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Lots of snow but the trail is nicely packed down! I used microspikes the whole way which worked perfectly. My pup did fine the whole way too...

We hiked today with micro-spikes and met a couple others with snowshoes. It’s a pretty easy hike with not much elevation gain. The views along the crest are great. It was a day with blue sky, cool (15 degrees), beautiful white snow and lots of animal tracks. If you are the first person on the trail after a snow you’ll want to wear snowshoes.

If you think you've trained hard enough to hike this trail your probably wrong. Keep your pack light and bring water filtration to save the weight. If at all possible stage your camp at the Devils Tombstone campground. The first half will take between 8-12 hours to complete. It was nice to hike into a prepared camp and recoup for the next days 2nd half hike. The second half starts with a long never ending grade that will tax your aching legs but isn't as difficult as the first half. Make sure you hydrate like crazy at Diamond notch falls. I completed half the hike once and the whole hike the next year after I trained all winter. Well worth the climb because the views are spectacular. I can't wait to do it again while recording it on All trails

good day hike. remember to pack enough clothes with elevation change from bottom to the top the temperature and weather can change pretty quickly.

Rough trail because of snow and ice but well worth the extra effort.

hiking
2 days ago

Must do at least once. I've done it 2.9 times (don't chicken if you are like me, because you'll be back again to finish what you started) and it is indescribable. This last time, in August 2018, I spent the rest of our time in the Valley pointing to the top and telling my husband, "Hey, we were up there on Tuesday morning!!".

First two times, we started at 4 AM and made it up to the cables after 10 AM. There was a lot of traffic, and for this acrophobe, it just made things worse. However, once you summit the sub dome, the cables look IMPOSSIBLE. Get right up to them and you'll see it isn't as straight up as you think. I think having carabiners to clip yourself in just to ease your mind a bit is a great idea, though I've done it without each time. A couple tricky spots, but if you keep things one plank at a time, you'll get there.

In August, my husband and I started at 12 AM. Once we got to the mist trail, I realized we left our gloves in the car (get decent work gloves from Home Depot or somewhere similar as they will work WONDERFULLY for the cables; you need the grip). Had to trek back so we finally started before 1 AM. Hiking in the dark was rough. Took the mist trail up as usual. We reached the pre-dome at sunrise and made it to the top at about 7:30. Absolutely gorgeous. Cables will likely exhaust you, so get ready for a long trip down. We got back to the parking lot (took the mist trail down, though I would recommend the Muir trail down if your knees are in agony; I just wanted my husband to see the falls) at about 1 PM, so it took 12 hours in all, which was the same as the previous trips. Slept for a looooong time after that.

Loved it!

Went on a rainy day, very foggy, so couldn’t see the view, but gorgeous trails and very easy, would love to do again.

Amazing hike. Trail was very packed down and easy to follow. It gets really steep after you cross Phelps brook. The approach to the summit above tree line was very technical and needed concentration and skill. Very steep and icy at some points. Once you reach the summit the views are amazing but the wind makes it so you cant stay very long. Overall the hike was long but gradual and well worth the views.

Very steep!!!! You’re basically scouring the cliff by using thin metal bars to help you up. If you’re bad with heights this is not the trail for you

Awesome but crowded, we waited a good half hour in the slot canyon waiting to go up the ladder in the summer

I suggest doing this first because the trail ends at Skytop Tower so you’re able to kill two birds with one stone!

Great trail, but the leaves made the rocks pretty slippery!

