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gorgeous hike!

This is a beautiful trail. I suggest going counter clockwise because the second half is steeper so it’s easier to go down.

I did this hike by myself and for starters I would say it was harder than moderate... I’m a distance runner so I would say I am in pretty good shape and this hike kicked my ass! Very very steep and there’s hardly any shade so it was sooo hot. I didn’t have a lot of water left and I was dehydrated and I was alone so I didn’t make it to the top because I was nervous about fainting so I turned around after 2 miles. Pretty hike and very challenging. Would like to do it in colder weather for sure. If you’re looking for a challenge this is a great hike to do. When you turn off the indian trail pay attention bc I missed it but thanks to this app I found it quickly.

Strenuous but amazing hike with great panoramic views, especially at the top. First hour of switchbacks is the toughest part followed by a lovely walk through the Larch Valley. Take your time going up the final section and you’ll be rewarded with jaw dropping views at the top of the pass.

Maybe a bit more moderate than easy going uphill, but it was a beautiful trail. The first Lake was so big and peaceful. Nice quiet trail but definitely more traffic on it by early afternoon.

Amazing reward for a hike that doesn’t take very long. Took about 2.5 hours to ascend at a brisk pace. 1.5 hours coming back. The views from the top are incredible.

hiking
4 days ago

If you go soon after this is posted, BEWARE and read on.
Great hike, especially for kids. One problem. We went yesterday, hiked up to the pond. We walked around the pond, which it seems like few do. The little trail is somewhat overgrown. We stumbled onto a ground nest of hornets right in the middle of the trail and they swarmed. Whole family got stung several times. As you walk up to the pond, the nest is along the right side (west). If you stay on the other side, I'm sure you'll be fine. It wasn't until we walked right up on it that we had trouble. They chased us for several hundred yards back down the trail. We passed a couple that was heading up, told them about it and they decided to go up anyway and got stung as well. Otherwise, this was a great hike — perfect for young children. Not too far, not too strenuous. Just right. That being said, I don't think I'll be able to get the kids to come back to it. Good story for them to tell though. Builds character.

Incredible hike, well worth the final push! The view of the valley is near unparalleled. Bring lots of water and be prepared for the attack of the black flies. Also, be prepared the smoke and haze will likely obscure some of your view in the late summer due to wildfires.

I did this hike yesterday around 1030am. The waterfall was pretty but I probably won’t do the hike again. For about 2/3 of the hike it’s pretty steep. There also aren’t many views or pretty things to look at along the way. Plus the creek along the trail had an unpleasant smell.

Waterfall more of a trickle late summer. Great for a morning trail run.

I’ve done his trail twice. It’s really good. Well trafficked so if you get hurt there’s someone close by to help. The downside is that it’s well trafficked so you’re never really alone. Ok the bright side, great cellphone coverage. At least on T-Mobile. I assume Verizon and AT&T’s coverage will be just as good.

It’s a fun trail. Do it in the morning. It gets hot in the summer afternoon.

Nice hike, very rocky with few flat spots. Waterfall barely a trickle in mid-August. Still nice views of the town.

Absolutely stunning! We had to walk on a snow-covered ridge for about 20 minutes and I didn't have my hiking boots but regular trail shoes. The view above is breathtaking.

My knees may never forgive me for this one. I mean, they still aren't talking to me...

Park right near the trailhead on 27th Street, we entered the trail through the left (north) gate. Note there are signs on the street that say no night parking (10 pm - 6 am).

The trail is clearly marked as you begin to head up. Just follow signs for Upper Taylor Canyon. I read on these comments to stay left, so here's exactly what happens when you do: ^_^ Keep following the trail as marked. The first place we got confused was when it looked like there might be a fork, but wasn't. (It looks like you could maybe continue straight, but that trails peters out.) There's a long skinny log to kind of prevent you from going straight, but it runs in the same direction as that non-trail, so that was a little confusing. You'll actually take a right over a wide, dry (Aug. 7, 2018) creek bed and follow up the trail here. You won't see water anywhere at this point (though small streams are in other areas). The first fork, take a left. You'll walk over rocks on a small creek with water (shoes don't get wet.) Hornets are out by the water! Don't worry, just walk calmly past them over the rocks. They won't bother you. Keep a'goin and there will be another fork. We stayed left again. You'll eventually come out into sun, but keep climbing and you'll find shaded areas again. There *IS* a destination here! We kept going, over a couple of rockways, into a skinny trail in the trees that narrows but is fun. There are some steep parts. You'll know you've "made it" when the trail opens to a tree surrounded by flat rock and several mounds of rocks as well. From here you'll get a great view of the valley below. We took about 2 hrs up, plus a 30 min lunch break along the trail. About 1.5 hrs back. Total time, 4 hrs.

