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hiking
2 days ago

I hiked Weaver Saturday 11/10. Great trail. Nice easy day hike. I wish I started a little earlier though. I didn’t get to the trailhead until after 12:30pm. It would’ve been cool to have had more time to hangout at the lake. There is so much to see up there! The only reason this one didn’t get 5 stars from me is because the smoke from all the surrounding fires has left a thick haze

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail 11/3/2018. Wonderful day hike. Started at 10 am, it was about 58 degrees. Took 1 hour 10 minutes for me to reach the lake. Steady uphill climb, with beautiful views along the way. Beautiful quiet lake. About 64 degrees by the time I reached the lake. Spent about 1 hour 30 minutes there. I did a little catch and release fly fishing....no luck, but it was a great time. Others at the lake had dogs who seemed to really enjoy the water! Hike down took about 1 hour. I can definitely see doing the loop trail as a 3-4 day backpacking trip.

We had planned to do the entire loop but after Watch Tower the track got rocky, narrow and very steep sided. We had checked before hand but no comments said “if you are afraid of heights, give this a miss”. We walked half a km past the Tower but then turned back. It’s beautiful but if heights worry you, take another trail. We didn’t make it to the lake, just back tracked down. This trail was closed today but we were among 30 other hikers doing it. Amazing views. Definitely a must for the ones who like heights. And take water, so many people take these trails with a tiny bottle or nothing and wearing sneakers- ????

This is a great day hike! It is not too steep or hard of a hike up to a rewarding view. Only took me 45 minutes to get to the lake where I sat and enjoyed Weaver, ate some lunch, and soaked in the sunshine. The hike back down was just as quick. I parked at the Fox Meadows trailhead. The road to get there wasn't terrible, but could be a little sketch for some. Honestly wishing I had started from Big Meadows trailhead to get a longer hike out of the deal but I didn't know they connected beforehand. Looking forward to doing the loop to Jennie sometime!

on Weaver Lake Trail

hiking
9 days ago

Lovely walk with stunning clear lake at the end. Went start of November so trail was very quite. Small incline all the way to the lake but not tough at all. The walk took us 4.5 hours but we stopped for a while (probs 45 mins) at the lake to relax and also walked round the lake. Round the lake there is no clear trail so have to climb over rocks through small bushes but isn’t too difficult. There are toilets at the trailhead and decent amount of parking

Definitely a favorite hike of mine!

Very fun trail. There is currently a sign at the hump trail and watchtower trail fork that says watchtower trail is icy. While it definitely is through winter and maybe into summer, it’s all melted. No worries there, so don’t miss out on the amazing views it has to offer. Very nice one or two nighter.

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked up to Weaver lake, started at 10 am and got there at about 12pm. The hike it self is pretty easy. The trail is marked all the way. Beautiful sight of the lake as you reach the end of the trail. Trout were biting, did a bit of catch and release. It was the weekend so it started to get pretty crowded about 3pm. Would like to backpack around the lakes next time.

Awesome little hike! First mile gets you broke in pretty well, after crossing the creek and getting into the wooded area, it’s fairly easy going. Take your time, remember your up over 9k ft elevation and still climbing! Did not make it up to Upper Monarch as I got a late start and I was running out of daylight. Logged just over 10 miles and the entire hike took me about 4.5 hours. Awesome views of the Mineral King Valley.

backpacking
26 days ago

Easy trail and well marked. The lake is beautiful and plenty of trout to catch. Camping in the area was nice but was crowded for the weekend, it emptied out after Sunday night. Good trail for beginners with a gradual elevation gain the entire way to the lake. No bug problems either.

Hiked to Jordan hot springs and camped overnight! My friend and I were the only ones there. The hot spring was nice and hot and perfect for soaking in. Hiked back up to the trailhead the next day. Not gonna lie.... it was a pretty tough hike back up. Wish I coulda stayed there one extra day. Overall, it was a great hike with lots of neat spots to go off trail and explore.

backpacking
30 days ago

Highly recommend trekking poles if you have a heavy pack. If you’re staying overnight there is a bear box and latrine (albeit without an enclosure) at the lower monarch lake. When we overnighted we were informed there were no open fires allowed above 9,000’ so plan accordingly. Beautiful views and a beautiful little lake, you’ll probably see other people there during the day at least.

So the reviews made here were very useful in completing my hike yesterday. The filter idea was great, a must especially if it is hot, but also you need to drink a lot on the way back to stay hydrated. Insects were not a problem like they are down in the Canyon. I took the Hump trail on the way back thinking it would be easier than just repeating my way around watchtower, biggest mistake of my hike. I missed the views on the way back and the grade up and then down was not what my legs wanted on the way back. Saw trout, many Chipmunks and Pikas gathering cones and seeds, not too many birds. It was supposed to snow the next day which is why I made the effort on this day. This is a truly awesome not to be missed hike, should have led with this. Go for the views especially of the lake with the mountain backdrop. I saw only 6 people the whole time I was on the trail which was both welcoming and a little worrisome, as I was hiking and doing photography on my own. I know know what the "Sounds of Silence" are as this hike will take you there.
Virtual Treadmill video of this hike can be seen on my YouTube Channel, copy and paste link below to watch it. Thanks.

