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Beautiful! Completed Dec 30. Came accross some bear tracks - looked like a mama and at least 1 cub. The snow is packed in the lower portion, but gets powdery and deep as you approach the hump. If you're planning on going past the hump, bring snowshoes or xcountry skis. Crampons also helped with traction. Trail isn't always visible, so I'd recomend using an offline map and gps for nav. It's a fun trail, highly recommend.

12/22/18 Beautiful views and wonderful weather. There's snow on the trail but not enough for snowshoes. I had yaktraks for the way down but others in the group didn't and handled the hike just fine with they're hiking shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

I did this trail November 25th 2018 started at lodgepole campground and when all the way up to Twin Lakes. I had always intended to make it a single day hike and by the time I got the Twin Lakes my legs were pretty pumped out so I didn't go up to the summit. Besides the root was covered in icy snow and I didn't have any crampons and didn't want to risk it.

I passed two sets of hikers coming down from Twin Lakes and one lady who passed me on the way up. by the time I got to Twin Lakes she had already visited probably ate her lunch and was on the way down. she was probably in her mid 20's and I'm twenty years older but in good shape for my age. it took me 3.5 hours to make it up.

because there is a 2in layer of fresh snow I could tell that nobody had attempted to go to the summit, at least not since thanksgiving day when it last snowed.

the views from the lake are beautiful but the tree line is high enough that you cannot see much of the surrounding territory. I agree with other reviewers that to get the best out of this hike you should try to scale at least part way up the summit wall.

the trail is very well-marked but as with all trails when snow covers the ground that's hard to follow. my Samsung Galaxy was able to hold a GPS signal the whole way and so alltrails was able to record my progress. I always find that very useful since it's easy to lose trails and the alltrails topo maps are great for finding your exact position at any given time using the GPS on your phone. course correction is a breeze that way.

Little Baldy sign on the left side of the road. Trail is on the right where you pull over to park!

10/10. Short enough trail, but gives you everything you want out of it. Enough incline to get some exercise. 2-3 switchbacks but the trail is pretty views the whole time. There is a flat bit and since I was the only person I saw on the trail (mid-Nov) it was very peaceful! Views at the top are insane.... worth every second. Careful with your photo ops, the gravel can shift and I almost took a tumble off the cliff at one point.... oops. It was a hazy/Smokey day but I’ll definitely be coming back!

Our total mileage for this hike was closer to 13 miles. This was a very diverse hike taking you through the forrest and finally on the side of a granite valley of sorts. Personally, Heather Lake (the first of the lakes) was my favorite as it's the most accessible and easy to get up close to. The trail around the other two lakes takes you up on the side of granite mountains which is arguably more impressive than the lakes themselves. It's notably colder on the side of the mountain being removed from the coverage of the trees. I broke out my trekking poles from the onset of the hike and used them the entire way. There weren't any spots where I *needed* them but they were definitely appreciated and I'm glad I brought them. We saw some dear and another set of hikers said they saw a bear. We only ran into three other sets of hikers. This is one of my favorite trails in the Sequoia park!

Completed this hike on nov 21st, watchtower closed for winter. Hump trail is going over the hump for sure versus going around! No snow/ice present all the way to pear....next day snow storm came through and closed down generals highway. Gorgeous 3 lakes, well worth the effort.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did my first backpacking trip here. Excellent trail with great views and spots to stay at for the night. A couple of the spots, including by the lake, even have bear lockers, which was a nice touch. The campground by the lake also had a pit toilet. I went in mid-November and it was quite cold (low 20’s at night) so pack wisely.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate climb up Hump trail to Heather Lake then on to Pear Lake. Very cool that there are pit toilets & bear lockers at the camp grounds if staying overnight. Aster Lake (not on the map) is gorgeous about 5.25 miles. Weather permitting, the Watchtower trail back is a must see! Total hike time from Wolverton parking to Pear Lake & back via Watchtower took us 6 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

I hiked Weaver Saturday 11/10. Great trail. Nice easy day hike. I wish I started a little earlier though. I didn’t get to the trailhead until after 12:30pm. It would’ve been cool to have had more time to hangout at the lake. There is so much to see up there! The only reason this one didn’t get 5 stars from me is because the smoke from all the surrounding fires has left a thick haze

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail 11/3/2018. Wonderful day hike. Started at 10 am, it was about 58 degrees. Took 1 hour 10 minutes for me to reach the lake. Steady uphill climb, with beautiful views along the way. Beautiful quiet lake. About 64 degrees by the time I reached the lake. Spent about 1 hour 30 minutes there. I did a little catch and release fly fishing....no luck, but it was a great time. Others at the lake had dogs who seemed to really enjoy the water! Hike down took about 1 hour. I can definitely see doing the loop trail as a 3-4 day backpacking trip.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great day hike! It is not too steep or hard of a hike up to a rewarding view. Only took me 45 minutes to get to the lake where I sat and enjoyed Weaver, ate some lunch, and soaked in the sunshine. The hike back down was just as quick. I parked at the Fox Meadows trailhead. The road to get there wasn't terrible, but could be a little sketch for some. Honestly wishing I had started from Big Meadows trailhead to get a longer hike out of the deal but I didn't know they connected beforehand. Looking forward to doing the loop to Jennie sometime!

on Weaver Lake Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely walk with stunning clear lake at the end. Went start of November so trail was very quite. Small incline all the way to the lake but not tough at all. The walk took us 4.5 hours but we stopped for a while (probs 45 mins) at the lake to relax and also walked round the lake. Round the lake there is no clear trail so have to climb over rocks through small bushes but isn’t too difficult. There are toilets at the trailhead and decent amount of parking

Definitely a favorite hike of mine!

