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Always a good challenge. We went in mid-November. Good idea to bring gloves for balancing your weight on rocks as you climb up the red trail. My hiking boots were great in the melted snow/slush and rocky terrain. Depending on the weather trail runner/sneakers might work but definitely not regular sneakers and don't even think about flip flops.

3 days ago

We went after it rained the night before...was about 48 degrees. Walking sticks are good for this hike. Wasn't too slippery. The view was obscured by the mist but it was pretty cool to be up in the clouds! Will head up another time to get the view.

Great view from the top and a pretty nice return, but the way out is a lot of working on or near the road and a stone’s throw from people’s backyards.

3-4 parking spots are a couple hundred feet from the trailhead on the same side of the road further away from bear mountain bridge. You can skip out on walking to the trailhead as there is a cut through to the maintrail right from the carpark area.
Steep steps in the beginning for the first .5 mile. But great views on top!

Nothing short of beautiful! I have done tons of hiking this year especially and this overview was amazing! We were standing above the clouds looking out at snow-capped mountains while standing on the edge of a rock we just scrambled up! This time of year (11-25-18) the scramble had lots of ice and snow but that wasn’t going to stop me! For anyone scared of the climbing or nervous to due conditions just keep following the cliff face until you get to the easier assent! Either way enjoy the views!

My 8-year old and I did this last weekend after a pretty significant snowfall. We ascended up Jimmy Dolan and that was pretty easy for us. We really didn’t need our microspikes for it. Coming down the the other side was much more challenging.

One spot that is pretty well photographed here is about 30 feet down and steep. I ended up just lowering off my son with a 50’ section of rope I brought just in case and it was much safer. It could be climbed down safely with an axe by most people.

The rest of it was pretty straightforward, but challenging. We ended up walking more like 7mi and the snow makes that a little tougher. Would only recommend this for people who know what they’re getting into (my kid climbs, etc. and is pretty good).

You’ll find a couple good spots to take in a view, although not on the peak. Enjoy!

beautiful views from the top, worth the hike. the whole hike, back and forth was about 2.8 miles, and at a comfortable place it should take you less than 2 hours to complete. make sure you have the right shoes, especially when the ground is wet, as I've seen some pretty funny slips and falls from people wearing running sneakers while the ground was covered with snow and mud....so be prepared, and enjoy the views from the top

Relatively easy hike, following a red and yellow blaze trail. On the weekends lots of people hike part of this trail to get to the fire tower, which offers great views over the entire area. Beyond the fire tower it gets quite.

did this counter clockwise , did this trail after minsi for mind the gap. I did prefer this trail only because it had more incline

The views here are unreal. It's a really great challenge. The trails are blazed most of the way. You climb pretty fast, too. You have to make your own decision at the top to hang a left at the giant rock pile to get to the summit with all of the views. Went with trail sneakers, would definitely recommend boots. The rocks get slippery when it gets a bit colder.

Went up the Red Dot trail and down the Blue. I have asthma and a chronic cough and am definitely out of shape and haven't hiked in years so the ascent was extremely challenging for me. There are a couple of very difficult spots that are all rock and steep. I almost gave up but I knew the payoff would be so sweet if I made it to the top. I had to stop many times. My poor partner who is very much more fit than I was patient, however, and we made it. I am so glad I stuck with it. The top was amazing and thrilling and beautiful. You can do this! If I can do this, anyone can. Coming down was much much much easier except my toes were jamming into the front of my boots. Beautiful waterfall and stream at the bottom. I felt so accomplished and alive and the end. You must do this!

Good spot nice varied views

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1 month ago

Such an awesome experience! The rock scramble was intimidating at first, but the view is worth it all!

Took my kids on this hike and they loved it. My daughter was so excited she went ahead and eventually out of range of our radios and lost cel service. Thankful for the Vernon PD who quickly found her, on the other side of the mountain. Never a dull moment.

Like most people, went up Red Dot, down Blue Dot which was perfect. Both are rocky trails and Red was a bit of a challenge for fairly casual hikers like us, but we loved the view at the top. It had rained a lot the day before so much of the trail was muddy and leaf-covered which made some spots slippery, so be sure to wear proper shoes.

Also this was probably the most clearly marked trail I’ve ever been on - red dots everywhere!

Took red dot up which is strenuous. I got there at 0800 and it was quiet. Trail is rocky and mostly up hill. Blue dot coming down is still rocky and that leads to a short part of Dunn field Creek trail which had a water fall and stream. Nice views all along. Had my dog also.

Great hike with great views! Highly recommend it but be prepared for steep rocky portions. I’d say moderate is correct but would not recommend for beginners or people who do not regularly do hikes/hill runs. Took us almost 5 hours at a comfortable pace without breaks and we accidentally kept going after the end of the trail.

We went up the blue dot trail and down the red dot trail. Red dot is much harder, and it has the best views.

Awesome hike. Great way to push yourself and have an amazing end result to a spectacular view

Thank you below to La Gattons. We navigated around the flooded section to the left like you mentioned and it helped immensely! When you get to that flooded part, go left of that area and through the woods and up some slight hills. You'll start seeing some pink and blue ribbons, follow those until you start seeing the red and white markers and you can follow those all the way back to the parking lot. We did the white markers all the way until they merged with the red and white. If you do white to red and white the whole way it's a big loop and that will get you back to the elk parking lot trailhead. All in all a great hike, awesome lake, beautiful scenery throughout. My gf and I thought it was mostly pretty easy to moderate, but we do hike a lot. Not too challenging.

Going up 1200 ft in less than 2 miles was definitely challenging, but it does give you sense of accomplishment and very beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

I am pretty scared of heights and found this very doable. Going down the blue dot trail is much easier and not as steep.

Challenging hike with a steep start. Make sure to watch your step and wear appropriate hiking shoes. I'd suggest to start with the Red Dot Trail, since the view a the top awards you after the steep climb. After enjoying the stop at the top its a relaxing walk down along the Blue Dot Trail. Make sure to get there no later than 9 a.m. on the weekend since the parking lot will be very crowded. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a lot of fun, but it can be a challenge if you’re not used to hiking uphill.

hiking
1 month ago

we wanted a short hike and I thought this would be perfect as it is lightly trafficked - unfortunately for us we paid $30 to have lots of familes in front of us and behind us wanting to do this hike. this is definitely a moderately to heavily trafficked hike. we ended up not scrambling up the rock face because of how many kids were already working doing so and it seemed like it would be a very slow process as a result. we met a bunch of hikers who were coming down and who mentioned how busy it was on the ledge. not for us.

Incredibly fun and challenging hike! Just be cautious going down as it gets a little confusing which trail leads back to the trailhead.1

Just did this hike. It was awesome definitely the right amount of challenge with great views along the way. The way up is the perfect amount of incline, but is a little congested with people going to see the fire tower and come back down. Once you go into yellow/white/blue territory you barely see other hikers.
In doing that loop we got lost a few times (we are seasoned hikers). As mentioned in other comments, where the blue and the yellow meet it is very confusing and if you follow the blue you will be taking yourself off of the trail entirely. You need to follow the stream down on unmarked trail until you intersect with white (at a very obviously paved intersection) which will then take you to yellow again to get down.

Ascending up the hill on the blue trail was difficult we missed the red dot trail. We descended on the red dot trail. Easy to follow trail marks. Trail was wet hard very rocky. lookout was beautiful!!!

Took the Red to the Blue to the Green and then back the same route. Really beautiful scenery and great sounds of babbling brooks.

Quick Trail, I always go up to see the view and back down. There are other trails within that I ended up roaming around in with my brother and we ended up on the road

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