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walking
28 days ago

*pretty unpopulated trail in october- YEY!
*last bit of trail is a road that takes you up to the fire lookout station at the top. Views up there are wonderful!
*bring all the water you'll need- there isnt any on the trail.
*gorgeous views in the last mile and a half!

walking
1 month ago

* pretty, uncrowded in october.
* bring what water you need.
* lovely views!
* forested, shady, peaceful, wonderful walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly in the trees, striking view of the lake from the top. You can continue on to Martin peak if you want.

Great hike with great views. Starts as a dirt road, at the big sign you take a left onto the trail. You can make this into a nice loop (adds maybe a mile and adds no elevation gain) by continuing onto the castle mountain trail a bit and then taking the pacific crest trail back down. The pacific crest trail is a very sharp left turn, easy to miss.

Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Great mellow trail!

backpacking
2 months ago

This is my first post so I apologize if I forget to include any info. I backpacked & camped with z group of 5 people for 3 nights at Upper Sardine lake. Got there via the Mono Pass Trail that starts off at Tioga road from the east entrance of Yosemite. Not a hard trail but also not easy either, then again I’m a newbie. This was my first camping trip, never backpacked before in my life, first time to Yosemite, first time fishing, first everything and I loved it! This was the most beautiful amazing adventure I’ve ever had. From the start of the trailhead inside Yosemite to our campsite outside the park in Inyo under the trees next to the lake, the scenery was breathtaking to the point of bringing tears to my eyes, then again being my first time in the wilderness I was having a bit of sensory overload from all the beauty and the silence away from humanity. There were little to no mosquitos, saw a few deer, tons of fish in this lake, they kept jumping out of the water it was so cool! Took a day hike through Parker Pass to Parker Pass Lake which was the most beautiful color of cobalt blue I had ever seen. Throughout the duration of my stay we hardly saw another soul in sight except for a day hiker here and there. The one thing I underestimated as a newbie was the cold at night; during the day we had beautiful weather in the mid to high 70s, but at night it was in the low 30s and I suffered a bit, lol. But despite the cold at night, I enjoyed every single moment of this trip and can’t wait to go back. This trail was totally doable even for a novice like me, so don’t worry when the trail goes from easy to all uphill for about a mile and a half when you almost reach upper sardine lake, the view of Mono Lake far down below and the serenity of this place are completely worth it. This place is beyond amazing and perfect everyone.

This trail looks like it’s never used. Nice scenery but not spectacular. It had a huge fallen tree across it a mile or two in from hwy 89 which was difficult to get around. Overall I’d say it’s the most unused trail I’ve seen in a long time. The creek doesn’t look like it’s good habitat for trout, even though fishing isn’t allowed.

off road driving
3 months ago

Went up Saturday morning in my 2018 Tacoma off road.
Stock no mods, all weather tires, literally got it two days ago.
Trail was well maintained. We were behind an explorer that couldn’t make it up half way. .
Lots of hikers on the trail.
Definitely a fun trip.
Upper lake was beautiful.

off road driving
3 months ago

Gorgeous lakes. My brother and I drove up to Upper Sardine. People say it’s a gnarly road up, and while Subarus won’t make it up, my mild Toyota made it up without a single scratch. I highly, highly, recommend camping at Upper Sardine... We had it to ourselves and could see the PACKED campsite at Lower Sardine from where we set up camp.

We hiked to Sierra Buttes Lookout from Upper Sardine. What an incredible hike! Highly recommend it!

hiking
3 months ago

5 stars for first half. 2 for last half (going clockwise from rest area) I do not reccomend doing the "loop". its not really a loop, I think it's just some guy recorded his hike and called it a loop for alltrails. once you get to the back end of Boreal or condos I think, turn around. The rest is exposed, hard up, hard down on a 4 wheeler dirt road. Thankfully it wasn't too hot today, but there is virtually no shade this way for the last 3 miles. the Trail was perfectly easy to follow so nice to this point. I really do not think the last part in Boreal is a trail. it's not marked and I got "in trouble" for walking on the property with my dog. So, save yourself the frustration i had and turn around when you get to the Donner Summit Resivour.

