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hiking
9 hours ago

Great views looking east Yosemite Valley. If you can camp at the top of Yosemite Creek, Go right first to see Lost Arrow Spire then turn left up Eagles Peak to see the summit of El Cap and the western valley floor.

hiking
11 days ago

Short hike from Yosemite falls. Was lots of ice when I did it at the end of December. I used spikes but saw plenty of people without them.

Easy hike on a well maintained trail. Views from the top are stunning. Kid and dog friendly.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy uphill climb on good trail. Great for kids and dogs which were seen during my visit. A great place for lunch on a clear day. Snow covered mountains and islands themselves make for a rewarding summit.

Stunning views and an awesome hike that’ll leave you tired but exhilarated by the end of it! I went in early May when the falls were gushing and can’t imagine it any other way. Definitely one of the best trails I’ve done!

hiking
1 month ago

NOT 6.7 MILES AS STATED. If you do the falls and the point, it’s about 10 miles round trip. Hike was STRENUOUS to say the least, for a law student fresh out of exams and a professional athlete with 3 months since ACL reconstruction surgery but worth the views. Bring lots of water!! Weather at the top is inconsistent (I visited in the winter), so bring layers. Also wear proper shoes. We saw lots of visitors wearing things like Uggs and rain boots. There’s lots of snow at the top so maybe use boot chains.

Perhaps the most impressive and accessible view of Baker you can get! This hike offers a great variety of fun – a river crossing, meadows, and forests. This hike isn't that hard, there's one moderate climb about halfway through, but once out of the treeline, the scenery is incredible. Fall colors are everywhere in September and early October, with Baker constantly overhead. Both the fire lookout and Railroad Grade are amazing.

Awesome hike. More than 3/4 for the road of potholes have been filled in. Snow was fun to hike in.❄️

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, but about 10 miles round trip if you stop at Yosemite falls too. Trail was easy to follow. Lots of switchbacks and elevation gain so be prepared to push yourself! Great challenge with awesome scenic reward!

Awesome...

We left the trailhead in the dark and still weren’t the first to arrive at the lookout. The guy there said we could share so it worked out great. Clear weather, didn’t even freeze at night. Watched sunset and sunrise and hiked to tarns and bell pass. Tons of day hikers came and went. The trail is boulders in a couple areas below, easy to cross the almost dry river. The twin Sisters range is amazing from up there. Trail got a bit steep when we were just about to the lookout. I’m 68, you can do it too. Mt Baker is my favorite anyway.

We lucked out with a perfect fall day to enjoy this spectacular hike. It was busy (not surprising as this is probably the last really nice weekend we will have for the year) but people and their dogs were all friendly and well-behaved (unlike at some other popular spots we have been).

Loved the variety of landscapes/scenery the entire way up and the views are hard to beat throughout. We enjoyed a lunch break at the tarns and saw a few people who set up camp alongside the water (noted for next time). As others have mentioned, the last 1/2 to 1 mile is challenging, but making it up to the lookout structure is worth it for truly panoramic views.

We arrived around 11am and found a mostly full parking lot, though still a few spots to park. Total we spent about 4-4.5 hours on the 7.5-8 mile round trip hike with about 20-30 minutes spent taking photos, enjoying lunch and the views, etc.. Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake, it’s much more enjoyable than Snow Lake. There is a huge drop off in people on the trail after you pass Snow Lake. Trail is very well maintained.

3 months ago

Leg burning 8 mile out and back with Stunning open unobstructed up close views of Mount Baker glaciers. Surprised how Super crowded trail was on a mid October sunny weekend,
Epic glacier views and crowds rival Paradise on Mount Rainier and Bakers Artist Point over popularized PNW destinations.
At least a dozen off leash dogs made wildlife invisible.., when we finally reached the steep top of the ridge two different loose dogs made safety a concern while we were climbing on and off the precariously perched cliff top lookout. Should really make this trail dog free.

The views were breathtaking and Baker felt like it was right there! Great cell service with Verizon at the top (just not inside the fire-lookout structure). Everyone I spoke with said the last mile was a push. When you see the structure from below, keep going. It’s not as far or as close as you think.

The trail was in great shape except two riverbed crossings.... Just walk straight across. There was a bridge to help you across, it’s gone but very easily crossed at the time of my hike (10/16/18)

The road up to the trailhead was in relatively great shape. There were some potholes but that’s a given on heavily traveled dirt roads. The trailhead is 30 minutes from Concrete.

Tip: There are two drive up, single night campsites next to the trailhead.

I have done this hike on day. Which was very pretty but to capture the beauty one must go at sunrise. We ventured to mountain at 4 am arrived Park 5:45 and headed off we got to lookout probably 45 min to hour. It was very windy and cold when arrived lookout. We stayed up there till sunrise about 7:15 and headed down.

The stars were amazing, my rainier in the shadows was absolutely stunning of course we could not capture those pics with iPhone. Then the sunrise was stunning as it came up the reflection hitting Rainier was stunning!

I would hike to see the sunrise every year here. There was no clouds in

Great for a day hike. Views are rewarding. Fairly easy along the route. The lookout itself is at the end of the hike and looks nice from the ridge half a mile before the end of the hike. Amazing views of mount Rainier and a couple of its glaciers.

The road to Sunrise is supposed to be open for another week or two or until the first heavy snowfall. I didn't see any snow when I was there except for a light dusting on the Burroughs so the road should be good for another week or so! Definitely didn't need spikes or anything on the trail, but it's always good to pack them this time of year, just in case. Definitely dress for cold weather though. We did Fremont as a sunrise hike and made it to the lookout around 7am and it was easily below zero with the wind chill.

Beautiful lakes! Bugs can be pretty bad during summer.

One of my all time favorite hikes! It's a must do! I would recommend eating lunch at the tarns!

Absolutely stunning! This trail was so beautiful it took my breath away! (but that also could have been because I forgot my inhaler lol) I am definitely out of shape, and don't hike a lot so this completely kicked my butt, but it was so worth it! Hiked with a friend, and we missed the tiny sign pointing the way to Anderson Lake (it is just a small wooden post along the side of the trail by the boardwalk) so we only had time to go to Watson Lakes, but they were still gorgeous! Even the drive up to the trailhead is amazing with views of the mountains towering above the valleys. All in all it was a wonderful day, and I would definitely go back sometime to do Anderson Lake too!

Trail was overall super amazing, great views, killer nature vibes. Tough time when my group reached the top within the 12 people limit to stay in the lookout but we found three men who weren’t willing to share with anyone else who planned on staying up there. They turned away close to 20 people. So we were forced to walk back down.

backpacking
3 months ago

Definitely worth going to extra distance to Gem Lake from Snow Lake. Very pretty and a good place to stop for lunch.

Great hike! Very pretty and great views of Rainier and the area. Trail is on the side of the mountain.
Easy hike.

Amazing hike! Wonderful views saw some goats on the way up.

hiking
3 months ago

Strenuous. But you get great views along the way and the top is fantastic. Definitely bring plenty of water, you’ll be going up switchbacks most of the way and you’ll be in the sun a lot. They recommend 3 qts of water, I probably went through a gallon.

A nice late September hike with sunshine, blue skies above sunrise lodge. Got there around 10:00 am and got back around 2:30. Had lunch up there. The mountain was out and so were the goats down below fun to see. Good workout day. Looked inside the fire lookout tower. I’d like to spend the night up there the views are fantastic.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a beautiful hike with incredible views from start to finish. Definitely areas that were a bit challenging but well worth it.

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