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It was a nice paved path, benches along the way.
yes it would be good for bikes.
Easy walk , a few people out today.
Nice view
Parking at smith flat rd

Wonderful hike with a 7 year old and baby carried in a backpack.

awesome loop trail. We brought our dogs several times. Lots of people on weekends hanging out at the river during summer months. Nice little beach on the river half way through this hike. Easy access with parking and a toilet at the trailhead.

Great trail. Moderate difficulty only due to its length, otherwise a very easy walk. A couple parts are meh due to having to walk on roads / near campsites, but the vast majority of the trail is beautiful. Cold in Winter so bring something warm, and the lake level is low right now, which gives it an eerie kind of beauty. Highly recommend!

20 days ago

I hiked this trail three times. It is moderate hike. Beautiful views in different seasons. Waterfall at the end of pan handle area is wonderful mid point break. East side trail narrower and more shadowy than west side. Enjoy.

did this trail over the summer, everything was dried up. So summer time is not the time to go! would bet spring time would be best!

very pretty trail! I would say this is easy to moderate. pretty good climb to get to the top. lots of beware of mountain lion signs, so probably wouldn't go alone!

I walk this trail frequently. it's a nicely maintained, paved walking trail, and is pretty easy. the only downside is there are a good amount of homeless people who "reside" in the bushes along the trail, and they leave A LOT of trash

1 month ago

Awesome!!!! Nobody was there. (on a Sunday afternoon). Keep in mind it's a dirt path off the main road and there's a lot of ditches. When you park, you walk for about a quarter off a mile, then you start going down hill.

rock climbing
1 month ago

December on this trail is awesome. No one around, but still able to make out the path. Waterfall is iced over but scrambling up it wasn’t too bad. Really enjoyed the peace and different falls you hit as you climb.

Took our dogs with us on this hike. Fairly easy. Was adequately marked except when we had to walk in the road.

1 month ago

Trail was easy to follow. The waterfall was running nice due to the recent snow/rain fall. Had a couple decent photo ops. Overall, if you’re a beginner, you won’t find this trail too difficult.

A spectacular 8.5 mile loop trail, generally well shaded, around an alpine lake. Parking is available on Mormon Emigrant Trail for a $5 self-pay day use fee. If you park inside the park (entry is just east of the cut off for Emigrant Trail), the day use fee is $13, but you can get a park / trail map at the entry station. The trail is decently marked at most places. A couple parts of the loop, especially down by the dam, force you onto roads where you’re competing with cars. Lake levels are down a bit, which lets you trim a mile or so off of the full distance at the upstream end of the lake if you stray from the trail a bit and brave some mud flats. We’ll be back: this one’s going on the regular rotation.

2 months ago

First hike with our infant in the backpack, it was perfect and easy. We took our dogs as well, they so enjoyed the dips in the water. We saw one other person with their dog.

I love this trail. it is a rewarding work out, wonder views and a great introduction to the natural world.

3 months ago

Very nice falls and trails however there are lack of guidance signs to get to the starting points and also to the destination points... people may get lost if they do have maps or offline navigation, trail does not get signal.

Steep rocky climbs. Small creek at the beginning/end. There were several areas where the trail was not clearly marked.

This was a great hike. We did it in early spring, it rained just a bit the last 1/2 mile and there were snow flurries by the time we got to the car.

Beautiful hike, liked the shade of the trees and being near the water. Has some steep spots but mainly easy trail. Lots of friendly hikers and mountain bikers on trail.

I’ve walked this trail many times. Love it. I haven’t checked out the new paved section yet.

Had a great time camping lake side for two days. the second day did the hike to the waterfall and it was not running. kind of a disappointment. but beautiful park and camp grounds!!!!!! the only other thing was all the hornets. made cooking breakfast a bit challenging, but they where all gone by dusk. Would go back for sure.

long, but beautiful.

4 months ago

Visited Bassi today. Beautiful as always. Not much water but what there was was clear and crisp.

Nice little up and down loop.

I'm 310 lbs and made it around the lake it not easy

Great hiking trail!

on Monroe Ridge Trail

4 months ago

Two of us hiked this trail. Leave extra time to explore the visitor center, the monument, and the grave sites. We lost the trail where all the paths converge in the picnic area near the monument. Trails are not well marked. But they are well maintained. There was little poison oak or berry brambles to deal with. We encountered two trail runners on our Monday hike. Good toilet facilities too. I'd like to go back.

5 months ago

Great little walk.

5 months ago

Easy enough for the kids! Great hike and such a beautiful spot!

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