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Short, easy and pretty. But also unbelievably crowded with many people being their most annoying selves, showing absolutely no regard for anyone or anything else, just so they have the "perfect" Instagram picture...

A nicely restored area that we were lucky to see at all, as it reopened just a few days before we arrived. We only had a few hours, so we didn't manage the whole loop all the way to Wawona Point but the sequoias are definitely worth it, even if you only walk up to the Grizzly Giant and the Tunnel Tree.

walking
3 days ago

Fun hike close to home. There were some steep hills that work your calves. We took our dogs and ran into quite a few people with dogs. Started this hike about 2 and it was moderately populated. There was a little bit of water in the waterfall.

My first solo trip. Weather was perfect and the trail lived up to all my expectations. CLockwise and glad I did!

I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

So nice to meander along the Coal Creek looking for little babbling smallerfalls and enjoying the coolness of the little valley. Up to Primrose Loop and back to the main path is nice to get an out-of-city experience in the shade, while staying within the city limits. Bonus points for the gorgeous and plentiful creek bridges all smelling freshly of oil and pine:

Bunch of knobs on the trail

on Bowman Lake Trail

backpacking
6 days ago

A beautiful, quiet lake but the bugs are extremely bad. Huge flies and mosquitos infest this part of glacier and more than any other place I’ve stayed at. I’m a camper and normally not bothered by bugs, but these guys won’t leave you alone from morning to night.

If that doesn’t deter you, it’s definitely worth the trip out to this remote spot of the park. You can drive long, rocky road to get here or take a great backpacking trip.

We arrived to start the loop on Saturday morning at 5:30 am. Were greeted with overnight lot full sign. There were two parking spots in the overflow area just before the overnight lot. When we walked thru the overnight lot, there was one open spot. When we returned on Tuesday both of those parking areas were full. You might have to check out the other overflow parking area to find a parking spot.
We did the loop CW to West Maroon pass first. We did this because one hiker was not acclimated, and this direction is not as steep. The valley was crowded with hikers and runners up to the pass. The camp sites between West Maroon and Frigid Air are about 1/4 mile off the trail in the trees. There is a stream for water between the trail and campsites.
Thunderstorm started at 6 pm and rained and sleeted for a couple of hours. Intermittent rain thru the night. Only about 800 ft elevation change from camp to Frigid Air pass, a 100 yard section was steep and slick from the rain, so it was a relatively easy morning hike. 2100 ft elevation change downhill into the next valley.
We camped just after the intersection with the Geneva lake trail. Several nice camp sites in the area and water is close at the river.
Third day was a tough one. First 2170 ft elevation change up to Trail Rider pass. 1700 ft elevation change down into the Snowmass lake area. Then 800 ft elevation change up to our next campsite. The area was dry due to the summer conditions, so a lot of streams were dried up. There is water in Snowmass lake but we didn't need water at the time. We didn't really want to pull water out of the swamp, though the beaver dam was busted and it was flowing. At the campsites halfway up to Buckskin pass, there were two good streams for water.
Fourth day another roughly 800 ft elevation change to Buckskin pass, then close to 3000 ft downhill to the parking lot.
Outside of the main valley the trail was not crowded. Beautiful flowers, lakes and mountain scenery. Lots of animals, pikas, marmots, deer and a mountain goat guarding Buckskin pass.
Doing the trail in the CW direction was right of us, so the unacclimated hiker was able to make it. But it does make the last half of the hike the hard section. If you are a flatlander and live at low elevation like me, I do recommend spending a 3 or 4 days to acclimate before doing high altitude hiking.

I took the trail from Table Rock to Laurel Valley yesterday morning 8-3-18 during the rain. The Creeks and Falls along the trail were raging but awesome to see and hear. Crossing points were still safe but reccomend the upmost caution. The sky's cleared by the time I crested at Sassafras overlook. I made the section in 4:35. Looking forward to Hiking the trail all the way to OSP soon.

Pretty neat!

hiking
9 days ago

Much of the trail follows a beautiful stream through relatively dense woods and ferns. The trail is both long and attractive, especially considering its proximity to the city.

great walk with the dog definitely had some switchbacks but I was able to make it without a problem

hiking
9 days ago

Good for a morning walk with a buddy! A little anti-climatic at the turn around, but interpretive signs were pretty interesting. I’d do it again.

backpacking
10 days ago

Day 1 we backpacked from Polebridge to Bowman Lake Campground. Very easy and flat 6 mile trek along Bowman Lake. Beautiful creek flowing through parts of the campsite and into the lake. Campground had plenty of spots for a refreshing swim, fishing and / or filtering water. There was a pit toilet in the campground.
Day 2 we backpacked from Bowman Lake to Brown Pass. Overall this was a difficult 7 mile hike. There were spots of thick overgrowth but the difficult part was the last 2 miles ---- 2000+ ft of elevation gain. We ate raspberries along the lower parts of the trail and there are incredible views as you get close to the top of the pass --- Be sure to stop and take it in! No water at the campsite but there were a few spots near the top / Brown Pass Campsite. Only a 2 mile trek to Hole in Wall from camp. Pit toilet located in the campground. Lot's of insects!
Day 3 we backpacked 13 miles from Brown Pass to Polebridge … We stopped for lunch at Bownman Lake campground.

