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trail running
7 days ago

Great hike through forests, creeks and some excellent mountain views from the Sugar Bowl Trail ridge. I had done the Hart Tree Loop a few times, and decided to do the full 10 mile loop today.

No more snow on the trail as of today, but still some occasional fallen trees and debris that require light scrambling to get over. The dirt road to the trail head had some bumpy spots, but no muddy "bogs" that risked my compact SUV (2 wheel drive) getting stuck.

In the spring the crowd was fairly light. I'm sure in the summer it will get much busier. The only downside is that the drought from years past has left its mark of dead/dying trees (esp. on the Eastern/Hart side) that don't fully "brighten" up the landscape. But still very beautiful.

Trail head is located at the back of the west parking lot. Make sure you stay left on the sunset trail. If you take the north loop trail, it’s very hard to find your way to the lake. We did it but we added two miles to the entire trip and had to make our own trail at times. You can see the lake off the sunset trail. At the lake it says no fishing but we went in late March so no one was there. Also no fish there lol This hike is rated as easy but it’s more like moderate to hard. Good hike overall with very little foot traffic.

Quite the hike. My 10 y/o, 12 y/o, wife and myself completed this March 31, 2018. We had a low clearance vehicle so we used a parking lot a good ways above the road in and hiked down to the road and off to the trail. Absolutely zero people from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lots of snow still so it was nice and tough but magical underneath all those beautiful trees. Bucket list type spot!!

Ok so people!!!! Here is some advice that no one has shared, the road when out of season about 3 miles before trail head is completely unkept, big fallen trees, washed out trail. You have to have a 4x4 vehicle with atleast all terrain tires. I stopped and hiked the 3 miles of road just to get to the trail. Also the trail has some really hard spots that were covered by 1-2 feet of snow. That can make your life miserable. This was a HARD trail when you add fighting through the snow. Otherwise amazing views and awesome air quality! Nice break from the air in the valley.

hiking
29 days ago

This is a great trail to hike with your K9 companion(s). Since this is National Forest land near Kings Canyon, you’ll find the scenery throughout the area to be breath taking. This is a Western US gem.

Trail is pretty easy. And the view is great. Great payoff for a relatively low elevation gain.

Nice easy trail. Great views from the top.

2 months ago

A must. Gorgeous lake. Alot of history in the area. Trail is well maintained.

Great trip. Going over black rock pass is challenging but completely worth the effort to get to little five lakes on the other side.

Lovely hike beautiful views. Trail is very rocky so good hiking shoes are helpful

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike, you have the best views the whole way up. There are streams along the way, so you can pack a water filter to reduce weight of carrying water.

Beautiful hike, be prepared to cross snow fields early in the season before reaching the lower lake.

This is my favorite backpacking stop in Mineral King. Gets a bit tiring about a mile before you get to the lower lake, but an absolutely wonderful place to set up camp. Beware of overly friendly marmots!

hiking
3 months ago

The view to the top is gorgeous! Got a 360 degree of view at big baldy! Watch out for a big fallen tree that blocks the trail at the middle of the trail. My wife was injured when she tried to bypassed it.

The trail was hard to follow even with help from a ranger. The lake at the bottom was nothing special, the switchbacks going back up have a pretty decent incline. You’ll definitely get a workout but the view of the lake didn’t make it worthwhile in our opinion

Amazing hike, lots of climbing but so worth it. I hiked back to mosquito lake and did some fishing for a couple hours and then hiked back out. Made for a long day but the views were amazing. The lakes surrounded by granite are a site to see and the wild life is everywhere.

I chose this hike because the reviews said it was a good place to get away from any crowds, and it definitely did not disappoint! I only saw one other person on the trail. The dirt road leading down to the trailhead is a little sketch, I briefly got stuck in a pothole on the way back up to the main road, but I still managed in my '97 Camry so I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just take it slow and steady. No snow yet, and today was sunny and warm. The fall colors of the oaks were a beautiful backdrop for the towering sequoias, and you even get some panoramic views of the surrounding canyon. Loved this hike!

The only good views are at the very beginning but the rest of the hike was kind of "meh". A bonus though is we see no other people on the hike.

Beautiful trail with a paved section leading up to an awesome overview of the mountains. The Trail then continues as a dirt trail but is well maintained

If you like sequoias and don't like the crowds this is the hike for you. We ran into two people all day. The were some views(all of big baldy and redwood canyon). There was sequoias the entire hike but you will know when you enter the sugarbowl. Redwood canyon itself is nice. You get to hike along a creek for a little while and the fall colors on the oaks were a nice shade of red and yellow. This was a great fall hike!

on Monarch Lakes Trail

5 months ago

This was a very beautiful trail with lots of views, water, waterfalls and wild flowers everywhere!! It was difficult and took us about 6 hrs to complete. We did not see another human after the trail split off from the monarch trail. I would do this again maybe ad a backpacking trip.

hiking
5 months ago

9/9/17. Easy hike. Views at the top and along the way are beautiful.

great hike, very steep, so watch your footing

Great hike away from the crowds. We only saw 4 other people on the trail. There was grove after grove of Sequoias. It really was amazing to be in the middle of such large trees and the still quite of nature. Such a blessing to be able to experience such an amazing place!

Stunning hike. Was tired by the end but a very good tired. Saw only a handful of people until I reached the Sugar Bowl. Spectacular views everywhere you look. Would do this hike again anytime.

Great Hike, beautiful views. The road up, Mineral King, was sketchy. Definitely want to have good tires and brakes.

backpacking
6 months ago

A great hike for the eager and willing. I found relief finally reaching Lower Monarch after steadily battling the uphill trek. Bring a camera! There are breathtaking views all around. I hiked in on Friday and exited on Monday and felt well rested having done Sawtooth Peak in this trip as well.

backpacking
6 months ago

Good place for an easy backpack. There are a couple of streams for water and lots of shade. The forest floor has a lot of sticks on it so finding a campsite took some looking.

Hiked this and Hart Tree as a loop, and camped at the trail junction. The trail goes past grove after grove of sequoias, and there are many great places to camp. Also, since the temperature has been dropping, there were no bugs!

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