But... beware!!!! If you have slight knee trouble going downhill, do not -- I repeat: DO NOT -- do this trail. Or at least, maybe don't go past that last fork. It took us so long to get back down because the descent was so steady (which was awesome going up, but a terror going down) and it hurt my *ahem, not even 30 yr old* knees like crazy. Also... you know that feeling when your toes shove into the front of your shoe because the hill is too steep?? Eesh! That too.

The trail itself is awesome! (4 stars here!) It's mostly shaded, it's not busy, you feel like you're right in nature and not on any man-made trail.... I'm glad we got to experience this. But oof. Personally, I wouldn't do this again just because the downhill was so brutal. (Knocked down to 3 stars.) I recommend trying it, especially if your knees are young and spry! :D It's pretty out here.

hiking
10 days ago

One of the most amazing views I've ever seen. Not only do you get to see bits of Moraine Lake with the gorgeous blue water, but if you can make it to the top you will not regret it. The hike itself is very steep, but it is well worth the struggle in the end.

Beautiful hike for the family. No restrooms but there is a nice pond at the picnic area. Only a couple miles away from the Snowbasin Resort!

Amazing hike with stunning views. We did it in September, it snowed for a little bit but didn’t discourage us, unforgettable experience! Trekking poles recommended.

The trail is well marked easy hike however beware of the wasps that hang out by the pond!!

Did this hike this morning and loved it! So beautiful.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike has beautiful lakes to hike past as you hike to Lofty Lake. At the summit you can see several Mountian ranges as well as other lakes around.

Fabulous views from the Pass well worth the effort.

hiking
13 days ago

We did this route counter clockwise. This route starts out all uphill for the first 1.5 miles. The trail is well defined in most places and there are a few cairns laid where the trail may get confusing. After reaching the ridge summit you come to Lofty Lake. Great place to take a rest and grab some water and snack. Most of the trail from here is downhill. We saw a few people camping here. Next you come to Cutthroat lake although the trail doesn’t take you down to it. There is a spur trail that can take you down. Our final lake was Kamas Lake. This is the largest of the lakes on this loop. The water was cold but not enough to keep us from taking a quick dip. Once you leave Kamas lake you scramble down some rocky trail and then wander through meadows until you reach the parking lot where you began. For us the weather was just right and we had a breeze to keep the bugs off us. We didn’t even use bug spray. Great quick loop. Would be challenging for kids but not impossible. We saw plenty of families with small children. I would rate this trail as moderate.

Epic hike. The views are stunning.

Took us about 2 hours there and 1.5 on the way back. Switchbacks are indeed exhausting, but the views are worth it. Make sure to leave early in the morning so you get a parking spot or you’ll have to wait around. Overall great hike!!

14 days ago

What an exquisitely beautiful hike!! Every step of the way. If you want to complete this hike before noon you must get here very early. Got here at 5:30 am and at least 100 cars already. Many wonderful trails all around this area so the lot fills fast. The steepest grind is at the beginning and end. Larch Valley is a gorgeous break. Poles would have been helpful on the descent. We are well into our 50s but completed it in about 5 hours with many stops to savor the views. Stunning hike.

Gets easier every time. Takes 25-35 minutes to get up. Wear decent shoes. Waterfall is more of a trickle currently. Sunsets are nice with the smoke in the air.

My husband and I and our friend Erin completed this hike on July 28.

We started the hike at about 12:30, and made it down around 3:30 (although we did jog part of the way down). It was a 100* day, and only 10% of the trail is shaded, so we were roasting. The trail is moderately inclined the entire way, with sections that are severely steep. We stopped probably 10 times on the way up.

The views at the top were great.... we're glad we made it! My only complaint for this hike is the directions. I've been on the Indian Trail multiple times and never noticed the turnoff for Hidden Valley.

Would definitely recommend this hike for anyone who is in good shape and ready to take on a serious climb.

Hiked this early Sunday morning. We started at 7AM and were back down around 10AM at a nice and easy pace. It was getting really busy as we were almost done, but before that it was peaceful and quiet. Beautiful trail. Definitely a good moderate hike. With a little wandering around I ended up clocking around 5.5 miles.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this one yesterday and it took about 2 hours to make it to the top. My 4 year old was able to do the whole hike himself and the views at the top are breathtaking. Definitely a good family hike.

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