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hiking
1 day ago

Challenging with some snowy parts but well worth it

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

on Sypes Canyon

hiking
23 days ago

Pretty easy.. Beautiful

This is a great one! Challenging, rewarding, with awesome beauty. It leaves you speechless at times.

it's an enjoyable easy hike with great scenery.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

hiking
28 days ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

horseback riding
29 days ago

Plenty of room for horse trailer parking at the overflow parking area. Beautiful and well marked trail. Made it up to the 3.5 mile point, past the first top. Definitely worth an extra mile to get a better vantage point! The fall colors were breathtaking and plenty of room to pass other adventurers. Highly recommend this trail!

hiking
29 days ago

Gorgeous short hike to falls. Closer to 1 1/2 Miles. Easy. Mild elevation.

fishing
1 month ago

Bring fly pole for Graylings, also if want can try bottom fishing and get some cutthroats. Very fun hike and fishing!

Really amazing trail! I hiked it solo on 9/16/18. I was afraid of bears but did have spray. Just like everyone has posted, it is a moderately rocky trail so watch your step, almost no flat portions but no exposed slabs or anything like like, worth the hike!!!! Note, the rocks were a bit slippery because it had rained the night before. Make sure to wear hiking shoes. The trail took me under 2 hours to summit and a bit over an hour to descend. I am from CT and am used to hiking steep trails in the White Mountains but I am not used to the elevation. Bring water, a snack, and take your time.

Multi-purpose trail and lots of people out using it. If you are looking for an easy stroll and a double track for a group of people, this is a nice option.

Hard but definitely worth it. The last creek crossing is a bit unnerving but the logs are rather steady. The views are spectacular! The wild flowers are everywhere, the creek and various falls are picturesque, all culminating in the two lakes at the top. However basically the whole hike is very steep once you pass Pine Creek Falls which makes both up and down tiring. But for those who are willing to put in the work, you will be glad you came! Also, if you can, bring a camera. And I was able to camp to the right of the smaller lake near the more western stream that comes from the western part of the falls coming from the top of the lakes. As I had to carry all my gear for the night and I didn't have polls and I am a fairly small person, it took me 4 1/2 hours to get to the top and 3 1/2 hours to get down, but that was going slow, carrying a lot of weight and trying to be careful. The trail is well trafficed but not crowded, so yes you'll see people but you can still enjoy the lonliness of the woods. All together definitely worth it!

The lake is freezing but I recommend jumping in anyway.

hiking
1 month ago

Bring a fly rod for graylings.

hiking
1 month ago

We absolutely loved this hike. The elevation change was a challenge but the views and lakes were well worth it. What a great hike!

Busy trail. Best to head up early and on the weekday. Bring your fly rod, water and bear spray. Worth the rocky hike.

Loved this hike. I’m a beginner hiker so this was a bit difficult but it was beautiful and worth it. There are not very many flat spots so it continuously goes uphill but the lake at the top is breath taking!

Great hike, my son even made it and he’s only 5. Beautiful spot.

The trail was easy to follow. It was a climb and took us over 2 hours to get to the lake. hiking shoes definitely recommend

Very nice hike, popular so lots of others there too.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, great views

hiking
1 month ago

great views at first falls and as you hit switchbacks above 7000 feet. At the top, first small lakes are beautiful. Pine Creek Lake is behind last saddle. it is larger and shoreline is large boulders and rock. nice spot for lunch before descent.

Beautiful views and forgiving trail.

hiking
1 month ago

once you get past pine Creek falls it's switchbacks and uphill hiking the rest of the way. It was definitely a workout and I had to take multiple breaks along the way.

A little rocky but is is worth the view

nature trips
1 month ago

Very beautiful and very well kept. The hike is worth every step!

Our main reason for hiking this trail was to find the shortest route to Mystic Lake, thinking it was only ten miles. But we somehow clocked 14 miles because we actually hiked to where the lake currently was, not the northern most point where it might reach during very high water. And the elevation change is deceptive because there is a lot of up and down - 160 flights of stairs according to my Apple Watch. Even in mid-August, the trail was very muddy in many areas and had a few slippery creek or low-point crossings. So, it was a tough hike with the mud and hills, but the lake is very pretty. Wildflowers were essentially done.

Nice hike. Continue on a bit further on to Heather Lake via the trail that leads right of Emerald Lake once you reach the lake. It's a bit more private and quiet for this trail which gets a ton of multi-use traffick.

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