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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

Super fun hike with my mom, my 8 year old, and carrying my 4 month old. We went only about 1.8 in before turning back. I didn’t know what to expect with the “falls” and found it to be jaw dropping. Look for trail markers on trees to stay on trail. Beautiful views of lake as well.

We did this trail mid October and the fall colors were spectacular! There were spots where the trial was not so clear, the sights were surely worth it. The falls and swimming holes looked so inviting and beautiful. I would suggest just keeping your eyes open for rock stacking, ribbon, and tree markers if you choose to do this hike.

6/8/18 - Stunning. Quite lovely trail with so much to see. We did not want to leave Fordyce Falls as it was so pretty and relaxing. Water was far too cold to swim in but our feet enjoyed a dip

backpacking
1 month 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.

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
2 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.

The falls are really cool! While we were there PG + E was running water from one of the upper lakes down into Spaulding, which is a spectacle in of itself; huge cataracts of water going down a steep hill at the beginning of the hike.

Pro tip: if you want a shorter hike, just turn around where Grouse Ridge Trail comes in. The bridge over to the lakes is kinda neat, but the lakes themselves aren't much for swimming (they're shallower and lilly-pad filled).

Went for an overnight Saturday-Sunday (August). Perfect solitude. The fiancé, pup, and I encountered one other couple on their way out. The hike wasn’t too challenging, although it was at least 90 degrees out. After stopping to fish and swim at the lake, we proceeded on to a small secluded fall, where we would later setup camp. But first, we continued on to Fordyce Falls, which was pretty and offered a deep swimming hole. We didn’t make it all the way to Eagle Lakes, but our weekend totaled just over 13miles. Watch out for rattlesnakes, we spotted 2!
I’d recommend this hike if trying to find solitude and escape from summer crowds.

Hiked the trail yesterday, well marked even with several detours. Came across 1 rattlesnake on the trail. Missed stepping on it by a foot. Keep your eyes down on the trail in rocky areas. Beautiful hike with several safe swimming holes above the falls . Not many hikers, wildness all to ourselves.

we only made it to Camp Lake but it was great!

Good place to take your little ones for a hike and camping trip. It’s gets very packed with people on the weekends!

Not bad for a relatively close backpacking trip. It was beautiful, but the trail had significant detours and was hard to follow in places (I had to backtrack a few times). The lake was stunning, the waterfall was moving. I camped out next to the river and it was really glorious.
I left some waypoints so hopefully others don’t get quite as lost.

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip with 8 in mid September 2017. Perfect hike for some first time backpackers that were on the trip. The trail is well marked and there are plenty of scenic spots to stop. We started around noon and made it to camp leisurely far before sunset. The southeast side of Bear Lake was pretty crowded since we started late. We continued clockwise off trail to the northeast side of the lake and were able to find a nice, secluded spot to camp.

Spent the Friday night before an Pinecrest campground, a great campground 30-40min drive from the trailhead.

backpacking
4 months ago

easy trail to bear lake, great trip for dogs! Campsites were pretty filled up by saturday, so i’d suggest leaving early friday morning.

Just went this past weekend with my 9 year old. We had a great time and would definitely come back again. Day 1: Crabtree TH to Bear Lake, Day 2: Bear Lake to Granite Lake, Day 3: Granite Lack back down to Crabtree TH

Just tried to hike to this lake. The trailhead was hard to find because of no visible signs. 4 rattle snakes were spotted on the trail so we didn’t go as far back to the falls. We camped at the lake for two nights and that was nice. There is a nice little camp set up along the trail that we took advantage of.

Took my 3 pre teens on this hike from Thursday to Saturday. We stayed at the mostly empty campground at trailhead on Thursday night. I recommend filling your bottles up at the bridge, cuz there aren’t any clean water sources after it. It’s 3.5 miles of predominantly uphill, and I could tell that was all the kids could do. Bear
Lake is loaded with fish, and my boys had fun casting lures. Dry wood is limited at Bear Lake, so you got to hike for it. I recommend avoiding the weekend, since there were tons of people heading in, when we were heading out. A great hike that we will surely do again in a few years.

Beautiful hike. We did it on a Sunday and most folks were backpackers heading back to their cars. It was very hot on the way back.

Awesome trail! I've never hiked the full 11 miles, but usually hike 8-9. Still a great time and enjoy hanging out at the river with friends.

backpacking
5 months ago

I returned to this trail on 5/11-5/12, during that time it was cold and very windy we only made it to Camp Lake, i still love this trail seeing as it is only about an hour and 30 from my house.

Just did a day hike to bear lake with my 70 year father. It is a relatively easy trail with some elevation gains. We reached the lake in about 1.5 hours. We are planning on doing some longer over night hikes on Crabtree.

Amazing place. Camped at Camp lake Friday night (rolling fog, mostly wet) and then went on to Bear Lake. There are more to see to this wilderness and can’t wait to explore more.

Day hiked from Crabtree Trailhead to Bear Lake and back on Memorial Day. Not surprisingly, there were lots of people on the trail the whole way. Great hike though. Unlike what a previous poster said, there were no mosquitoes. Not a single one. Trail was a bit muddy and mushy in places but not bad, and none of the small stream crossings were difficult.

backpacking
5 months ago

Awesome trail! Went for an overnight backpacking trip a week ago. Towards Bear Lake the trail was covered with the fallen trees and melted snow from winter and was a little bit hard to follow but wasn’t hard to maneuver around it. Some elevation gain but not difficult. Beautiful views along the trail, and a small river along most of the hike. There are a lot of good spots to camp along the lake with some fire pits. We had some hail and rain for a few hours once we set up camp but it passed through. Definitely a great overnight spot to camp!

backpacking
5 months ago

Bring lots of insect repellant, the mosquitoes are ruthless and have carried off small pets

backpacking
Saturday, October 28, 2017

We went out for backpacking and fishing for 2 nights, 3 days. Fun trail, seen some wildlife. Beautiful views and lakes. Not too successful with the fish tho. lol

backpacking
Monday, October 02, 2017

Great hike, just backpacked it Sept. 29 - october 1st, fun hike for all levels of hiking experience

backpacking
Friday, September 15, 2017

south trail has larger and more creek crossings than north trail

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