Many other reviewers have summarized great tips so I’ll just summarize my unique ones:
I tried to find information about hiking W when pregnant, and could not find it so I hope to help other adventurous moms-to-be: I was 20 weeks when we finished W (3 weeks ago). The most difficult part was, needless to say, up to Mirador Torres... other personal take aways: 1) hiking poles an absolute must. Never hiked with poles before but with the difficult terrain this was the best thing I could do - also took some strain off my hips and knees. 2) Light packing: we stayed in refugios and fully equipped tents and it was great. 3) Have a hiking partner who can help you - my husband carried even my daypack with just layers and camelback uphill - even a couple kilos extra brought my pulse up very fast hiking uphill so without his help I am not sure it would have been doable 4) plan your energy meticulously - pregnancy is exhausting in itself so don’t run out of energy!! Plan all of your snacks and water (I doubled the usual amount of snacks and water and consumed it all) and REST when body tells you to rest, can be a deal breaker. I usually push through pain, but being pregnant this is not what I recommend 5) be fit pre-pregnancy - if you are trying to conceive and the W seems overwhelming - don’t try when pregnant, it’s about twice as tough when growing a human is also in progress. 6) don’t have anxiety over water quality - I was sleepless the first night because my husband forgot to pack the water filter and bottled water here is not an option (dr’s recommendation) but the water is super pure and I was fine! A lot of minerals in the water, so stomach might be upset first days but nothing to be anxious about. 7) don’t waste time looking for technical hiking maternity gear when preparing - it is ridiculous but there is none so I simply went to REI and sized 2 sizes up for pants and one up for upper body clothing. Be prepared for all seasons in day!

Other than that... Mirador Torres is absolutely breath taking and worth every step! The W is world class! We were lucky and had 3 sunny warm days and one with high winds/hail/rain/sun all in one day! We hiked west to east. Gotta love Patagonia!!

phenomenal

Went all the way to lake solitude.... fantastic

absolutely loved this place.

2nd best hike in the Park...

We went up to Nevada falls via the Mist Trail and then looped back down the John Muir switchbacks. If you like to hike you must do this - it’s beautiful and rewarding. I love this hike. We went when the falls were just thundering and we were soaked so be prepared for that possibility depending on how Vernal falls is running. If you’re in Yosemite and have not done this hike just do it you will not regret it! Spectacular views.

Is the road to the trail always closed??

Seeing a 7.5 mike trail and thinking “how could this be hard?” Is a mistake. The slopes and grades on the mountainside are unlike any hikes I’ve ever completed. You’re doing almost a vertical climb at some parts.

However, hard work pays off. You get some of the most beautiful scenes of the Coast and Bar Harbor to the North. Plus, you get an extreme workout that makes you feel like you completed something insane!

incredible hike with breathtaking views.
We were lucky enough to choose to hike Giant Mountain on a mild winter day.
Crampons are a must for this trail as the trails are steep and icy.

Did this loop and enjoyed it very much. There was plenty of snow and well packed in most places. I found the views from the summits of all three mountains to be excellent. Look forward to doing it again in the fall of 2019

Great day to do the hike, especially since the state park was closed so not may tourists around. Total mileage was 12.2.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice views even in a winter day. A couple spots are a bit rocky but that's the fun.
Probably it's easier to start going south / left from the trailhead and do the loop.

Great winter hike for hikers of all abilities. However this mountain requires traction (microspikes, Trail crampons) in winter months; without traction, the slopes near the summit would be treacherous (quite a bit of ice). With traction, the whole loop is enjoyable, easy-to-moderate, and can be completed in 2-2.5 hours. Enjoy!

Just finished this one today. We started at Hotel Torres and finished at Hotel Grey. We had one day of fantastic weather, one day of good weather, and two dark, cloudy days. We were lucky that the long, amazing hikes (Hotel Torres to Mirador Torres and Refugio Cuernos to Mirador Britanico) fell on the good weather days. I’m sure getting perfect weather on all four days would be a mind-blowing experience, but just the two good days made this an epic experience that surpassed our best hikes in Canada, Norway, New Zealand, etc. This hike is a beast, but well worth the effort!

Hiked the trail round trip in about 7 hours. Beautiful trail and amazing view at the top! 95% of the trail is uphill, so bring plenty of water and be prepared for quite a workout.

hiking
12 days ago

Perfect day sunny with 2 inches of snow and ice views were great

hiking
12 days ago

Love it!

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