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hiking
7 hours ago

Great, brief hike. Keep a close eye on the small beaches at the base of the cliffs below, I saw numerous seals, but they’re easy to miss. Also saw several mule deer. Wish the desire paths weren’t all prohibited, however.

great views from the top i only came back once but been thete serval times taking different longer rounts

hiking
6 days ago

this Trail is pretty much all uphill with a few breaks and not any switchbacks and is out and back ...completed this hike not very many stops in about 3. my recommendation is to bring good traction shoes with trekking poles especially going back down if you reach the top of Castle Peak. A lot of loose Rock. I would definitely go again but with someone who was more adventurous and would be willing to stop to take some pictures. stunning views but be ready for sudden changes in weather especially going in October/ November

Great views! Would not consider it difficult rating “hard”. We brought our 5 year old who was able to do the entire hike. Really enjoyed seeing the cows grazing along the trail. Nice parking lot with decent bathrooms and dogs allowed on leash.

snowshoeing
8 days ago

Did the loop on snowshoes the other day. Nice on snowshoes too.

hiking
10 days ago

This hike is sooo worth it. It offers a great view of the high Sierra for not being that strenuous.

AMAZING HIKE!!

Pros
-Great things to see the whole way up.
-Finding the trail was not too difficult.
-Everyone is very friendly on trail.

Cons
-Very rocky terrain the entire way. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes.
-Very steep and not easy. Make sure to stay hydrated, stretch, and pace yourself. I didnt do any of those and cramped up pretty hard. I was lucky people were nice enough to provide water and energy bars.

Some people brought their dogs. I thought the ground was too rocky and sharp for them. Not a good idea if your dog is not used to that.

Worth it! Just dont be an idiot like me and prepared.

hiking
15 days ago

Tough trail, not a warm-up by any means.

cross country skiing
15 days ago

Cross country skied to the peak and back in the afternoon. Great trail for skis as it's a very gradual slope.

Easy and fun hike and amazing 360 degrees view of Yosemite at the end. Loved it!

Great Hike! Dont underestimate the difficulty level. Took me 5 hours to get up and 3 to get down. Got to the car right as it was turning pitch black outside

walking
20 days ago

Short flat walk along the bluffs. Beautiful views and a couple of spots to get down to the beach if the tide’s in your favor. 2+ miles, we saw seals, pelicans, birds and bunnies.

hiking
23 days ago

Beautiful hills and weather, perfect for a Thanksgiving hike.

We will be back in spring! Don’t forget your goggles if you go in winter:) great hike for Thanksgiving Day, we brought snow shoes in with us. Great location, well marked, super wide trail :)

hiking
23 days ago

got this one knocked out right as it started to snow on November 21. I wish I had known that you are able to drive in the first 1.5 or so miles past the gate. Also checked out Andesite Peak on the way back.

The ideal introduction to hiking trails in Tahoe. Spectacular views begin almost immediately. Granite Lake, about half way up, is charmingly picturesque, and there are more stunning views nearing the saddle. You can stop and go back at any point and have a pleasant hike. You can do it in 3 hours but why not take longer and enjoy it.

Easy, fun, amazing views.

hiking
26 days ago

Make sure you recognize the elevation gain!! It’s almost straight up the whole way! Bring good shoes and lots of water. The view is absolutely worth it and the way back is easy.

hiking
27 days ago

Great easy short hike. Great views at the end from Lovers Leap looking down at the town of Strawberry, north towards horse tail falls, and all the peaks and forests in the surrounding area. We parked across highway 50 from Camp Sacramento. Good hike for kids, our 4yr old made it up and back on his own without any issues.

Great hike, lots of elevation gain. It took us and a dog about 3 hours there and back. Be aware that out and back is almost 6 miles to top of the peak. The view was incredible and worth it!

Hard at times due to continued climbing up, but it’s worth every step because of the amazing views at the very top.

This hike is amazing! Highly recommend! Dog friendly. Lake along the way for pups to swim and cool off.

hiking
28 days ago

I loved this trail. Very well maintained and there were informational signs (Ecology, geology facts) at most of the switchbacks. There was snow at the end of the trail; you had to cross it to get to the peak, but it was easy. Would definitely do this again. I was there in August 2018 and it was smoky, you could just barely see the top of Mount Shasta peaking out from a layer of smoke.

hiking
29 days ago

Mid-November 60 degree weather bluebird day. Riding the crest of the best that the Anthropocene has to offer. Get out there while you can ladies and gentlemen it’s going fast.

Great hike. It was a little longer, but worth every step. The most beautiful hike I’ve ever done. Go early in the morning to be beat the crowds. Brings at least 2 L of water if you’re an experienced hiker. Go all the way to the top! Definitely bring proper gear, food & plenty of water.

hiking
1 month ago

moderate to hard hike..harder on descent then cardio on way up as a lot of shale on trail..where as elevation gain is gradual..thighs will feel it on way down..trekking poles not my thing at this stage..but be sure of footing due to rocks..couple spots trail does somewhat disappear..but not hard to rediscover..fantastic weather for mid November and great views..at summit as well as ridgeline at start along fallen leaf lake..couple smaller lakes along way up for h20..but overall I would rate it moderate..and Jessie hope u were ok on descent..

Challenging hike. Wear proper gear and bring food, and water. When hiking in the fall or winter, start early or you will be hiking in the dark. It can take 5 to 7 hours to complete for an average hiker while taking time to appreciate the views of Lake Tahoe, Fall Leaf Lake and the surrounding evergreen forests

amazing artwork, easy terrain. we took kids as young as 3. totally worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike! Not to hard and a beautiful view of the park and the lakes at the top!

Great easy hike four our family. We have four kids ranging from age 11 years old to five months old. Everybody loved it. Trail walks right along the side of the lake. Beautiful views of lake and mt lassen

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