The trail was not marked past Horse camp so we went lft instead of right at the last fork and did a loop back to the road and our car. Since we had already hiked 5 miles we drove most of the way to the look out. It was closed so next time we'll do it right.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked up to Weaver lake, started at 10 am and got there at about 12pm. The hike it self is pretty easy. The trail is marked all the way. Beautiful sight of the lake as you reach the end of the trail. Trout were biting, did a bit of catch and release. It was the weekend so it started to get pretty crowded about 3pm. Would like to backpack around the lakes next time.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Nice easy trail. Good for beginners just starting off. Weird gate that makes it seem like the service road enters private property. Didn’t NEED my 4x4 but I used it a couple times for practice.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome little hike! First mile gets you broke in pretty well, after crossing the creek and getting into the wooded area, it’s fairly easy going. Take your time, remember your up over 9k ft elevation and still climbing! Did not make it up to Upper Monarch as I got a late start and I was running out of daylight. Logged just over 10 miles and the entire hike took me about 4.5 hours. Awesome views of the Mineral King Valley.

hiking
3 months ago

Very good short trail, it is moderately trafficked in the mornings, very well defined and kept up.Trail is a steady easy climb until you finish the last switch backs then levels outs as you cross the saddle between the two mountain tops. On this level part of the trail, you will be passing through a very young forset, The tree are very short. Here you are the giant of the forest as you are taller than the trees. The views you see walking up the trail are fantastic, but what you see from the top is awesome. The very last part of the trail to the top is the hardest and the steepest. It is short, but very steep. You must keep going even if you need to take extra breaks. No matter how long it takes, it is well worth it. Very nice way to spend a morning.

backpacking
3 months ago

Easy trail and well marked. The lake is beautiful and plenty of trout to catch. Camping in the area was nice but was crowded for the weekend, it emptied out after Sunday night. Good trail for beginners with a gradual elevation gain the entire way to the lake. No bug problems either.

Loved this quick hike! Nice views especially at the top! I would rate it as moderate but not difficult at all.

backpacking
3 months ago

Highly recommend trekking poles if you have a heavy pack. If you’re staying overnight there is a bear box and latrine (albeit without an enclosure) at the lower monarch lake. When we overnighted we were informed there were no open fires allowed above 9,000’ so plan accordingly. Beautiful views and a beautiful little lake, you’ll probably see other people there during the day at least.

If you are planning to head to Pear Lake Ski Hut in the Winter make sure you go low around Aster lake and don’t follow the trail on this map that goes between Aster Lake and Emerald Lake. PLEASE NOTE: During winter conditions the route on this map is the summer route and takes you into very steep avalanche prone area. It’s a little confusing because there are Yellow Trail Blazes that mark the trail for both summer and winter routes. Don’t rely on the blazes as your only means of navigation. Go low around Aster Lake!!! Here’s a link to a map for this section: http://imgur.com/a/FbEzq

nice little hard hike lol

nice hike good workout, recommended for those that like hiking and backpacking

What a treasure to see while visiting the Sequoias. You can either park at Horse Camp and walk the couple miles to the lookout or drive the trail directly there. Either way, it’s worth the trip. Be sure to call ahead of time as the lookout is seasonal (559) 565-3676.

hiking
3 months ago

A great hike, easy enough for kids to enjoy the pleasure of climbing, best view on the top, animals on trail.

Great loop hike. Recommend to anyone wanting just a few days in the woods. Bring a map. More turnoffs than I expected.

on Lost Lake Trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, really a good workout if you start at the Rowell Meadow trailhead and do a out and back day hike.

The lake is spectacular with amazing rock formations rimming the bowl.

Absolutely no mosquitoes when I went on September 8, 2018.

This is such a wonderful hike. It is difficult, with the first mile and a half being the hardest and most exposed. It's also the worst part when returning - steep, hot, and your feet are dying to rest. We clocked in 11.3 miles on this hike, not 8.4, but we also went to the upper monarch lake as well (worth it). This was a surprisingly shady hike for the most part and the water at Monarch is very cold but refreshing. We had the first lake to ourselves for close to 30 minutes and it was wonderful. Love that the Mineral King area has relatively few visitors compared to the main part of the park. Just a note, the trail splits at one point and the other trail leads to Crystal lake. That is an unmaintained trail. So if you don't feel like dealing with some scrambling, I recommend doing Monarch instead.

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