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hiking
20 days ago

Stunning views and good reward for the effort. I would not do this hike in hot weather though.

camping
24 days ago

My first backpacking trip. First 5-6 miles are relatively easy. Last mile is 1000 ft straight up. Nice trail. Nice little hot spring at the top. We had 3 deer with us for a few hours in the camp.

The views on this hike are spectacular! The Rim Overlook is breathtaking. Once you get over another ridge and find The Castle it is absolutely stunning as well. Would definitely recommend this hike. I went in October so it was not that hot. However the hike has little to no shade, so go early or at a cooler time of the year. The only thing that makes this hike hard is the length. The incline is not bad.

walking
1 month ago

The first overlook is stunning, with sheer cliffs that overlook the main road and let you gaze down the waterpocket fold. The view from the knobs gives a different view, not quite as stunning, but very worth it. I would rate this trail as moderate. Besides the heat, it is not very difficult.

i gave this 5 for people with any age kids or teens. being able to mess around in the cold water whenever you want is perfect!!

One of my favorite hiking spots. The scenery is amazing!

Hiked it with my 2.5 year old and some friends it was amazing! A few sources of water along the way and peaceful.

Hiked this yesterday with my daughter. The climb out was pretty strenuous. But, well worth it. Very beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail. Elevation gains aren’t too bad. The hardest Park is coming back up through the switch backs in the fir forest right before you get to the lake. Beautiful views. The trail is actually 8.2 miles according to my gps, if that matters. Trail is clearly marked. Bring plenty of water/ sunscreen and hat if doing a day hike because there are large portions of the trail with no shade. Great/little hike! The gps took us to wrong place. Just follow Tony Grove rd all the way to the end. It was $7.00 to park.

Be prepared for a long uphill hike with no water. Take at least 3-liters, maybe 4. This is an epic hike, if you make it all the way. The views ARE phenomenal from the Navajo Knobs. You can see parts of Capitol Reef that only a helicopter can see. Go early to beat the heat and the thunderstorms. Rated Hard due to the exposure, lack of water, and distance. Last little scramble was well marked with cairns, as was the entire trail.

We had the whole hike and lake to ourselves. It was beautiful

We had two cars and parked one at the start and one at the end so the trip only ended up being 7 miles. Went for Labor Day weekend and it was a little busy but not bad. Great views, insane arch, and massive canyons. Some of the best of Capitol Reef! Bring a full meal for the arch you’ll be hungry.

pretty easy trail between 7.5-8 miles. mostly flat. the hardest part is going back up once you get to the lake! there were TONS of cows and sheep everywhere though so watch out

hiking
2 months ago

Great views all along the hike. Very exposed to elements, so be prepared. Took us 4 hours there and back with a couple of small stops along the way.

off road driving
2 months ago

Rode to the hot springs on my dirt bike on August 24, 2018. First time checking out Bear Creek. Approx. an hour and 20 minute single track ride to the springs from the trailhead with a few stops along the way to soak in the scenery. The river valley is beautiful and lots of beaver dams throughout. Creek wasn’t too difficult to cross as it was late in the season but imagine it is a challenge in spring and early summer. Had to cross maybe 5 or 6 times. Still a good foot of crystal clear water and 15-20 feet wide in some places. Surprised at the flow for this late in the year. Pretty steep climb at about 6 miles in where ya turn east to head up the mountain. The 450 motor made the climb easy but it would be a thigh burner for those hiking. Once up the mountain, after a 1/2 mile or so from the creek, stay left where the trail forks. Soaked in the hot springs for a bit which was a perfect temperature, maybe 95 to 100 degrees. Very peaceful and had the place to myself. There’s also a cold spring flowing out of the mountain another 100 yards to the east which was pretty cool to see too. Good spot to filter some water if needed. Lots of room and flat areas to camp adjacent to the springs. Highly recommend a visit :-)

hiking
2 months ago

Uphill. Both ways! The only hike that gives a true panorama of the whole park. Best part of it, less than ten people on the hike. Great if you want a workout with some solitude.

Bring more water than you think you will need. 3L were gone before I knew it.

Fantastic 3-day trip in the Winds! Rather than taking the little jaunt north to Cook Lakes as seen in the AllTrails map, I highly recommend summitting Mount Lester. We camped at Little Seneca Lake on night 1 after hiking from the popular Elkhart TH. Day two we hiked just past Pole Creek Lakes on this loop, and we climbed Mount Lester (12,324 ft) as we came across Lester Pass on the Highline Trail. A fun moderate climb to the top, ascending from the Southwest. A few scrambles, but nothing crazy. Then we hiked back out from Pole Creek Lakes on day three. Beware a couple stream crossing that required wading (never more than knee deep), and the area is quite buggy, so bring spray. Encountered one black bear at camp while sleeping, but no issues other than rolling our bear canister around a bit before moving on. The second half of this loop was pretty lightly trafficked, while Elkhart is quite busy. All in all, a fantastic three day backpacking trip.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Went for a quick morning hike, great trail, lake is beautiful! Paved road to nice parking lot.

on White Pine Lake Trail

2 months ago

The spectacular wildflowers and lovely lake at the end of the trail make this one a "must do". Went on a Saturday, and had lots of company. Low on solitude, but high on friendly people enjoying Mother Nature's gifts

backpacking
2 months ago

The first 6 Miles were not bad but the last mile and a half to the hot springs had me wishing for death! You gain about 1000 feet in elevation in under a mile. I would suggest making it in two separate stints. Do the 6 Miles in and camp at the base of the mountain one night and do the steep portion the next morning. It’s nice because you follow the creek the whole time, make sure to bring a water filter.

backpacking
3 months ago

A great 1 or 2 day backpacking adventure! My wife and I did a 2 day trip 20 years ago and I just took 2 of my kids (wife was nice enough to stay back with the younger kids). Great wildflowers and not too difficult with a pack. Don't count on fish for dinner as they seem to be picky. This area seems surprisingly popular for fishing 4 miles in.

backpacking
3 months ago

Backpacked to this beautiful spot. Worth it.

Backpacked this trail with a group of 12, ranging in age from 11 yrs old to 50, and was a nice variety of difficulty for all. Enjoyed the campground and cooler/cleaner air. Plenty of trees for setting up hammocks as half the group opted to do that. Plan on 2 hrs each way. Many wild flowers, but a couple weeks sooner would've been better. Overall, great hike.

What a fantastic backpacking trail to take four young teenaged grandkids. We had a wonderful two days and a great hike. The weather is fantastic in July, I was even too warm for sleeping!

hiking
3 months ago

5h To climb and come back with breaks
for take picture. trail and hiking easy . but the afternoon the temperature it.s very hot in summer...

Only one hill on the way back but otherwise an easy and beautiful hike. Surprised at all the wildflowers. Lake is really pretty.

This was a good, moderate hike in length and difficulty. The flowers were beautiful! Would be a fun place to hike in and camp overnight.

Awesome hike! Did on a weeknight and had the trail primarily to ourselves. Not too tough, great views and great little campgrounds near White Pine Lake. Definitely need to do it again and stay overnight!

Good hike for those looking for a mix between easy but worthwhile. Great hike to go on with friends. Gone about three separate times myself. Never a dull moment.

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