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It’s full of snow now!!! So beautiful!

Last summer I took my grandkids on this hike, we enjoyed it so much. The beauty of the trail and waterfall was astonishing.

Trail is closed per signs posted. You are unable to hike the trail and doing so is trespassing. Do so at your own risk. you can walk down the trail across from this one, passed the driving gate and you are atop the bass lake dam. Theres beautiful views. It makes up for this trail being closed.

hiking
16 days ago

Easy trail with a gorgeous prize at the end !

Well maintained. Lots of things to do. Gets very busy in the summer and on weekends. Rentals available for various water sport activities.

hiking
18 days ago

Not a difficult hike and not to long, the views are gorgeous. The waterfall had plenty of water it was the perfect spot for photos.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful during winter.

Just completed this hike on December 27th 2018. It was a little more than 2 miles to the Frozen waterfall. good for dogs and people of all ages. Sun was shining, snow on the ground, slightly cold but overall a great hike!

Very short, but sweet. Beautiful waters and it doesn't seem like too many people go here

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful hike with a steep incline and great views of the lakes! The train descends to crystal lake where you can hang out and enjoy the water. It’s unique because I think you can only access that lake through a hike, therefore the area is relaxing and quiet! We did this hike after driving up from LA and it was perfect because of the short amount of time needed and the great scenic rewards!

Beautiful views on an historic waterway.

We did this hike as a family and loved every minute of it! The falls was frozen over and it was amazingly beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

My first hike ever! My girlfriend took me here in September and it was so easy and rewarding. It was our first hike together. So yesterday we decided to go back to take a better picture and we were pleasantly surprised when we saw the frozen falls! What a beautiful sight!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, one of my favourite lakes in the basin. Steep climb up but fantastic views

hiking
2 months ago

Nice day hike. Trail tends to have steep areas and slippery rocks...

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail on 7/21/18. Drive up to the parking lot, it is about 3 miles off of the road and makes the trek much more enjoyable as the road leading up to the trail is quite steep. The falls are beautiful but to get close to them there is some rock climbing necessary. There is a nice little spot to get into the water weather permitting. In late July it was about 85 degrees and would have been nice to get in.

hiking
2 months ago

Went with 2 friends on 11/11/18 and found the waterfall completely frozen over. We arrived early in the morning around 9am and it was empty and the road itself was a bit bumpy but I was driving slow like a turtle and avoiding the bumps and holes along the way. A bathroom is available at the trail entrance but there is no toilet paper provided so heads up. Trail itself is pretty easy, and we passed someone pushing a stroller on our way back. Trail itself ends at the waterfall, had a great time...worth the drive and the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is not marked very well. If you use google/apple map, they will point you to the a start point on Road 222. That is probably because there is relatively more parking there. But the good part of the trail actually start on Road 274. Look for road "7s82" in google maps. And on Road 274, there are extremely few parking spots. So better follow the google/apple map and park on the Road 222.

Reg the trail itself, it is quite steep and not at all marked. And on our hike day in november, we didn't run into any other hiker. So it was a bit unsettling.

on Crystal Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

I am a seasoned hiker for sure, having hiked much longer and harder trails than this one, down into the Grand Canyon, up to Wheeler Peak, as well as Grinnell Glacier and other tough hikes, so this hike wasn't very hard on me as far as switchbacks were concerned. But what got me was that the trail wasn't in good of shape as I would have liked it to be, up towards the 3/4 mile point. The trail is very narrow there and right by a very steep drop off. If you weren't careful and made a wrong move or slipped on the loose sandy terrain, you could potentially fall to your death right there. Way too narrow for my taste. Not for people afraid of heights.

on Rancheria Falls Trail

2 months ago

Great trail for the whole family! My husband and I took our daughters (4 and 2 years old) 10/28/18 and they absolutely loved it! It wasn’t busy at all when we went (1:30pm) and we even ate lunch at the top of the trail! The girls needed hoodies since it was a little chilly by the waterfall. It was a gorgeous day!

We planned to hike up to Crystal Lake but saw a sign up to the crest so we had to do it. It was well worth it. You can see many lakes in the area from the top. When you get toward the top you will see a trail to the left and onward to the top. A couple told us to keep going up to the crest and it loops at the top. You can see the back of half dome at the top. Beautiful hike!

hiking
2 months ago

No sorry. This trail didn’t work out for us. Our Wiem was very nervous and uneasy walking over the metal grate bridges, which caused uneasiness for us as well. Some fellow hikers told us that the ending waterfall was worth it, but our poor baby wasn’t enjoying herself so we called it quits. May 2018

nature trips
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. It was definitely warm and a very busy day. The trail was easy but we didn’t get to check out the falls close up, just from afar as several huge families were there sitting on the trail, quite annoying. We will try it out again. Went in late August 2018 before school started.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike to a beautiful lake. A must do hike- we continued up to the crest overlooking so many lakes.

Great hike with panoramic views and fall colors.

beautiful but very slippery..

Amazing walk among all the beauties of fall colors and amazing reflections

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with spectacular views of several lakes! The crystal lake by itself has amazing reflections!

birding
2 months ago

Just as reviewed. A nice short hike. Took small dog and he did well. The earlier you go the fewer people. Got busier closer to noon. Great views and decent birding.

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