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Beautiful view with the snow and lake. Highly recommend spikes.

Short bit difficult; went in March (3/14/18) and very icy. Made harder and less fun. Want to go back

I definitely recommend crampons/shoe spikes!! Very necessary. Very steep slick icy spots still, saw multiple people slip! It’s totally worth the incline up!!!

3 days ago

Trail was very snowy and due to the past few days of wind the snow wasn't very packed. Super beautiful and amazing hike and there were plenty of people on the trail, but I would not recommend it without snow shoes

4 days ago

Hiked 3/13 with boots plus 30 lbs of camera gear, 20oz of water, a camera monopod/tripod/walking stick, and a MacBook Pro 15 (Which I regret carrying). Trail is mostly snow and very little ice unless you include the frozen lake. Great for first timers during all seasons. Definitely quite the winter wonderland and there's a fair amount of friendly people throughout the trail.

Beautiful lake.

Fun. Parking is tight. Though one can park at two other trail heads.

4 days ago

Hiked 3/14. Great hike for people who are familiar with the outdoors. We hiked with just hiking boots but microspikes would have definitely been handy as the snow was a bit slick/slippery. Beautiful weather made it an incredibly beautiful hike. When we arrived at Emerald Lake it was extremely windy but we were able to sit and take in the majesty of the lake for a few minutes before we headed back.

Terrible. You have to hike up a road to even get to the entrance.

Great trail for beginners like myself! Can’t wait to go in the summer

7 days ago

Steady climb but easy pace and well trafficked. Nice reward at the top.

Icy, but beautiful & worth the effort.

Don’t let the trailhead fool you! The path gets extremely(!!) steep and slick. Even with crampons it was tough! Saw lots of people attempting it with Converse/Nikes/Keds and slipping or having to just slide down. Many people turning back halfway too. Ice spikes are a must!

Great hike did it yesterday 03-10 about 3 Miles round trip.. beautiful lake the water was just as pristine as u can imagine and waterfall .. the trail is somewhat doable without micro spikes but highly recommend them because a few places were pretty slippery

Amazing hike!

I just wish the trails were marked.

Make sure to wear ice spikes! Can be pretty slippery. Great views and a great hiking workout - uphill madness!

Did the hike on Sunday, 3/4, and the snow was packed down enough to hike in my hiking boots. I had Yaktrax on, which helped a lot after the sun got warmer and slushed up the snow on some of the steeper parts. The trail does take on a few different paths at points, but they all converge together eventually. Get there early, too! I got there at about 9:30, and the giant lot was already half full, and by the time I got down around 11:30, it was completely full.

Fun hike, needed my microspikes. Trail was snow packed and ice after the first 600 or so feet. People without traction devices were having lots of problems. Beautiful ice on the falls. Crystal clear water. I will definitely be back in the spring.

13 days ago

Snow is packed enough to do in boots!

14 days ago


Road leading up to the trailhead is not very well maintained but any car should be able to make it no problem. The trail is pretty short so you can get to the falls in less than 10-15 minutes. When I was there the falls were basically all frozen. You could see a little water running behind the ice. Microspikes helped a lot, especially if you want to actually get up close to the frozen falls. I definitely plan to come back in Summer when the falls aren't frozen.

I went to the dunes during the day for a few hours and then hit Zapata Falls a little before sunset. Zapata Falls campground is awesome and suggest staying there if you want to camp. Thats where we camped and other than the wind was perfect.

15 days ago

Beautiful hike that wasn't crowded at all. Snowy in a lot of spots so I would highly recommend using your spikes for traction.

Great fun, lots of small trails, different ways to get to the top. While high above the starting point, sitting and dangling my feet off the pulpit wasn't scary, even though I don't normally like heights. The trails could be posted better. You can see the pulpit from almost anywhere in the park.

Beautiful start to finish

16 days ago

It takes longer to drive up to the trailhead than it does to hike to the falls. The falls are pretty, but the trail leading up to them is uninteresting and ill-maintained. The road to/from the trailhead from the highway is BRUTAL on your vehicle with potholes and bad grating. Absolutely a no-go if your car has low clearance. Awesome view of the Dunes from the parking lot, though.

Beautiful hike and great length. Only thing that was tough is it was very snowy and we forgot to bring spikes/ snow shoes.

First 14er. The gain in elevation was harder than expected for my friend and I, which meant the hike took longer than we had planned. Best views I've ever had and the experience was exhilarating! Make sure you have plenty of water, protein and healthy fats snacks(nuts, bars, etc.). Went in October 2016, temp went back and forth between just a hoodie and needing a wind resistant, thermal coat.

Seemed longer that 3.3 miles but well worth it.

18 days ago

It is an amazing and beautiful hike to Hanging Lake. This trail is heavily trafficked and the parking lot fills up really quickly. They have plenty of areas to rest on your way up and it’s almost all up hill. It can be difficult for anyone not from the area with the high altitude. The way down is easy, up is the only semi difficult part but worth it!!

18 days ago

Snowshoed this trail last night at full moon light. Nice short trail and spectacular views. The peaks were lit up with the reflection off the snow. Can't wait to get back here and see it in the daylight!

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