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nice little hard hike lol

TLDR: Moderate climb to the pass. Everything else is fairly flat. Sandy trail surface for at 2/3 of the hike. Some rocks on the climb to the pass. Plenty of water in the lake.

Nice easy hike to do for acclimation before knocking out Whitney or Langley. My GPS showed about 11200ft at the lakeside. I was surprised by the view at the top of the pass. I'm used to having to work my butt off to get that kind of view.

This has to be one of my favorite hikes. We took the lollipop route on the Lakes trail and made the trip up to the Watchtower before heading onto Heather Lake. We then took the Hump trail back to the parking lot. It was a total of 9.2 miles and 2,326 total elevation. The views from the Watchtower are stunning and the drop off from the edge down to Tokopah Valley is scary yet exhilarating. Heather Lake is a small alpine lake and a nice place to have lunch. I’m really glad we took the Hump trail down and didn’t attempt climbing up. It was pretty steep downhill with lots of loose gravel. Best part of the hike were the views from the Watchtower. Pictures don’t do justice to the immense grandeur.

This is such a wonderful hike. It is difficult, with the first mile and a half being the hardest and most exposed. It's also the worst part when returning - steep, hot, and your feet are dying to rest. We clocked in 11.3 miles on this hike, not 8.4, but we also went to the upper monarch lake as well (worth it). This was a surprisingly shady hike for the most part and the water at Monarch is very cold but refreshing. We had the first lake to ourselves for close to 30 minutes and it was wonderful. Love that the Mineral King area has relatively few visitors compared to the main part of the park. Just a note, the trail splits at one point and the other trail leads to Crystal lake. That is an unmaintained trail. So if you don't feel like dealing with some scrambling, I recommend doing Monarch instead.

The trail is beautiful but be advised that the Casa Vieja backpackers campground is on a meadow that is frequented by herds of cattle. They moo loudly all night long and defecate near the creek. If you can plan on camping at the hot spring it is a better choice. The hot spring and nearby campground is beautiful and well-maintained. From Casa Vieja to the hot spring the trail is steep but worth it.

Some tough places but the views are worth it and the lake is amazing. The path along the way passes many meadows and streams. Water was perfect temp in September for swimming.

During the summer, take it this trail via the watch tower!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice moderate hike to a gorgeous lake. We logged in 7.7 miles but we also walked around the entire lake. The elevation required a few rest stops on the way but it wasn’t anything too strenuous. Really glad we got to the trailhead at 7am. We had the trail to ourselves and enjoyed a quiet and peaceful lunch before heading back. But we encounter so many people on our way back to the trailhead and the parking area was full. Will do this one again! 9/1/2018.

backpacking
2 months ago

Great quick little backpacking trip to Weaver Lake. Trail was moderately trafficked and relatively flat. There's a couple of steep spots but nothing tremendously difficult. Great views of the horizon at certain stops so be sure to take a break and enjoy the views! There was really only one small creek/water source on the trail until you reach the lake, so pack your water accordingly... the sun exposure can be pretty warm! Lake had a bunch of mosquitos but they didn't really bother much, but we made sure to pitch a tent a bit away from the lake just to be safe. Overall, I'd recommend it!

All round great hike. Long enough, with the elevation, to push you. But not brutal enough to upgrade it from a “moderate” to a “hard” class hike. Two sets of mule deer does with fawns, marmots, pikas and the lake itself make this well worth the time and effort.

Epic High Sierra views on a moderate hike.

backpacking
2 months ago

Excellent trail for a first time backpacker with amazing views and a peaceful lake to top it all off. I highly recommend this hike, it's easy to get to the trailhead and the trail is well maintained throughout.

sufficiently challenging, great view and beautiful lake. The culmination of a hike on a hot day was sticking my feet in the cold lake. return to was pretty steep though, so get some good hiking shoes.

by far my most favorite hike. trail was easy to follow and the climb to the top was well worth it. hike has a tons of rocks in case if you want to play "floor is lava". if you're facing the restroom trail head is to the left.

My favorite hike in Sequioa National Park. The view from the Watchtower is epic. This hike changed my perspective of Sequioa NP, always thought it the only thing it has were Sequioas, but I wrong. After the Watchtower it's a short hike to Heather Lake where we just relaxed while a few people in our group took a dip in the lake. Definitely bring insect repellent if you plan to hangout the lake area.

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