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3 hours ago

I have hiked this trail twice, both times I summited. Bring a lot of water as there are no creeks or any other “safe” sources (people skinny dip in the lakes).

Its a great trail and very scenic. Very fun and not very difficult. It took me about 5 hours round trip, the skies were clear and there were no disruptions. Stay out of the sun if you can as it is pretty brutal in July and August.

For the steep rock section, if you have the energy and are acquitted, I recommend going straight down the face. It is faster and takes a lot less time. Just have “respondent” ankles as I say, make sure your ankles quickly adapt and turn if a rock is loose.

No need for tekking poles or any special skills, just perserverance and water! Have fun and goodluck!

There’s nothing more I can say about the view from the top - it’s outstanding.

However, don’t underestimate the challenge of this trail. I’m relatively fit, and it took me 3 hours up and 2.5 hours down.

I was quite surprised to see the types of people attempting this climb, and their level of preparation. As a minimum I’d recommend:

- Good shoes. Yes, you can do it in trainers, but they don’t offer your foot or ankle any protection, and this is rough terrain
- Suitable clothing. You wouldn’t go to the gym in jeans and a sweatshirt, so why try to do a 7 hour walk up a mountain in them? Hiking pants or shorts, and a wicking t shirt.
- A bag big enough to carry the items below
- A warm layer, and a waterproof one if it may rain. It gets cold once you near the summit.
- A whistle to get attention if you’re hurt or lost
- A torch if you’re walking near sunset or the days are short
- WATER. You need about 3 liters minimum. Imagine you were going to the gym for 7 hours and think about how much you’d drink. I saw people with 500ml for the day - that’s going to hurt!

hiking
5 hours ago

Definitely a difficult one! But so worth it!

with being used to.sea level elevation this was one of the hardest hikes I have done but so amazing from the top. definitely a must at least once!!!

Hiked from DL Bliss to Vikingsholm. Very pretty hike! We completed this section in 2 hours.

This is the trail for everyone. If you have visitors from other places this is perfect. Short walk to the falls, short loop trail to Eagle lake, then longer hikes to Velma lake and others. Nice shaded hike and would be perfect for summer. There was a family out today and they had a 2 year old walking, a little one in a pack and were past Eagle lake. Not a lot of altitude for people from sea level as well. Fantastic scenery from every angle. The trail gets five stars, the management get a thumbs down (no permits available) maybe they just are not important. Costs 5$ to park.

day use parking ok..crowded on a saturday..barn trail to cal neva loop had most activity..connector an easy to moderate hike..some water starting to flow across trails..took kb north down..family of deer foraging for winter..cyclist advice..ended up on Edgewood residential street following a forest or service road down to Kingsbury hwy then down hwy 50 back to car...so make sure ur app or map with u
..great for families on barn trail or cal neva loop

One of my favorites, a gorgeous hike! We started out at the trailhead at D. L. Bliss, the campground was closed and the parking at the front was full, but we found parking along the street. We only hiked to Vikingsholm and then turned around, next time we’ll continue the hike into Emerald Bay , with stopping to eat our lunch, and taking pictures, it took us 5 Hrs. Next time and that’s if we get an early start because of parking, we might try starting at Vikingsholm, hike into Emerald Bay, back to Vikingsholm, and continue towards D. L. Bliss for a ways, and back to Vikingsholm, it is a long hike , and my husband and I are feeling the soreness the next day, but it’s a good soreness! Love this hike, I highly recommend, especially in October when the crowds were minimal and the aspens scattered randomly along the hike were so beautiful.

This trail was my first experience hiking and I loved it...

hiking
1 day ago

The best Fall hike! Bring the family.

Amazing worth every step

hiking
2 days ago

Great views and fun to check out the old lighthouse - tho it looks more like an outhouse :D

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful views! $10 parking fee cash or credit.

A relatively easy hike. The trail was kind of hard to spot near the end but otherwise it had great views of the lake with the falls at the end.

