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hiking
14 hours ago

We loved this hike, loved the variety of terrain, and it was the highlight of our hiking in Tahoe. It's a steep start but hang in there. I was very glad to have my hiking sticks for both the steep up and steep down on the return. The longer gentle uphill return was very easy. There are so many beautiful views, one more gorgeous than the rest. For a slow time of year, it was pretty busy. I don't think this would be very enjoyable during high season. It's 10.5 miles r/t to Vikingsholm according to FitBit and Google Maps. Definitely recommend!

Can’t wait to come back in spring

21 hours ago

Gruelling hike up and down but well worth every bit of the effort. one of the most amazing and rewarding views in my 66 years on the planet

Love it... absolutely love it. Don't miss the strenuous hike to the top of Grinell glacier, that's the icing on the cake.

Best hike my wife and I have ever taken. Breathtaking views, shade, well marked, not a lot of traffic. Inspires us to continue getting in better shape so we can hike the full length out and back! Highlight of our Tahoe vacation so far!

One of the most beautiful hike in Kenai Pensilvania.

hiking
1 day ago

Moose and epic canyon views!!!

These two trails are awesome. Usually when I want to show someone Yosemite and bring them on a hike with me, I take them to these trails. Vernal falls is very amazing, especially in the late spring early summer. It has the most water late may! Taking the mist trail you get completely soaked. The first 1/2 mike of the trail is fairly easy, just lots of incline but on a paved path. The last part of it after the bridge is all stairs and water. So make sure you have boots that can track in water. Once you reach the top of vernal, you can relax on the pavement or choose to continue on to Nevada. Nevada is much harder to get to because it’s about 2-3 more miles of switchbacks. Bring lots of water for Nevada especially. These are 2 of my favorite trails in Yosemite!!!!

Although strenuous at times, the views and the path along the ridge of the mountain were breathtaking!

Start early in the morning (by 8am) to avoid crowds. We were there in mid-September and was not too crowded at that time, but was busy at the bottom when we were finishing up. Hard hike with a lot of vertical climb, but worth it for the views. Take the easier John Muir trail down for some added length and also for the views looking back at the falls you just climbed. Beautiful hike!

on Poo Poo Point Trail

hiking
4 days ago

awesome trail with beautiful view on top. definitely recommended.

Beautiful hike! I did the loop counter-clockwise too to keep the nice slop down from the top for the end. I did not know what to expect from the loop before going down Canon Brook trail, but I loved the river bed in the middle of the forest. It was worth going down and up again!

tough. would like to have had mile markers so we knew where we were.

Absolutely my favorite day hike ever!!!! The stairs to Vernal Falls were intense. Although still a challenge the hike to Nevada Falls was a bit strenuous. The view at the top was breathtaking. We were also able to see some climbers on Half Dome. Heading down via the John Muir Trail was a great choice, peaceful. This is a must do hike!

nature trips
8 days ago

Preface - I’m somewhat sedimentary gentleman from the lowlands of Missouri at around 950 ft elevation, work full time and go to grad school full time so not too active right now.

We took the Jenny lake ferry, saved some time and energy for the trail. When we took it 2 weeks ago the trailhead was in a different location from this map. The first mile or so was somewhat intense for me climbing up from the lake. You are in fairly dense vegetation, which is pretty, but the dividends pay out when you leave that portion and enter the canyon.

The remainder of the trail to the back of the canyon heading to the fork is worth the whole first mile of climb. The gradient is gradual along the canyon and the views are beyond amazing. We didn’t see any bears, we saw a lone moose, a couple of snakes, and bounds of squirrels and chip monks. Wild huckleberry bushes line the trail making adding for a nice delicious snack along the route.

We stopped at the fork and saw the waterfall at the back of the canyon and then turned back.

It took us around 4ish hours all in. We stopped for rest breaks along the way to rest our feet, enjoy the views, and for me catch my breath at altitude (mostly the first mile or so). We were getting passed along the way by others who could handle a faster pace, but it wasn’t a race and a quick hike wasn’t the point of the trail. Make sure to allocate time accordingly to enjoy your presence in the canyon, for a low, flatland Missouri boy these are views you might have never seen before, so you don’t want to rush it.

Other tips - wear proper footwear. I used trail runners with gaiters to keep pebbles out. It’s a very well maintained trail.

Bring plenty of water. I packed a 3 ltr water bladder and a 1 ltr Nalgene for electrolyte drink. My buddy who hikes 14’ers went with me with same rig. We both exhausted our water by the time we got back to the trailhead. For the most part I was sore but good to go at the end. I saw folks without water or with a small water bottle. It is remote up there and you don’t want to be in a situation 4 miles up trail without water. It’s easy to get exhausted up there, and getting dehydrated up there is risk on you and your hiking partners or other folks on the trail. It’s easy to pack a couple of liters of water in a backpack, and I highly suggest it.

Bring/wear sunscreen. We started around 10am, and by midday sun was overhead and beating down. Temperature was fine, but you could feel the the sun on any exposed skin.

Bring a snack. Not 100% necessary but 1) you’ll probably hike 10 miles or so car to car, and that’s not including if you chose to hike around the lake instead of taking the ferry. You might need some fuel along the way. 2) it’s nice to take a break at the back of the canyon and eat your snack. A halftime break off your feet and just enjoying the environment.

