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Another gorgeous day of snowshoeing at Carson Pass. The trail was highly trafficked today with many cross country skiers and other snowshoers out enjoying the day. Snow on the trail was well packed, and I was able to use microspikes all the way to Lake Winnemucca where we turned around. It was windier at the lake, as it always is, so bring layers!

hiking
10 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Kids can do this one if they are used to short strenuous activity. The altitude makes it a little more tiring, but once you arrive at the lake it’s amazing! There is a lot of beauty a long the way too! The road in can be rough! You just have to go slow.

Absolutely beautiful trail for snowshoeing and other winter activities. We saw a handful of other people on the trail, but nothing even close to how busy this hike is in the warmer months. The trail was easy to follow and well packed enough that I could use microspikes rather than full on snowshoes. You will need a Sno Park permit to park in the lot, but well worth it!

Rough for a beginner. Def need to have some semblance of fitness before doing this trail. Awesome photo ops. Did this trail 2 weeks ago before the snow came. Currently has a ‘Closed for Season’ sign up. Will go back when I’m in Chuck. Norris shape and it re-opens.

Take Eagle Meadow Rd off Hwy 108 and follow the forest roads to Martins Cow Camp (you can google it and use Google Maps to find the camp) and park right at the trail head. There is no sign for this but it is right by a horse campground and you will see the trail. The trail starts off in a meadow that could be wet in the Spring from run off. Once on the way the trail is very clear and easy to follow. It takes you to the top of Eagle Ridge giving you views of Cooper Meadows. If you want to continue another 1.5 miles you can come to Cooper Cow Camp which has several buildings built in the early 1900's and are still in use today for the cowboys that run cattle up to this area. Nice bit of history in these buildings. But be warned the trip back up from Cooper Meadows is steep and will take you a lot longer to get back up then it did to get down.

The trail is seemingly impossible to follow, especially on the way down. The hike was definitely fun (lots of scrambling and adventuring on the rocks) and I would do it again, but it only gets 3 stars because the "trail" was so hard to follow.

The views were amazing. Made this our first hike of the Fall season. Weather was nice and cool. First time wearing pants and a long sleeve :) We were a little confused coming back from Bear Lake as the trail was a little washed up, but we made our way back. Trailed off in the beginning, but got back on the path. This ended up being 10.5 miles for us due to us straying off course a bit. Totally worth it! Would definitely do it again

backpacking
2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! This is the backcountry and so there is a lot of bushwalking and finding your own way. No marked trail but every once in a while we came across some trail markings (stacked rocks). Bring 2-3 L of water for the hike and definitely a water filter- at this time of year there is some water in large stagnant pools- also used for swimming and washing dishes. As you climb towards Hyatt lake on the granite wall, stay on the lower end and make the big climb once you are at the “foothill” of the saddle. We tried climbing way before over what it looked like a ridge thinking the path would be easier and flatter- we had to climb back down and lost a bunch time. If you are traveling with a dog make sure they are wearing doggie booties- the granite will destroy the pads on their paws! We were unable to go over the saddle and to Hyatt lake because one of our pups was struggling with the granite. We’ll definitely be back with proper footwear for our 2nd pup. Buy a forest land map if you can read it or download this All Trails map and make sure to bring an extra battery! Hiking poles were super helpful on our way back to the car as there’s a lot of climbing and uneven terrain. Have fun!

Definitely a scenic hike. Had a lot of different pools to explore and involves a bit of climbing. Great for a quick trip to a waterfall.

hiking
3 months ago

Way too steep and off camber in a few spots to call this an easy trail . Bring a face net to keep all the gnats away

If you're an avid hiker, this is an easy trail. If you're new to it, moderate. Beautiful hike taking you through the forest of mixed trees of golden Aspen , pine and fur and alongside trickling creek and calming pools of water. Plenty of places to stop along the trail to hike in a little bit to have a picnic lunch by one of the many water pools.

The trail is not easy to follow but it's not hard to get back on when you realize you're going the wrong way. Just make sure the creek is to the right of you. As long as you can hear it, you're good. When you are almost to the falls, you'll be climbing up and over boulders. Make sure you have appropriate shoes that have good traction.