hiking
3 months ago

Our rating is based on our shortened hike. We only hiked to about the halfway point of the full trail, then turned back toward the Lake Tahoe view spur trail on our return. The forest trails were pretty and easy to hike. The views from the spur trail were really nice. The rock formations at this lookout point were beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Went early there were a bunch of family’s at the lower lakes but if ya hike up the 4 wheel rd and hang a left around the lake there’s great swimming spots with a good Mt. backdrop.

on Tahoe Vista Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Wonderful hike!!

hiking
4 months ago

It was a lovely hike. Trail was well marked but not super crowded. Bikes share the trail but they were very polite. Awesome wildflowers about 1.5 miles in and to the vista point at about 3.7-4 mile marker on App. I wish it was a loop

Great hike as advertised. Lots of wild flowers and spectacular views.

on Sardine Lakes

off road driving
4 months ago

We actually drove the trail. The beginning of the trail posts a sign that lets you know you can hike, bike or drive it. Really needs to be a 4x4 of sorts. Great drive and outstanding lakes. You start with one lake and then go up to a second lake. Amazing!

off road driving
4 months ago

Sardine lakes did not disappoint! It’s absolutely stunning, if you’re thinking about making a trip there do it! There’s campgrounds very close to the lake and there were very few people there for it being a Saturday at noon. For those who want to go to wheel up the trail, here’s some good info for you. The trail is extremely rocky, so having skid plates will help a ton. It’s also extremely skinny, and there are only a couple points to turn around. I wouldn’t recommend taking a full size truck up. I took my 03 Ranger (3” Lift, 33’s and it’s 2 wheel drive but it has a rear locker). The trail is so skinny that my truck barely fit in some parts. There’s a few big rocks that can’t be avoided that will 100% contact the underside of your truck unless you’ve got a rig on 40’s or a huge lift. I was joined at the end of the trail by a Tacoma and 4Runner (both lifted with a/t tires) and watched a nice 4x4 f150 (stock height and Tires) get pretty messed up on this trail. He had to back down about a 1/4 of the way and banged his truck up pretty good. Overall, a fun and not very challenging trail if you’ve got a decent rig and some driver skill. If you’ve got any questions you can find me on Instagram @jakeramirez99 and I’d be happy to give you any info about this trail you want.

Beautiful day! Great hike, but you do end up on a road for the last 1/4 mile. Thanks to the folks that found my phone! You guys rock!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike this morning to top of Martis Peak from Brockway Summit trailhead (just below heading towards KB). Gorgeous views on a gorgeous day.

hiking
5 months ago

Really peaceful trail for the most part! Snowshoes aren't necessary but I'd recommend them for some parts of the trek. I was not fully prepared so I got stuck in snow in some parts.
If you look at the trail where it splits near the beginning, going left will take you on a road, while going right is more trail. I did this hike in early May so there still was some snow on the ground! It made it pretty difficult to see exactly where you need to go. At this time of the year I recommend going left and staying close to the road.

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail. I hiked it in April 2018 and most of the trail was snow covered, but it was frozen enough that I did not need my snowshoes. There’s a great viewpoint of Lake Tahoe just off a little trail about 1 mile down the TRT. I hiked to the Fire Lookout and up the last few meters to the summit of Martis Peak. About 10 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation gain, round trip. Make sure you know where you are going when there is snow on the ground.

hiking
6 months ago

Breathtaking !!! My fave place soo far.

Great spot. Beautiful vistas. Trail that continues towards Nevada is a bit icy, glad I had poles.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Well marked and beautiful view of Lake Tahoe. Good starter hike experience for families with young kids.

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Great hike, dogs loved it. Views we’re stellar! Snow was perfect for snowshoeing.

Nice and easy for a New Year's Day hike!

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Also went parallel with the plan to catch the actual trail on the way down, but couldn’t get to the Peak with the snow. Snowshoes helped but in certain areas, especially getting up to the Peak, yaktrax or some kind of spikes would be most helpful. The views from the Ridge were amazing none the less.

snowshoeing
10 months ago

Snoweshoed up to the peak on 1/11/18. We didn’t travel on this trail directly, instead we went parallel to it and then came back on the opposite side, making it a loop. Most of the trail was pretty easy with snowshoes, with the exception of the top, where you really had to dig your crampons in to get yourself up the final stretch. The top was stunning and we even watched a snowing cloud moving in towards us. The effort was worth it!

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