As others have mentioned, this is a beautiful trail. We started at 10am and thought that to be a late start, parking lot was about half full, and we were between several groups. On our return at 1pm (we only went 3 mi in/out), there was a gaggle of humans parading onto the trail. Lots of fly fishers trying their luck on the adjacent river, which really was kind of pathetic - as the trout were no bigger than 6" and should've been left undisturbed.

Pro-tip: start *early*, i.e. 8am anytime between June and Labor Day.

Doing this loop at the end of the week and was wondering if bear canisters were required.

hiking
11 days ago

The trail is a great family friendly trail that can be handled by most people. It is uphill on the way out but plenty of great spots to stop and catch your breath. As many other reviewers have mentioned this is perfect for spotting moose. We saw a cow and her calf only about a half mile into the trail. Our kids especially enjoyed it when the pair followed us up the trail for a while. Great hike with beautiful forest scenery at the beginning and the meadow at the end it perfect for lunch or snack before heading back.

Did it CCW......Was a very hard brutal and at times scary climb to a couple of the passes. Fridge Air was steep as hell and very loose rock for this 67 year old man we had great weather not sure I could do it in rough weather wind and rain you know...would slide right off. 4 days 3 night .....but loved it and may do it again CW

We did the first 30 miles from Oconee to Whitewater Falls October 2017 in 2.5 days. Pretty cruisy with some great camp sites. Didn't see anyone on our Thursday to Saturday walk. Went back to Table Rock SP May 3, 4, 5, 2018, and finished up the last 48 miles. Sassafras Mt. was closed due to the new tower construction. There was one worker dude up there in a truck hanging out with his girlfriend. We obeyed and took the detour but I wasn't pleased. We finished day 2 with Heartbreak Ridge and I agree with a previous poster on finishing the day with Heartbreaker and getting yourself one of the sweeeeeet campsites by the Toxaway because the next day you got about 16 pretty tough miles to the camp that the Girlscouts constructed close to the base of Whitewater Falls. Hats off to all the Eagle Scouts who did their community service projects on this trail; their everywhere. As for water... it's everywhere.

Beautiful forested path along a creek. Some elevation. Dog friendly.

trail running
13 days ago

Coal Creek - Red Town Hike. It’s Good. You can walk or run (almost) through the entire trail. Half of the trail runs by the side of the creek. It’s serene.
Without rain there is little water at this point, but it’s still beautiful. Reasonable amount of Parking space down at Coal Creek Parkway. Kids friendly, Dog friendly.

An alternate way without going through security is starting the hike from Wailupe valley,and climb steeply till you hit the dirt road before the start of the steps.

I have hiked many trails in Hawaii and this view and trail is an all time favorite. The view I like even more then the super popular diamond head and koko head trails. You will hike all the way up the mountain where there is usually a big cloud of fog but if you go on a clear day the 360 view is just amazing. Its about 3 hours round trip if you take time to enjoy the views. When I first did the trail I was confused because the only way to get there is through a security gate in a private residential area. Turns out you need to go up to him tell him you are there for the trail, give your id and receive a one day pass. There is no other route to go to get there. It will get muddy but the path is wide enough such that if you position yourself properly you will likely just slip and get dirty as opposed to falling to your death. This is a must do trail here it should be full 5 stars.

Nice day hike up to Wawona Point and back.

We started in the late afternoon, enjoyed the Sequoias on the way up and the great view from Wawona Point.

Even though we went on a crowded Saturday we saw only a handful of hikers once we went beyond the Grizzly Giant loop. It's an incline all the way up but pretty shaded and easy. Did it in my flip-flops. Saw a black bear on the way down

trail running
17 days ago

Great trail! Well marked and maintained. Gorgeous views. Very runnable. It’s right at 2 miles out to the end of point trail, then 2 miles back. Definitely take time to see the views!

This was my first solo backpacking trip. I completed the loop counterclockwise, and I did it in three days. It was challenging but so beautiful. This trail includes wildflowers, lakes, and everything in between. If you are new to backpacking, I would recommend only doing part of the loop versus the whole thing. You can still see some beautiful scenery!

Amazing trail. Challenging with gorgeous scenery. Be sure to arrive at your campsite early enough to grab a good spot. Some spots like The Basin and Snowmass Lake filled up quickly.

nice trail, good historical markers telling history of the coal mining that went on at the trail location.

It was recommended that we do this trail counter clockwise. Mistake number one. Going that direction, it feels like we spent the majority of our time going uphill. Most of the trail between Bowman and Middle Quartz is highly overgrown, and at parts we weren’t sure we were still on the trail. The biggest downfall was that, due to it being summer and the overgrowth, we were swarmed/consumed/eaten alive by all of the mosquitos in Glacier. We even reapplied big spray several times with little effect. Ignore the rec to take the trail counter clockwise and just hike in and out to Quartz Lake.

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