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hiking
20 days ago

Definitely hike to Cougar Rock! Awesome views

The views were amazing. Made this our first hike of the Fall season. Weather was nice and cool. First time wearing pants and a long sleeve :) We were a little confused coming back from Bear Lake as the trail was a little washed up, but we made our way back. Trailed off in the beginning, but got back on the path. This ended up being 10.5 miles for us due to us straying off course a bit. Totally worth it! Would definitely do it again

backpacking
29 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! This is the backcountry and so there is a lot of bushwalking and finding your own way. No marked trail but every once in a while we came across some trail markings (stacked rocks). Bring 2-3 L of water for the hike and definitely a water filter- at this time of year there is some water in large stagnant pools- also used for swimming and washing dishes. As you climb towards Hyatt lake on the granite wall, stay on the lower end and make the big climb once you are at the “foothill” of the saddle. We tried climbing way before over what it looked like a ridge thinking the path would be easier and flatter- we had to climb back down and lost a bunch time. If you are traveling with a dog make sure they are wearing doggie booties- the granite will destroy the pads on their paws! We were unable to go over the saddle and to Hyatt lake because one of our pups was struggling with the granite. We’ll definitely be back with proper footwear for our 2nd pup. Buy a forest land map if you can read it or download this All Trails map and make sure to bring an extra battery! Hiking poles were super helpful on our way back to the car as there’s a lot of climbing and uneven terrain. Have fun!

Enormous! Long but worth the trek

Great cool morning for hike. We took our dog Jax along and really enjoyed the great colors and trees. It took us 2 hrs for hike to end of trail and back. Trees were very awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Really nicely maintained trail with clear markers. Loved the Fall colors. Stunning view from Cougar Rock.

We did this and it is a beautifull trail!!! Trees are amazing. Very easy

A well marked trail leads from the parking lot to the South Grove. Late October gave us the added treat of beautiful autumn colors from the non-coniferous members of the forest. The free map handed out at the gatehouse includes an expanded cut out of the north and south groves, highlighting where some of the largest are. These trees have to be seen to appreciate how magnificent they are. We’ll be back.

The water in the cave is never warm, regardless of the time of year. But very beautiful if you are brave enough to go through. Bring water shoes! This is not a running trail unless you want to bust an ankle.

hiking
1 month ago

The water in the cave was numbingly cold mid-October but me and my 5 yr old still dared to jump in. It was an easy hike and a nice time down in the cave. Very fun, family friendly hike. Take towels and a floating device if you plan to brave the waters.

hiking
1 month ago

Way too steep and off camber in a few spots to call this an easy trail . Bring a face net to keep all the gnats away

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful time of year for this hike. Cool morning led to a great day. Trailhead decently marked with plenty of parking. Went on a Saturday and wasn’t crowded at all. Path was well traveled and a map was not needed. The quietness among these giants was awe inspiring. We did the north grove after this hike and it felt commercial in comparison.

Some parts are difficult to navigate. Lowest angle terrain is your friend. Plan to spend a day or two at the lake. There is a scenic moderate trail around the lake which is about the same difficulty.

You feel so small here
Humility takes over as you meander the trail through
Giant Sequoia Trees

Easy walk but great access to unbelievably beautiful and majestic trees.

The river water was a little bit too cold for us in October but we did watch other people swim through the “cave“ to the other side back.

Whew! Highly recommended!

hiking
2 months ago

As Cindi said, this is not an easy hike. It is very steep in numerous places. I'm in pretty good shape and I was breathing hard a couple of times by the time I got to the top of the climb. I was pushing hard but still I thought the climbs were harder than the River Trail.

Excellent trail!

Awesome surprise at the end. Swimming in a cave!!

Hiked to it from both directions on the Arnold Rim Trail. Nice views from the top.

hiking
2 months ago

A nice hike from Cedar Center, also went up to the lookout and bushwhacked anong the ridge to the ART, and then went to Cougar Rock and back to Cedar Center for a total of 12.5 miles and almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain.

backpacking
2 months ago

Gorgeous views, lots of campsites at Bear Lake, good amount of shade, and trail was clearly marked. Took a couple of newbies and everyone had a great time.

This is a good trail for a light to moderate hike. There are some little inclines to get up that are a bit rocky. abouy two miles in to the cave. The cave is awesome. Very cold water but you can float or swim through. The other side is open and we climbed around to the other side.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. The trees are magnificent and the trail is well compacted and easy. Good for kids.

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2 months ago

I don’t think this trail should be marked as easy. It would be difficult for children. We’re older and I would say it is moderate. There are also tons of flying insects that repellent doesn’t seem to help.

I was a bit worried from some of the mixed reviews but this turned out to be fantastic! Our group included kids from 4 to teens and everyone loved it! It was fun for the younger kids and the teens thought it was awesome. The trail down is medium easy and going back up is the more intense end of easy. The cave great for all ages. Younger kids and adults who aren't as adventuresome can chill in the outer part of the cave in the cold shallow water. The water isn't swift or dangerous at all, at least not in mid-summer. We took the little ones through the cave on floaties and they loved it. It is also possible to swim without a floatie but really cold. And water shoes are highly recommended as it's very rocky. We will definitely be going back!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely will be doing this trail again. We only went to camp lake this day but will be back to continue to bear lake. The beginning is mostly incline and was heavily traveled with a few large groups. Once at the lake we explored a bit. It is worth while to hike up to the ridge to see the views.

backpacking
3 months ago

Hiked this as an overnight backpacking trip with my family: two girls, ages 13 and 15, and mid 40s wife. We did so over Labor Day weekend and were not expecting big crowds at the Crabtree trailhead. Fortunately, we were able to find a nice campsite at the lake. Most folks had already set up at the south end (where the trail enters the lake) but there are a lot more spots if you continue north/left. Fuel here is at a minimum. Also, it's easy to pick up that this is a popular spot (toilet paper, bit of trash, no low limbs on trees, etc). Overall, a nice beginner's backpacking trip. The lake itself was quite warm at this time of year and good for a dip.

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