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It’s 1.5 miles straight up hill. No gradual rises but totally doable. Went with my sons 5th grade Fieldtrip and had a great time!

LOVED this hike. Took about 2.5 hours round trip and it was so worth it.

It had been 25 or so years since I'd been up this side, and I'd also forgotten how much easier it is in comparison to the Aspen Grove Trail head. I just love the long climbing switchbacks across the terraces, and how the views in both directions are changing continually throughout the hike. Between the two and three mile marks (approximately) there is also excellent opportunity to see plentiful sea life fossils, if you know what you're looking for. Water sources become more and more limited as the season draws out, so be aware, carry plenty and consider a filter. This mountain is so amazingly majestic, and never disappoints, at least in my opinion. Even if you only plan to hike to the basin, this is one of the easier places to always spot Mountain Goats, which is always entertaining. Excellent hike, I need to knock this one out again before the season is finished!

The view is amazing. Anyone that says differently is taking it for granted. Bring lots of water because it gets hot and it’s uphill the whole way up. Make reservations ahead of time and bring a jacket for the caves because it can get fairly cold inside the caves. Loved it!!

backpacking
2 days ago

We started at 5pm on a Friday. There were plenty of spaces to park. The incline isn’t bad, it’s the distance that makes this hike difficult. By 9pm, the sun went down and it was amazing! As you look down the valley, you’ll see people starting their hikes for sunrise. We made it to the meadow/basin area in 7 hours (we had large backpacks on requiring multiple stops), slept over, started our summit at 9am. It took us 2hrs to get from the meadow to the saddle. From the saddle on is where it gets tough; if you’re scare of heights, this is where you’ll have to debate if you’ll summit or not. Pass the saddle, you’ll do a bit of scrambling to summit. It took us another hour from the saddle to the shack to summit. I highly recommend bringing a lot of water and a filter. There’s not much water on the trail, all the spring falls are dried up now.
Totaled hours hike (for a slow hiker): 14hrs.

Beautiful hike! We started around 9:30pm and got to the Basin around 1am. I had some altitude sickness during the last mile that added some time. We camped in the basin and watched the sunrise then headed back down. Hard hike but worth it!

Ended up being about 4.75 miles out and back
saw mama and baby moose near beginning, steep!

This is an awesome trail for a quick hike.

Anyone giving this a bad review probably just has a bad attitude.

The falls are beautiful, and there are some great views.

Sunday afternoon was a great time to do this. I only ran into a few people.

Took the first step at 5:30 a.m. Hit the summit in 3 hours flat, back down in 2.5. Trail was beautifully uncrowded on a Sunday morning. Found myself face to face with a couple good-sized mountain goats, but they were super chill. Pretty wiped out, but a great hike!

hiking
4 days ago

They say it's hard. How hard can it be, you think? They're not lying - it's HARD. To the saddle it gets hard-steep but not hard-technical about 2.5 mi in, where for the next 0.6 mi you climb 1,000 ft and it's RELENTLESS. You go up rocks (imagine the rocks in a mountain stream) rather than a dirt trail. It definitely gets your heart rate up and your legs wobbly. It would be ok up to the saddle with a kid but challenging: a lot of times you have to step up higher than adult-knee high so for a kid it would be very tiring.
Once you get to the saddle, the way up to the summit is 500 ft up in 0.4 miles, and very technical. I would think twice about taking a kid there, or even someone who is not very sure-footed or who is scared of heights. Look in the photos for a picture by Christine Cote that looks straight up: that's the way you're going. You really have to look for footholds at every step. Going down is equally challenging.

Once you get to the summit though, you're on top of the world. No picture can do justice to the view there. You just don't want to leave.

Note that mid-August the streams were dry; no point in bringing a filter. Just bring plenty of water; I went through 2 L and ran out with about 1.5 mile to go.

1:56 ascent not stopping and at a solid pace, 1:36 descent jogging at times.

did this hike today. very steep in places very beautiful wooded hike with the sound of the river always near and the falls at the end was amazing. well worth the hike.

Hiked this trail on 8/4/18. Started around 5:00 am and found very little parking available. We parked on the highway and walked to the trailhead. Hiked in the dark for an hour or so and then had all the spectacular views all the way up. There were so many people coming down from the top looking pretty miserable and tired. Overnight hiking is overrated. 3:40 to the top. and and about 3 hours to the bottom. 3L water. It was a fun day.