Did this for the second time last Monday; the trail itself isn’t very strenuous until the last mile to the peak. I’m sure if you only hike once a year the whole trail will feel strenuous, but for more advanced hikers the last mile will be the hardest part. Beautiful views of the entire lake from the top, so definitely worth the work. Other reviewers have said the trail is hard to follow, but that is really not the case. It’s very straightforward and easy to follow!! (There are also not really any rock cairns so if that’s what you rely on to follow a trail then I could see how it would be hard for you)

IMPORTANT EDIT:

"To get to the trail you can start at the Fountain Place Trailhead and follow the Armstrong Pass Connector trail to Armstrong Pass, then take a LEFT (not a right) on the Tahoe Rim Trail to begin the ascent of Freel Peak."

This is a must do hike not real difficult but you get a really fantastic view at the top.
Today was outstanding- no wind at the top today! Fairly clear and. Lot of hikers for a weekday.

Challenging hike but well worth it for the views! Good hiking shoes are a must and be prepared for all sorts of terrain. It took us around 7 hours and we did not encounter too many other hikers on the trail.

Great route to take!

This trail was amazing. Quite challenging to complete but the views from the top make the effort absolutely worth it. I wouldn’t recommend this trail for those who are unsure of their footing. My friends and I completed the trail in about 7 hours with many photo breaks and an extended lunch at the top.

10-13-18 we started in DL Bliss at the north end of the trail. The Park Ranger and signage stated this trail / campground would close 10-15-18 for the season. The Ranger indicated the trail could still be hiked, but the closest you could park to the trailhead would be just over a mile. There was a $10 fee (1 car, 2 people).

Outstanding hike, but we were time limited and only made it 3.5 miles out before turning around.

Saw many Steller’s Jays and large woodpeckers, not certain on type.

Great view at the end! Really enjoyed the scenery along certain sections of the hike mainly at the start. After you reach the rock boulders, it just becomes more of a slog to summit. Was overall quite manageable and steady ascent. It does get windy at the top so bring layers. Was quite busy hike.

THANK YOU to those who piled cairns/ducks, especially along 50. A great view awaits those that have the fortitude to climb the boulders at the top. We had no wind and the summit to ourselves.

Nice and easy hike to Cascade Falls. So many great views along the way.

10-15-18 The parking lot is closed. Park off the highway and the trailhead is 1/4 mile. Bathrooms were unlocked, but have no running water. Outstanding hike. Tons of room to explore at the end of the trail. Waterfall was small at this time.

Started the hike early which was a great choice. Not going to lie, it was tough. But man was it worth it!

A tough but beautiful hike. Many of trees and ferns were in full fall splendor and the views of Lake Tahoe were spectacular. The cool fall temperatures made for perfect hiking weather as the climb is steep and at times a bit grueling. The wind came up just as I reached the lake, which is peaceful and also showing hints of fall. A few pointers - when leaving the lake, keep to the left (or better yet track your journey with the app), getting off course is easy. Also, there are mountain bikes on the trail, so be alert.

I thought this was more of a death march than a hike as you are basically rock jumping for 2 miles up and down which one wrong step is an injury for sure. It takes strategy, balance, and mindfulness to get up and down this mountain. Beautiful views for sure, but you have to stop to enjoy them.

Did this hike 9/9 and it was absolutely gorgeous! I didn’t find it to be too difficult. The toughest part was scrambling through some rocks combined with the elevation gain, but soon enough you make it back on to a trail. Drove straight from the Reno airport and started the hike around 1530 and ended around 1930. Took about a 20 min break at the lake and another 20 min break once we got to the top before descending.

Started at Tahoe rim trail up to the summit. This took me 5-6 hours to complete and I was hiking it up the hill. Was pretty winded going up and I consider myself physically active- this was worth the treck. Wish I would have worn better shoes and a jacket and had gloves. Once you get to the top it’s freezing and lots of snow. My shoes were muddy and wet and ice cold hands. Was a great cardio workout on the way up. My legs definitely felt this on the way up and down the summit. Just sitting at the top the views are amazing. Highly recommend starting early. I started at 11ish and got back around 5-530. I did stop and take a lot of pictures and also sat at the top for about 20 minutes. Worth the treck to go up. It does get steep in some areas.

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