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hiking
13 hours ago

Anyone interested in a car swap on Saturday August 25? We are from Bozeman (group of 5 or 6) and could start at either end. If interested, shoot me a message. Thanks! russellronda52@gmail.com

Great hike/experience! A friend and I hiked this from August 10 to 13th, 2018. Definitely a hike you can take your time in doing and spend time relaxing on the beach and taking in breathtaking views. We however only had 4 days off to do it.

Starting at noon on the 10th we hiked to Cullite, got in late (~8:30 am)
Next day we started late (~12:30 pm) and hiked to Cribs arriving at ~9 pm after spending time hanging out at Chez Monique's and on the beach before the campsite.
Next day we left at ~10:30 am and got into Tscowis after spending all day going slow and swimming/eating dinner at Tsusiat Falls
Final day we hiked from Tscowis (starting at ~7:00 am) to the trailhead by ~12:30 pm

This is definitely a difficult hike, but doable in 3 days (2 full days, 2 half days) if you have time restrictions. I don't know why this hike is tagged buggy. It's only buggy at one or two spots on the hike but otherwise I didn't get any bites.

The only drawbacks to doing this hike is the cost -- the permit fees are high and you have to pay a park fee, parking, and for two ferry crossings. It's about $270 CDN for just the hike/permits/parking/ferries on the trail.

You should book early (Jan 8th) if you want to pick your dates. That said, I booked 2 weeks before heading out on the trail as cancellations happen and if your party size is small you can find some openings.

backpacking
16 hours ago

Great place to backpack for the first time. Definitely worth the effort to make it up to a beautiful lake. Our trail was about 8 miles there and 8 miles back. The lake was clear enough for you to see the bottom and was pure enough for you to even drink (we filtered our water.) Must come with family and friends and bring a chair for star gazing. We decided to take the water taxi back to enjoy the lake and view. It was 14 dollars and person and you can either pay with cash or card when you get back to the main dock.

backpacking
17 hours ago

Great trail, easy to follow and well maintained. The first 11km to whitehorn shouldn't be underestimated as it has lots of little hills. The hike to emperor falls is challenging with a pack but not bad at all with some nice viewpoints for breaks.
The campsite at emperor falls along the water is beautiful (and loud). After that it's very straight forward.

Just finished hiking 13-17, no mosquitos but lots of black flies (specially at emperor falls). Smoke is pretty bad and obstructed alot of the scenery but at least it didn't rain

hiking
17 hours ago

Hard to believe this was just under 5 miles. It's very steep at the end, so you really just need to take your time. But this hike really has everything. It's beautiful to walk through the forest and see some lakes, beautiful wildflowers, and occasional deer. Then it gets fun when you scramble across some avalanche slides and then head up for what seems like an endless amount of time. Eventually, you get to the final summit which is mostly just climbing on a lot of big rocks, every one of which will shift, slide, or roll as you step on it, so WATCH YOUR FOOTING. The trail, as it almost always is, is a little harder to find on the way up, but if you just look for the big cairns and generally head up, you'll get there no problem. Views from the top are amazing with snow-capped mountains throughout the park still in August.

hiking
18 hours ago

Beautiful, awesome, scary, hard and fun. Everything you would want in a summit hike. It took us 14 hours from parking lot trail head to summit and back to trail head. Keyhole Route is physically challenging, especially after hiking the six miles to the start of the route.

nature trips
1 day ago

Such a beautiful hike, a bit long and exhausting but well worth it all. The falls inside the caves at the end are amazing and refreshing after that long hike.
Remember the trail back or you might get lost or turned around. A bit tricky towards the end but it’s doable.

The best time of my life. We underestimated this hike (September of 2017). We had just did Mt. Whitney and Nevada's high point, boundary peak the month prior. So we figured it will be a relatively easier, strenuous hike. We woke up, went and got some breakfast thinking a late start would be ok, it is only 11 miles in. Got to the trail head at 9 and got to kalalau beach at 430. We stopped a lot to enjoy, sit in the streams, take pictures, and enjoy the views. The heat is what made it tough going in. Mile 6 going in is the best place to get water before mile 10.5. Fill up all your water at the last stream before you cross it to get to the beach. There is plenty of campsites, so do not pick your first walk. I know you will be tired but just walk a few hundred more yards. There is a couple sites elevated right off of the sand, with the best ocean views. Make sure to bring a hammock. After a long hike in, set up Camp, brought some whiskey down to the beach for sunset and while the sun was setting I proposed to my best friend. Could not have planned a better proposal. be sure to stay for 3 nights. Hike in to kalalau valley too. There is guava every where. swimming holes too. We started the hike back to the parking lot leaving kalalau. each at 430 A.m. We wanted to beat the heat, and that we did. We made it back in 5.5 hours. The most perfect place on earth. We cannot wait to go back.

