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Beautiful easy hike, great views and good for introducing snowshoeing as a fun activity.

We hiked the trail today. We loved it! Hiked with our dog, well-packed snow, easy to walk with just snowboots. Many people had snowshoes to go off the main snow-packed trail. Kids sledding, a few cross country skiers on side routes. Pretty busy today- gorgeous sunny day, but quite cold and gets windy at some turns - wear a hat!
Beautiful views of snowcovered mountains and canyon.

19 days ago

Love this trail year round but especially when I can swim at the bottom!

Did this last week and it was a very easy snowshoeing trip that provided amazing 360 views!

Awesome trail for beginner snowshoers like myself!

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1 month ago

This was a great hike! We went in late November, so there was ABSOLUTELY no one on the trail. It’s mostly downhill on the way down, so it’s quite the climb coming up, but totally worth it! The beach and the house at the bottom was beautiful and a great place to rest. Highly recommend!

We will be back in spring! Don’t forget your goggles if you go in winter:) great hike for Thanksgiving Day, we brought snow shoes in with us. Great location, well marked, super wide trail :)

1 month ago

This was my favorite hike of the trip. Not particularly busy (though it was a Monday) and it was so peaceful. It was pretty easy too. The trailhead is in a weird place and there isn't a whole lot of signage, but the trail is really big and easy to follow. My favorite part was the little trails everywhere that shot you out into different parts of the main trail!

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1 month ago

Great out and back trail. Parking is in a small lot and also a turnout beside a gate on the main road. Both places join the main trail.
Good quality path all the way down to the sandy beaches. Great for dogs. Stunning views.
Return walk is all uphill but not difficult.

2 months ago

Great trail down to the sand beaches with crystal water. Very easy and has a perfect length. Our dog also enjoyed it a lot off leash.

Excellent afternoon hike with so many fantastic views. Would definitely hike it again.

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2 months ago

Love the history of the mansion. Be sure to read the info plates. Amazing views.

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2 months ago

Easy trail. The water is crystal clear, and the scenery is beautiful.

easy and dog friendly.

Great hike. Steep, but shady too!

the first part of the trail is good for all ages due to it is flat and just a nice walk through the old train tunnels. However the loop part is definitely for more experience and for people that are in shape. If you are not experience tour in shape you can still do the loop but be advised that it is climbing a hillside. But over all is was a wonderful hike and my group had a good time.

Easy to find. Trails were nice -- amazing view and nice place to take a walk to.

I love this hike! It involves the Donner train tunnels and the China wall of the Sierra! I love getting some history with my hike. Oh and don’t forget to see the petroglyphs near the bottom!

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3 months ago

It was a pretty easy trail to take and the views at the bottom on the lake are amazing. I went on a Friday and I only came across 5 people the whole time

So many lakes and vistas! Great for dogs as well.

At 4.7 miles, the Bear Lakes Loop is a perfect afternoon hike. It takes a couple of hours and offers enough of challenge to leave you satisfied. Where this trail really excels is scenery. Nearly every turn in the trail provides a postcard-beautiful view. Highly recommended.

great easy hike. went end of September. beautiful views. you walk past where the Donner party wintered. Makes you think

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3 months ago

Stunning panoramic views almost throughout. Super quick and easy trail, great for kids or beginners. Easy to find and easy parking. Loved this little hike, will go back.

Nice hike. Connects to other side trips to Round lake, Silver lake, Long lake and Bear Lakes. Wind blew away most of the smoke. Went Aug 26th 2018.

3 months ago

Great hike.

love the old tunnels, not really a hike but one of my favorites none the less. a beautiful view of the lake in the middle of a tunnel turn out.

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4 months ago

Nice easy trail, good for a quick trip down to the lake.

Beautiful views. Mostly covered (in tunnels)

The hike was pretty boring for the most part. The tunnels were cool for a while, but kinda sketchy and they got old after a while. After that, the hike to the top was great. Steep, rocky, and loose made for an epic day. The views are the top were great!

Walked with 3 kids (7, 6 and 3) 3 year old in ergo. Definitely dusty so plan on cleaning feet afterward! The view was worth the whining on the way up - the kids even agreed and were in much better spirits on the way back

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