Bear spray. It’s bear country folks, and while we didn’t see any and there is plenty of foot traffic you are up in an area where a bear could be around the next turn. 50$ is a cheap insurance policy up there, and I saw plenty without any, but I kept mine ready the whole hike.

Another thing to note is the ferry stops running at 7. We saw folks starting out as we were coming back down thinking they had time to hike the trail.

That being said, stretch out, have a good breakfast, hydrate, and go for it. You won’t be disappointed at all.

Another semi-pro tip. Once you get back to the other side of Jenny lake, pop your shoes off and wade in the lake. It’s quite cold and feels amazzzzzing on your sore feet and legs. 5 minutes of a cold wade about knee deep was immensely better than popping an ibuprofen.

Dang my feet hurt! And my knees! Good thing this was a pretty hike! Saw like 8 marmots!! And the icefield, which was pretty cool too. Sept 11, 2018. 7.5 hr RT.

Very fun, but crowded hike. Go early to ensure fewer crowds. Gets pretty uphill towards the end

Hiked up to the divide of Cascade Canyon and Paintbrush Canyon, gorgeous view on the skyline.

Now my 2nd favorite hike in the nation. Sorry, it will be hard to beat the continental divide trail in northern Glacier NP. Due to the drought there were no falls flowing in the valley that we say. Vernal, Illouette and Nevada are flowing however. So let's get to the list.

Total of 7.4 miles in 5.5 hours. Tough trail is you are not in shape due to the elevation change in the short distance

1. Arrive early. We arrived at 7am at the public parking lot and it was already over 3/4 full.
2. The public parking is almost 1/2 mile to the trailhead
3. There is free shuttle service from all visitor centers so if the parking is full, just back up to another parking area, grab a shuttle and be dropped off at the trail head
4. the first mile is all asphalt and steep 10% +/- grade. Once you past the first bridge crossing the trail becomes more dirt and rock. However, the trail at one time was asphalt all the way up to Nevada Falls, That residual asphalt is smooth and slippery from sand so be sure your hiking shoes have good soles
5. Stairs to Vernal Falls. Who made those things/ The last 1/2 mile is practically all stairs and most are 12-18" high.
6.Vernal Falls is flowing. The pool above the falls is absolutely gorgeous but you cannot swim in it or slid a slick rock slide into it.
7. From Vernal to Nevada is mostly a rock path that has been laid down. I would not call it stairs but does have steps. Much easier
8. Nevada Falls is flowing as well.
9. You can swim the pool at the top of Nevada Falls.
10. We came down the John Muir Trail which involves nothing more than crossing the bridge above the falls and following the signs to the valley floor. It added about 1/2 mile but the trail was much easier, in the SHADE. but spots of old asphalt were slippery from sand
11. 2 separate bear encounters on the John Muir at less than 10 yards each. They were on the side of the trail eating acorns and could care less we were just yards from them.
12. Despite being the 2nd week of Sept, it was very busy coming down. People waited until late morning and it was a solid ant line of people coming up. However, most were visitors from other countries.

Enjoy

Great hike for my son and I. Challenging for me and my son (27)'was able to get a good workout in. Beautiful vistas...the hike back down was incredible. Come prepared with plenty of water.

on Rubicon Trail

hiking
10 days ago

This is the most beautiful trail I’ve ever hiked in Northern California! Absolutely recommend & will definitely be doing again!

Nice hike! But' I'd suggest going up to lake solitude if going that route!

Did it today. Good Lakeviews and well maintained one. You have to pay to enter the park. There are places where you can get into the lake near emerald bay.

When you get off the boat you need to take the trail on the right, other trail is closed at inspiration point

on Rubicon Trail

11 days ago

Awesome trail. One of my favorite hikes.

Great hike! Completed in around 3 hours roundtrip. Wasn't difficult at all! Loved it!

Loved the way up to this beautiful mountain with ocean backdrop and cool breeze. While coming down I took the A Murray Trail and went almost 2.3 miles off of south ridge trail. I was literally the only one on the trail. Too much elevation gain when merging to South Ridge trail. As this is my third hike today after beehive and precipice foot hurts so bad. But the views from the top are amazing. There are loads of people once you get to the top and there is an eco store on the summit.

gorgeous hike. majority of the time it feels like you are climbing the stairs to Mordor. nice views of Nevada falls after Vernon falls on the way up. The view of half dome is great on the way down the John Muir trail. you can see liberty cap, half dome, and Nevada falls at the same time. walking 1 mile past nevada falls to towards half dome is relatively flat and has a nice view of half dome, backside of liberty cap, and follows the river and is a good way to add some distance/time to the hike.

in September the hike started at 47 degrees at 8am and it was 96 when we left the valley floor at 1:30. highly recommend doing it early as the trail was less populated in the fall on a Friday.

Spectacular hike! Starts fairly wooded, at the Meadows overlook breaks out into open territory and beautiful alpine meadows. Every stop off provides a beautiful view, so don’t feel shortchanged if you can not make it the entire way up. We climbed to Top of the Cliffs and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Icefield, glacier, even a black bear grazing on berries about 200 yds away. Plenty of people on the trail but good to bring bug and bear spray just in case. Took about 4 hours round trip, but we took our time and picked raspberries and blueberries along the way :) a must do for anyone visiting the area.

hiking
13 days ago

Didn’t make it far, detoured. But was a nice hike while it lasted.

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