This trail is doable in runners or cross-trainers but the terrain is a bit tricky. Rocks, sticks, logs and one small part of trail where you're walking over a pooled water area covered with logs. I would recommend shoes that have ankle support. If you aren't careful, you can easily roll your ankles. I did this in trail running shoes and was fine.

One of my favorite hikes this season. We logged 8 miles.

Some parts are difficult to navigate. Lowest angle terrain is your friend. Plan to spend a day or two at the lake. There is a scenic moderate trail around the lake which is about the same difficulty.

Beautiful hike!! The trail is very hard to follow but it doesn’t really matter, it is very difficult to get lost! Just follow the creek and you won’t get lost. This was a very fun hike, not too difficult at all and lots of area to explore. We ended up taking the very low creek/river bed back to the trailhead and it was a great way to take back. Beautiful and fun!

hiking
3 months ago

Super fun bouldering toward the upper part of the falls. The trail is not always real obvious, but you’re always in cell service and GPS works great. Lots of friendly people on the trail, too. The lower part of the trail is pretty shady and there are a lot of picture perfect places to stop along the way.

Best in winter/spring when the falls are flowing. Trail is a little difficult to follow.
Views are stunning at the top.

backpacking
3 months ago

Amazing trail!

hiking
3 months ago

As Cindi said, this is not an easy hike. It is very steep in numerous places. I'm in pretty good shape and I was breathing hard a couple of times by the time I got to the top of the climb. I was pushing hard but still I thought the climbs were harder than the River Trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Was hard to follow at times. Loved the ability to stop and enjoy the water on the way back. Got caught in a little rain. Be careful! Rocks became slick pretty quickly.

Hiked to it from both directions on the Arnold Rim Trail. Nice views from the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! Trail can be difficult to follow but well worth the time.

backpacking
3 months ago

very nice not to difficult to get to. kids can do this hike. as for the road to rough it is but don't listen to the GPS. take Crabtree rd the two intersect.

This was my first backpacking trip. We did three days and two nights. The last weekend of September all of the creeks were dry, the lakes were a little low but still beautiful. The days were perfect hiking weather in the 70s-80s. Nice chilly nights probably 40-30s. Day 1 started at the Crabtree trail head. The trail was fairly moderate elevation rise. We had lunch at Camp Lake. So beautiful with lovely fall foliage. We hiked further on and ended the day at Bear Lake. We set up camp on the North side of the lake. We found a great camp site with a stone fire ring, enough room for two tents and a view of watching the sunset behind the lake. Our second day was a beast! Quite a climb in altitude had my heart pounding! But the glorious high mountain vistas were absolutely worth it! We stopped to have lunch at an unnamed lake we called Lily Pond Lake. After lunch my son stood up quick and from the high altitude he got a massive bloody nose. Took us an extra 30min just to stop the bleeding. After half a toilet paper roll used, we continued on our journey. Past dried up Piute Creek we ended our day at Grouse Lake. This day was quite strenuous and took us longer than estimated. But this was my first big hiking trip, we had a couple groups fly past us with their happy dogs leading the way. At Grouse Lake we found a spacious camp site with a large stone fire ring on the North of the Lake and trail. On our third day we finished the loop back to Crabtree trail head. This was the shortest day, but the incline in elevation was intense for a little while. On our way we passed a couple groups on horses. And also saw some shy deer. As a whole the trail was very well maintained, perfect for a first timer.

Beautiful high mountain terrain, pretty easy going. Looping round via the Woods Lake Rec Area results in having to climb 2 miles back up the 89; not recommended.

9/29/18 Did the loop as a day trip. 7 hours of walking, an hour of lunch and yoga and an hour of taking photos and just enjoying log sitting.
Clockwise is the way to go - esp for water. Plenty at camp, lily pad, piute, gem and grouse. Nothing between gem and grouse on main trail.
No insects just golden ferns, mushrooms and beauty ❤️

backpacking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views, lots of campsites at Bear Lake, good amount of shade, and trail was clearly marked. Took a couple of newbies and everyone had a great time.

Beautiful! One of my favorite hikes. You can either stop once you get to the falls or keep going and climb up to the top to Avalanche Lake and beyond. I’ve done this hike 3 times now and I will still keep coming back!

We loved this one! The trail is hard to follow but there is so many outcroppings to explore and climb you dont really mind losing the trail. There were enough people coming back to point us in the right direction.

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