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hiking
22 days ago

Challenging with some snowy parts but well worth it

Great hike with never-ending lakes. Been up here many times! Watch for bears late in the season... I’ve seen a sow and two cubs from a distance in late August on this trail. Pack heat or spray accordingly.

This is a great one! Challenging, rewarding, with awesome beauty. It leaves you speechless at times.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous short hike to falls. Closer to 1 1/2 Miles. Easy. Mild elevation.

Good trail for family. We would like to go back in a few years after everything recovers from the burn a few years back....

Hard but definitely worth it. The last creek crossing is a bit unnerving but the logs are rather steady. The views are spectacular! The wild flowers are everywhere, the creek and various falls are picturesque, all culminating in the two lakes at the top. However basically the whole hike is very steep once you pass Pine Creek Falls which makes both up and down tiring. But for those who are willing to put in the work, you will be glad you came! Also, if you can, bring a camera. And I was able to camp to the right of the smaller lake near the more western stream that comes from the western part of the falls coming from the top of the lakes. As I had to carry all my gear for the night and I didn't have polls and I am a fairly small person, it took me 4 1/2 hours to get to the top and 3 1/2 hours to get down, but that was going slow, carrying a lot of weight and trying to be careful. The trail is well trafficed but not crowded, so yes you'll see people but you can still enjoy the lonliness of the woods. All together definitely worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

We absolutely loved this hike. The elevation change was a challenge but the views and lakes were well worth it. What a great hike!

2 months ago

good day hike good to be in the forest. took my five month old dog no leash she loved it. our first time. we will hit the basin lakes trail next time.

hiking
2 months ago

great views at first falls and as you hit switchbacks above 7000 feet. At the top, first small lakes are beautiful. Pine Creek Lake is behind last saddle. it is larger and shoreline is large boulders and rock. nice spot for lunch before descent.

The road is open to cars as of Sept 2018, gravel road in very good shape, low vehicles won't have a problem

hiking
2 months ago

once you get past pine Creek falls it's switchbacks and uphill hiking the rest of the way. It was definitely a workout and I had to take multiple breaks along the way.

We hiked this trail 8/22/2018 to Quinnebaugh Meadows, which is truly gorgeous, and from there up to Lake Mary. The trail starts through a couple miles of the 2008 Cascade Fire burn so it’s a harsh (and hot) landscape for a bit. The upside is that the trail is wallpapered with raspberry bushes so the going can be slow if you’re a picker. Then into the woods with a gradual incline and several spots to peek at the creek. The meadow is a beautiful place to have lunch and a rest. Then up — and up and up — the trail to Lake Mary; it’s a pretty hard ascent for a little more than a mile, but the views down to the valley are pretty spectacular. The lake itself is pretty enough but not amazing.

on Pine Creek Lake

hiking
2 months ago

It was a full day hike up and back. We enjoyed all the different incredible vistas on the way up and on the way back down. Hiking poles were key. Several waterfall views. Smoke in the valley hindered the long distance view, but the lake was spectacular, and worth the trip up.

Great Lake views on this trail. It is an easy walk and a relatively flat trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but the real beauty is in the first mile or two waking along the river. The views throughout are amazing but the lake at the end is slightly underwhelming. Still an amazing trail and very easy to do!

backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent trail with breathtaking scenery. Cool temperatures at the start beside the rapids. I recommend jeans or comfortable pants due to heavy foliage at certain spots. Trail is fairly busy for about the first mile. It is a horse trail as well, so watch for the droppings. I did the trek to the Flood Creek Bridge which is 10 miles round-trip. Small children may tire quickly within the first mile. Bring two bottles of water and some trail mix. Remember to bring all your trash back out with you. Happy Trekking!!!

Great, easy hike! Good for kids in the 7-13 range.

backpacking
3 months ago

My favorite place in the world- spent two nights and for the first (and probably only) time, had the lake to ourselves for a whole night. The bugs were minimal which is saying a LOT this year, but I’d still recommend bug spray.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike for dogs sine there is water the whole way. It is definitely steep but worth the climb as the lake is beautiful. Crowded on the weekends and a lot of dogs on the trail, some not so friendly. High recommend though!

An amazing hike up to a mountain lake with beautiful views of Paradise Valley as you hike. Took just under 5 hours with my Garmin recording a total hike of 9.38 miles.

very lovely hike. the lake can't really be called a lake, but on such a gorgeous day it was all stunning.

Great hike for everyone.

hiking
3 months ago

About 100 ft from the trailhead, make sure you turn right at the wooden post with a roughly carved "621". This is the real start of the trail. It heads right to the creek, which we forded with our river sandals. There was lots of snow this past winter so we had to wade up one of the creek's channels to find the trail on the other side. Trekking poles helped a lot, but the current really wasn't strong and only mid-calf deep. After the ford, you need to bushwack a bit through another 100 ft of willows, but again, not bad. The rest of the trail was lovely through the forest. Views of Crane Lake were fleeting, unless you want to hike down to shore. Soon you hear the creek rushing from Beauty Lake into Crane Lake and a small rocky outcrop grants a view of beautiful Beauty Lake. Not a soul in sight, even in July. Wildflowers abounding on the shore. Exquisite.

hiking
3 months ago

Hard Hike up but amazing when you get up there like you are in a different world. The hike back down is the worse though. Best hike ever!

It’s a hard hike up to the top but it is very much worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

The best hardest hike I’ve ever done but so worth it! We went up and back the same day. It’s a well traveled trail so I wasn’t as concerned about the bear presence. Take your walking poles!

Beautiful, well maintained trail system. The “refrigerator effect” from the rapids is refreshing for the first mile, and there’s some great lookouts when you leave the river bank a few miles in.

Good trail with a great payoff at the top. Especially good for hikers who need a shorter trail with a big incentive ( like your friend or family member that’s newer to hiking)

hiking
4 months ago

This is an excellent hike! After the initial waterfall, you’ll see a fast-flowing creek cascading down the canyon as well as a few more falls (one of which is even more impressive than Pine Creek Falls). You’ll also get great views of the peaks and the canyon from above. 5 miles in, you’ll reach the massive Pine Creek Lake.

The trail is rocky the whole way and gets steep after the falls. It also gets pretty overgrown at a creek crossing this time of year which can make it difficult to find the correct place to cross.

It is a moderately difficult trail with some particularly steep/rocky spots, but this hike is well worth the workout! If you don’t mind breaking a sweat, you can make it from the trailhead to the lake in 2 hours and make it back out in 1.5.

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