood staircases. Very crowded when I went on Thurs though. The new trail is causing quite the buzz. Others seemed to like the changes too. Very windy at the top. I’ll be back.

Just hiked the new trail! Was not as switch back as before, continually steep incline for most of it. A lot of families and dogs and even a cat walking the trail. Looks like it's going to be a popular one. There's a lot of stairs that have been put in, stone and wooden ones! Super busy, especially for a Tuesday.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

It took us 3h30 (8:00 to 11:30) in all with breaks during the hike and at the summit.

Amazing trail well maintained and chain or stair assists on the steeper slopes. Great hike for all ages and the views from the top are spectacular. The new trail deviates a little from the shown map but is very easy to follow.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail is all over the place but easy to get back on track. I did it with a 2 month old strapped to me and it was doable. Pure incline and great views. Very windy at top so bring extra layers for the wind. Overall great hike.

Coming from living at sea level elevation you can definitely feel the Pp of Oxygen decrease so definitely a very hard hike for me due to altitude difference of what Im used too. AMAZING VIEWS. Even just from the heli pad, I can only imagine what the summit views are like. Its pretty steep right off the get go and its all downhill. Look for the inkukshuks in the rocks!

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