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22 hours ago

Great hike

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23 hours ago

Really nice, straight forward hike on a well marked trail. We went early and when we reached the top had the whole summit to ourselves for over an hour before the next hikers showed up. Amazing 360 view from the top of the valley and El Cap and Half Dome.

You can park on Highway 1. Went on a weekday around 11-12 and had no trouble finding a spot right in front. 200 steps and I was at the overlook spot. Good for kids. No dogs allowed!

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1 day ago

I did this hike while it was closed. When you first get onto the trail, stay close to the river, and don't go up the stairs that are being worked on. Eventually you'll veer to the right side of the river. It's quite a hike up (mile or so) until you reach the loop. Once you reach the loop there are numerous sections where trees are fallen, nothing that you can't get through though. I went clockwise on the loop, not to bad. There was one section that was very bad where I had to climb up the side of the mountain and back down which was VERY steep. I basically slid down. That was the worst part of the hike. The views were outstanding - although when we went it was foggy. Rivers, bridges, redwoods, ocean views, incredible tree views. Overall a great hike. And m GF didn't kill me!

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1 day ago

Beautiful and great as an intro to Joshua Tree hike.

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1 day ago

Great short but challenging hike with a spectacular view at the end!

Went with the wife on 4/23/18 it was a amazon hike but the steps where super slippery! My wife fall on the steps and cut the hike short of making it to the top of vernal falls bruise tail bone was thankfully all to come of it but the fact it was so heavily trafficked and with her hurt made it even more difficult to come down will try again probably in early summer months when the falls aren’t as heavy the steps themselves almost became little waterfalls very sketchy seeing people and children run up them

great views along trail. A little difficult, but worth it all the way up and down stopping A lot to talk to other hikers

Just beyond awesome!

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1 day ago

I am trying to hike this weekend 4/28.. I see some roads are closed. Will I be able to hike to summit still?

Thanks for any advice !
Scotty

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1 day ago

For planning purposes ... it’s a dirt road to get to the trailhead. As others have said, the first 0.75 miles are steep and exposed (no shade). I live at 400 feet elevation so I definitely felt the altitude. The hike is worth it though. You can hear the creek rushing from the trail and the mountain lake at the top is spectacular.

Hiked (in some snow) December 2017. From what the Shasta Ranger Station says, the road up to Castle Lake is usually well maintained during winter months. The hike itself is short and moderately steep. We saw folks ice skating on Heart Lake with views that were incredible. At Heart Lake, we ventured another 10minutes through a roughly established trail (through a few bushes) up the side of the hill to a vantage point that looked down on Castle Lake, Heart Lake, and out across the valley towards Mt. Shasta. The extra 10min journey upwards definitely recommended.

Easy to miss. highway 1, going south. if you get to Julia Pfeiffer State park you' ve missed it. easy to miss as there are no signs but youll notice all the cars park on both sides, curve to the righr going south...beautifull hike. we did it with three kids (2,13,15) and they all loved it. you cant foresee its beauty from the road but absolutelly worth it. do both paths once you are almost at the bottom, to the right to see the beach and the end of the creek, and to the right, through a wooden bridge to see the mine type tunnel and the beautiful ocean view

I've hiked this trail twice (both in the Fall of 2017) and loved both trips. Can't wait for the Spring/Summer season 2018 to begin. There is an entrance fee to access the trailhead from within the park. The hike maintains a relatively steep progression for most of the ascent. The final 1/3 of the hike up through the Crags is glorious with wonderful views. At the very top, walk 100 yards past the trail-end and there are a a few rocks that can be climbed with ease for great views of Mt. Shasta. Though be careful, as there is a very sizable drop-off on the other end of the rocks.

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2 days ago

Breathtaking !!! My fave place soo far.

Strenuous hike but with beautiful views. Did this hike on 4/21 and it was very crowded including lots of out of shape people and children. This made the 600 step section harder and somewhat unnerving. Came down via the John Muir Trail which I highly recommend so you avoid the crowded slippery steps and also get some nice views of the valley.

2 days ago

Was a beautiful, relatively easy trail with multiple large groves of Sequoias. Greatly enjoyed this hike!

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2 days ago

Great hike to beautiful lakes. We swam even though the water was freezing!

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2 days ago

Love it!!!!! I’ve hiked it 4 times..... my first time at 8 years old...... cables fun!

Actually, its open. And its beautiful. Just walk around the closed gate.

So is 9 mil round trip or 9 mil one way!!? And how long is takes to complete the hike?

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3 days ago

I hiked Half Dome on 04/22/18’ just before the season opens. The weather was perfect and just enough snow on the grown to make for a beautiful scenery. I prefer to go when the cables are down, since a permit is not required and there are minimal people. (A climbing harness is highly recommended if you ascend when the cables are down)

Highly recommended trail. Bring your camera!

Trail had some absolutely beautiful views however was extremely steep at several points and was quite strenuous. My group was experienced and we have done a fair amount of hiking - we all felt it was probably the most difficult hike we have ever done. if you do this hike, bring extra water, count on climbing over rocks and plan extra time. It is not for the faint of heart!

A very nice trail! A must to go when you are in Yosemite Vallet. I enjoyed myself all the way up and down. Expect steep sections but it’s still pretty good as long as you get some rest. Go clockwise - highly recommend. Restrooms are closed during winter, so when I went this time it was still closed. The nearest restrooms will be by the shuttle bus stop.

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3 days ago

Beautiful hike. It was a pretty decent hike but nothing crazy & easily doable for multiple types of hikers.

Great views

Really awesome trail. Went on a clear day and not crowded at all. Take the map that you get from the Forest Rangers as the hike is not clearly marked in certain areas. Highly recommend

3 days ago

the slot trail was easy and down a dirt road so passing in a car is impossible, there is another dirt road path that starts on the other side of the slots. We encountered a few other groups in the slots but only 2 once out of them. the slots themselves are fun for the family and windcaves can be found about half a mile past that.

Update 04/22/18: The parking lot is closed and the signage says that place is closed for the season. No roadside parking allowed, hence, I couldnt do this trail. Sad as I was looking forward to do the hike.

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4 days ago

The difficulty/reward ratio on this trail is in favor of hikers who want to complete one of their first summits and boast, "so yeah, this weekend I climbed a mountain... No biggie." At 6.5 miles total, it is brief and perfect for a day hike. Make no mistake, however, it isn't a walk in the park the whole way up. Your legs will get a work out.

Shortly after the trailhead, which is located at a parking lot along I-50 that is often not plowed between Dec-Mar, a series of switchbacks zigzagging their way through a densely forested area begin. This goes on quite a bit, and takes up a significant portion of the hike. Those who want spectacular views - fear not! - as the views begin once you get in the clearer area at a higher elevation where less vegetation grows. It will start to get steep and you may be wishing for those gentle switchbacks you were on recently.

Speaking of vegetation, near the summit you will pass contorted and twisted trees known as "Krumholtz", German for "crooked wood". Looking like something out of a Guillermo del Doro film, these deformed trees live a tough life due to incessant wind and snow. Soak in the views of Lake Tahoe, various other alpine lakes including Aloha Lake, Mt Tallac in the distance, from the summit.

Bonus: at your own risk, on the right side of the summit, there is a Class 3 scramble on extremely loose rocks and climb that can get you to one of the lakes.

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