Thought I was just going to be wandering along the beach, was a lot more enjoyable than I expected. The overland routes were a great surprise. We got lucky in that it was sunny and good weather in the 50-60 range.

Would have brought trekking poles and gloves as was recommended. The beach footing was every type—sand, pebbles, mid and large river rock, boulders, igneous type and low tide had seaweed.

Awesome. I hope I get back there sometime!

Have done this loop on previous trips with friends as a 3 day backpacking trip. During the last one I ran into two 60 year old women doing this as a single day hike. I was stunned, but it got me thinking, so I came back on August 9, 2018 and did the loop as a one day hike by myself. I did it clockwise with a light pack of about 10 pounds. It was a little warm and just a few sprinkles at sunset, but otherwise the weather and the trail were perfect. It did take me all day and I was pretty tired at the end, but felt good enough to drive the hour back to Glenwood Springs. I am in awe of the people who can run this loop. I will be 70 on my next birthday.

Hiked on 7/22. Hiked up in dark to reach Ice Lake for sunrise. Breathtaking for both effort and for the scenery. Wildflowers and the turquoise blue color of the lake were wonderful. Went up to Island Lake after, which was also beautiful.

Hiked this on 7/21. Was very beautiful. Hiked up in the dark to get above lower Blue Lake for sunrise. It was amazing. Eventually got up to highest lake. Wildflowers not as profuse as wetter years but they were still great.

Monday 8/20/18 Got to the trailhead right at sun up with just a few cars in the parking lot. I think all were people who were staying at the lodge. My wife and I both 30 years of age have only done short 2-3 mile hike back in Ohio but we decided to go all in on this one. AllTrails said 10 miles but my Fitbit tracked 15 miles. We made it to the summit in 4.5 hours including a nice breakfast break at the bluffs. The views along the way to the top were amazing I had never seen anything like it. I was kind of disappointed when we reached the summit because it was just a pile of rocks, no overlooking views but nonetheless it was an incredible hike. Took 3 hours to make it back down.

backpacking
1 day ago

This is an absolutely spectacular backpacking trip in the Sierras. Old growth forests, massive granite walls, alpine lakes, mountain pass, rivers....everything. We just completed the counter clockwise loop in 4 days. We spend the first night at Vidette meadow.
We started around 9am, got to Junction meadow at 4ish, decided it was worth it to push up to Vidette (after a bit of rain in Junction). So glad we did that, made day 2 a lot shorter and more time at Rae lake, which we arrived on the second day at noonish. Glen pass is tough either way you go. Rae Lakes is stunning and I found out why so many people told me this is one of their favorite places on the JMT.
The hike out of Rae descends into the canyon, and you will be exposed to the hot sun, nearly the entire way to upper paradise. We didn't leave Rae until 9am because we were drying out our gear in the sun from the heavy morning dew. I wish we left earlier and just packed a wet tent.
Upper paradise is shaded, heavily treed and beautiful. We had a small bear waltz through camp that evening. We got up early on day 4 and made it to the car by 1030.

I prefer to CCW direction, however many said they prefer the CW route. I like to get the elevation out of the way and then rest at Rae and head down hill, instead of climbing out of Rae lakes, just my take.
Few things:
-The bugs are swarming along the first 5 or so miles in each direction. GET A BUG NET...Seriously.....
-Start hiking early each day to avoid afternoon monsoons or HOT sunny weather.
-no issues with any crossings (the water is shin deep where the bridge is out)

I have been on dozens of backpacking trips throughout the sierras and this is one of my favorites.

backpacking
1 day ago

Anyone looking to do a keyswap/carswap around 8/26? We are wanting to go in on the 26th and out on the 1st. Ideally going in at Island Lake and out of East Rosebud but could go vice-versa or if easier we can drive to Cooke City to leave a car and then go out East Rosebud. Email me justin.lewis@knights.ucf.edu

Open to other options too potentially.

What an amazing accomplishment. we summited whitney June of last year. after a big snow season, the switchback were still not open (completely covered in snow) Had to out on spikes and climb straight up 2,000 ft. Met two gentleman on the summit which were doing the PCT. It was only us 4 up there that early. Coming down the scree was so fun. Glissading down 2,000 was a blast. Not so much for my fiance as she was yelling at me in fear. All in all, not bad at all. as a day hike it would kick anyone's ass, backpacking and staying at trail Camp, the hike was not too bad. Until you come back to your car and your car battery is dead.

The best trail I’ve taken in Alaska so forth. It was very cloudy and windy so the views were not that spectacular but once you reach Portage Lake, glacier view is very impressive. The first up is steep and exhausting but it is worth the effort.

Easily one of my favorite hikes to date. Arrived around 10 am on a September day, only one other car in the lot. Steep and rocky at the beginning but after that it is quite easy. Got to the top of the ridge and it was breath taking seeing the glacier for the first time. We got there and it was foggy which added a mystique aspect to the trailhead. With the fog and surrounding mountains, it seemed like the trail was from a fairytale.

