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4 days ago

I did this trail with ranger guides for the initial part - which was awesome to learn about the different growths, history, folk lore. Definitely having the ranger enhanced the whole experience!

My absolute favorite trail. Even tho I thought my legs might fall off before we reached the end... I didn’t want it to end. Expect to spend 4-6 hours. Took us 5 and we are moderately fit for winos. I could stay lost in the beauty of this trail for days on end and never tire of it.

If this would have been my first hike in the Redwoods I probably would rate it higher. Not as much old growth as I expected. The trail IS very easy and I would recommend it for small children.

7 days ago

Super short but with some good ups.. especially in the snow. It seems fairly popular on the weekends but not obnoxious. The lake is frozen - people were walking all the way out to the island with no issue today.

Completed on 1/11/18. This hike was definetly a low-effort, high-reward kind of trek. There were a ton of incredible views, from Lake Tahoe to mountain peaks to frozen Eagle Lake. A little sketchy in a couple of spots, but definitely doable with some snowshoes and poles. Highly suggested! Didn't see anyone on the way up and only a few hikers on the way down.

Super easy walk thank goodness because my eyes were never on the trail. Breathtaking beauty.

Perhaps my favorite dayhike in the world.

Beautiful trail, loved all the ferns. I definitely don’t think it is “hard”. Maybe if you are not a regular hiker or if you’re not in good shape it could be hard. I think you only gain about 500 ft or so. Best trail to get deep in the forest!

Attempted to complete this trail but the PCT part of the loop is closed; had to cut the hike short. Not sure if the park always closes this every winter.

Also, be careful when descending during a cold winter day. We didn't realize that the paved path exposed to the mist coming from the falls is covered with black ice, until my husband slipped. Unfortunately, there were no signs indicating that the path might be icy (or did we miss it?). One wrong step, you'll end up falling to the rocky bottom.

A nice stretch (fun with snowshoes too!) with stunning views at the top!

21 days ago

I just hiked this one today (12/29/18) and really enjoyed it. Beautiful views.The lake was frozen over so plenty of hikers walked out onto it. Very cool. Some parts of the trail were really icy and can be tough to hike on. I saw plenty of people slip and a few younger kids and older adults had difficulty with icy steps.

21 days ago

Great scenery!

Stunning hike. Like stepping into a time before time. Prepare to be moved with reverence and awe at the glory of the ancient forest.

Bring waders or waterproof boots for the fern canyon, unless you like wet feet. Bring lunch and eat on the beach! What a beautiful sequence to go from woods to the sea and back to the woods.

Not too vertically challenging. Finished in 3 hours 50 minutes. Can be done fast if you want. Or take your time and really soak up the beauty. Either way, don’t miss this one.

22 days ago

Hiked in September 2018. Easy walk - the ferns were almost as impressive as the redwoods.

23 days ago

Nice easy morning hike with beautiful weather. There’s some snow, so it’s a little slippery. Easy to see all the snow mountains nearby.

An easy hike with amazing view.

Amazing view of the frozen lake!! Our first Christmas Eve hike

1 month ago

Nice 5 mile snowshoe. Great views and very few people.

it was a great snowy winterland. it was a wonderful trek and not to long. it is also pretty well marked except after the waterfall. then it got tricky so I decided not to continue and headed back down.

Beautiful short morning hike. Nice incline at first with great views. Easy- mod. Brought the pup!

Amazing hike!

1 month ago

I hiked this from Vikingsholm a few miles down towards DL Bliss and back. It was a bright sunny walk along the edge of a beautiful mountain lake. Despite that I saw no other hikers on the trail. This was an amazing break between days of driving. So peaceful!

1 month ago

Loved it. Great views. A good amount of uphill climbing on the way up to Eagle Lake but well worth it!

1 month ago

Amazing views all around, watch your step, & keep your kids away from the mountain edge, lots of slippery loose rocks. Parking is sheer luck if you get one. So much beauty here, enjoy!

Great trail for families. Kids loved climbing the rocks. Beautiful views.

5 stars for beautiful family trail but had to only give 3 because waaaay too crowded

2 months ago

nice hike, uphill, theres a cute bridge for pictures & leads you to the lake

Great for families, just enough of a grade to make it a little bit of a workout, with a great reward at the top.

great view, kids and dog friendly, the lake is an amazing meditation place

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