This was a longggggg hike! Not too hard though. We started at 2:30am and our group ended up splitting up in the meadow. Made it for the sunrise at the summit and it was FREEZING!! But the east side of the mountain warm and nice. So bring a jacket if you go that early. We encountered a moose and it’s baby about an hour in right on the trail. The group right behind us sent their dog to get the moose off of the trail but it ended up charging at us! Super scary and thankfully we were able to slide down the cliff a little bit so we didn’t get trampled. Definitely need headlamps but I liked hiking at night. I didn’t need all the water I brought because it wasn’t too hot. The sun coming back wasn’t too bad but I felt for the people heading up around 10am. That’s a different hike I’m sure! Not sure I’d do it again but it was so beautiful and worth it!

hiking
8 days ago

My 2nd Summit! Amazing experience. Took me several attempts, but this Mountain helped prep me for much more to come … ! :-) _/|\_

It is a great trail

I live in the last house before the trail and let me tell you, we love that hikers use it! Some neighbors down the street are real strict about parking and we have been fighting to prevent a gate at the bottom of the street. there are lots of wasps on the trail (especially by the 2 water spots near the beginning of the hike) and occasionally a snake in the bushes. i take my small dog up there nearly every day and would say the bees are the only pests. It has some steep parts near the top with loose rock so be careful and go straight then right to see the waterfall when you reach the rock slide. Please pick up after your dogs and throw it in the bucket at the bottom of the trail and don't be shy, say hi if we're outside!

Fun, easy, good for kids and dogs. Beautiful views of Minnehaha Falls.

The hike for me(18 years old) took 5 hours from parking lot to parking lot. absolutely breathtaking view and really feels accomplishing! Easy trail to follow. Make sure you write something and put in the mailbox at the peak!

wowowowwowoowwow so pretty. but also I just got back and I am dead. this is a pretty hard hike but work yourself up to it. its totally worth it

I did the hike on a Sunday and started at 6 am. The trail was not crowded the day that I went little more people in the afternoon but not bad. I would rate the first 6 miles as moderate and the last mile or so as hard as you will go up some steep slopes at the top. It took me just over 4 hours to get up with a lot of stops to enjoy the trail and see the wildlife. I was able to see a moose with baby, 4 deer, and 2 mt goats with in the first 3 miles but did not see much after that. I would bring plenty of water there is water on the trail but it’s all within the first 2 miles unless you are hiking to the lake then you will have water at the top. After hiking this trail I would tell anyone that is into hiking this one is a must. Even if it was only to the saddle it would be worth it.

off road driving
10 days ago

Decent trail for off roading. There were a few hills where I felt like my Truck got some good exercise. The view up at the top is amazing!

Beautiful but crowded on the weekends. Started at 6:30am and had to park down the road a ways. Saw some mountain goats and a baby, so cool. Not terribly difficult the first 6 miles or so. The last bit was a climb. The last few miles were long but over all it’s not terribly hard just long. Lots of people made for lots of passing in close areas. Oh and you will most likely need to use the bathroom along the way. There were tree areas that were used for the bathrooms. Please pick up and pack out your trash there!

Hiked to the peak for the first time yesterday morning. Started just after 2am and made it to the peak by 5:30 with enough time to relax and enjoy the sunrise, which was absolutely beautiful. Summiting from the saddle to the peak was challenging after already being exhausted from hiking for several hours, but believe me, it is worth it. Plan extra time for water/ snack breaks. Pack a headlamp if you will be hiking at night, and pack layers. I started with just a long tee shirt and pants, then had to add layers at the top, but hiking down in the sun became pretty hot. Bring a sharpie to sign your name on the shack at the top!

Finally checked this hike off the bucket list! It was a fabulous day. 3 hours and 45 minutes to the summit and then back to the car in 7.5 hours round trip. It was a Saturday and super crowded. We had to park on the road about .5 mike from trailhead. Started at 6:00.

I did not do the cave tour because tickets were sold out today so will give it 3 stars but the hike is a good cardio , I have enjoyed the workout. Next time will make sure to do the tour.

Did this a little under prepared and on a whim. Don’t recommend that! The first 300 yards is very steep and let’s you know you’re in for a day of it. We hiked to the saddle , roughly 500 feet below the summit. That was probably enough (we started at 4800 ft, and the summit is 9100), but being so close we finished the hike. The hike past the saddle to the summit is a bit more like rock climbing than hiking. Tough but fun.

I’m 52 yo and in decent shape but it was a challenge. My comments? Plenty of water (it was 96 degrees the days we hiked it), leave early (we didn’t start until 0930, too late), and be prepared for an all day event. It took us almost 5.5 hours to do the 7.5+ miles. The view is worth it. And sign the book st the top. Last thing, rattle snakes seen on our trip near the summit.

hiking
12 days ago

Meh. More for the workout, not the views.

Beautiful and challenging.

hiking
12 days ago

What a climb! 4.5hrs round trip for my pup and I (saddle and back). Start early to beat the heat and bring plenty of water. Constant uphill with limited shade.
Heard from multiple hikers that the scramble to the peak is a bit sketchy, so we were satisfied with the saddle views (roughly 3.4miles up to get there)

Great hike with the three Kings. Trail was maintained well until the extremely large mountain goat began to chase us up the hill. One of my friends (College bound football player) struggled greatly as he brought little to no food including only Ritz crackers and Saltines and promptly ran out of water on the way up. He also complained the entire way down (exaggerating about organ failure) to the car and made the trek longer then necessary while taking ample breaks. Meanwhile my other friend and I had little to no struggle and didn’t complain the ENTIRE way down. Overall, a great experience.

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