Hiked on Aug. 16, 2018.
TIPS/COMMENTS
(I won't go over food or water here since so many reviewers have already stressed the importance of both).

Amazing hike! Absolutely beautiful! Next time, I want to backpack!
Favorite part: Going up the 99 switchbacks as the sun started to rise. Least favorite part: the section from Trail Crest to End of Pinnacles. This part is technical. Lots of slippery rocks.

Definitely rid your vehicle of anything scented. I saw a bear at the trailhead right by a parked car.

Leaving at 12:15 AM was worth it. The night sky was special and it remained dark until the 99 switchbacks. The darkness actually made time go by very fast.

I noted on my map the time it would take us to get from point to point according to a 9 hour ascent time and an 11 hour ascent time. This was so HELPFUL and MOTIVATING. For example, on my map I noted that the segment from Whitney Portal to North Fork Lone Pine Creek should take 30-35 min. Which meant that arrival time should have been between 12:45-12:50 AM. I highly recommend doing this. Breaking this hike into small goals worked!

If you're hiking in the dark like we did, don't wait to fill up on water until Trail Camp. The water isn't easy to find in the dark. Instead, fill up beforehand. Also, just know that the water is cold and your hands will probably get wet.

Finding some privacy to pee wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

I would recommend wearing pants. At times, I needed all warm layers: long-sleeve, fleece, hat, gloves, etc.

Changing into a fresh pair of socks at the summit felt great.

I popped 600 mg. of ibuprofen at the start of the hike. I heard that it can help to alleviate elevation sickness. As for elevation sickness, I was perfectly fine until I started to descend. Maybe I should have popped more ibuprofen on the way down. I think I might have stayed at the top for too long ( 1 hour and 40 minutes). I got a headache and a tiny bit of nausea that made descending for the first few hours suck. I had to get well past Trail Camp before I started to feel better.

In hindsight, a pack cover wouldn't have been a bad idea. While descending, I got caught in a thunderstorm just after Trail Camp that drenched my pack.

Enjoy the descent. It is going to feel endless, so might as well slow down a bit and take in the fresh mountain air.

Other reviews capture this quintiessential Colorado hike. Majestic views, turquoise lake, rewarding hike.

This was the most beautiful hike I have been on to date. Even though I have read the reviews, I could not really imagine the amount of pristine, huge mountain lakes, streams and waterfalls. I hiked with my 2 teens and we started at noon on Saturday (18th) and came out at 6pm on Sunday (19th). The mosquitoes were hardly a problem. But we did get hit by heavy rain, some thunder (never saw lightning) and low temps. We weren't quite prepared for that and had to camp earlier than expected on Saturday because we didn't have gloves or hats. Otherwise, the weather was perfect. Definitely add this to your "must do" list if you haven't yet hiked it.

One of the most beautiful hikes in the area!

Beautiful and worth the trek. Avid hikers, but 20lb+ of backpack adds a whole new element to it. Arrived at 730p Friday and Hiked 2 miles in the dark. The next day we hiked 16 miles (ended just before Frigid Pass). Last day we finished the remaining. Plowed through it based on time we had. Would have loved a leisurely 4 day backpack, but if can be done in 2 days. DEFINITELY recommend doing it counter clockwise. My guess is everyone wants to ease into it w a gradual climb on day 1, but it’s worth doing Buckskin pass 1st!Pays off later. Low 40s/high 30s at night. No bugs. Had a 1/2 day of relentless rain. Hand warmers were key! Hammock camped both nights, and even with some rain I was a happy camper! Was not overwhelmed by the amount of people on the trail. Surprised there wasn’t more actually. Very rewarding!! But bed feels good now.

hiking
2 days ago

One of the best lakes in the Rockies !! Totally worth the visit.

good views on the back side of the mountain theres some rock climbing after the keyhole but a good hike

Can’t give it 5 stars because of all the people and horse poo on the trail. Would not recommend the short cut after gunnison pass as rock slides are very easy to trigger. Good water source in valley right before the final climb to Kings. Shoulda got 2 liters there but only got 1.

I feel a great sense of accomplishment for my 10 year old daughter, who was the only kid on the trail to Chasm lake today. It was a great hike! So lucky to see a moose, out of nowhere, crossed the trail in front of us. It was scary and amazing at the same time! We waited a few long minutes for the clouds over Long’s peak to blow away. It got so windy but we came prepared and finished the hike.

must see if you’re near Seward

hiking
2 days ago

Today’s weather (8/19) was not perfect at all. Snowing on the summit. We did it in 5 hrs.

What an incredible hike. It’s strenuous with lots of elevation gain, but so beautiful. A few water crossings and amazing sights along the way. We took our time and stayed at the lake and Island lake for about 30-45 minutes each. Definitely a must see!

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