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secluded, good swimming

hiking
4 days ago

see also Angel Falls Loop....

great hike with amazing views. Trail is a little difficult to find/follow in some spots but dont give up....its sooo worth it at the top!

Great group hike. Fair amount of boulder hopping, thankful for those dreaded squats!

on Goat Mountain Trail

hiking
16 days ago

I’d like to do this again next time I’m on this side of the states just because the smoke from the fires is real and I bet the views are even more amazing than what we did get to see, which were still great. The gnat pockets are real, but that’s nature. We parked at the start coordinates and recorded at 10.1 mi for us. Took just under 5 hours at moderate pace and while out of shape.

nature trips
17 days ago

Highly recommended not to hard of a hike if you start from the upper road, hidden parking on a dirt trail. Go all the way to the top very slipper rocks, but wear your swim suit at the top there’s 3 holes you can jump into about 6-8ft deep so much fun and so refreshing after hiking the trail. Hike on the trail on the left of the falls.

Awesome trail, but looking a bit disheveled after the Railroad fire roared through the area & took out bridges, restrooms & signs

off road driving
1 month ago

Awesome trail

Took my stock jeep up on her first crawl with a group of Jeeps and it was awesome! I was grateful to have my spotters there as this was my first trail and there were some areas that proved to be more challenging , but not impossible. I certainly wouldn’t go up alone in a stock jeep unless you are an experienced driver. The views from the top were absolutely amazing! Everyone there said it was about a level 5. I can’t wait to go back, but when I do I’ll have my lift and tires ready!

The trail was relatively easy to follow, with a few strenuous parts along the way. Fishing was great along Norris creek (Brook and German Brown trout) and in Jackass lake (Rainbow trout).

off road driving
1 month ago

Amazing view. It was a bit of a trek to the top. A stock Jeep probably make it. A lift would probably feel safer. When you get to the fork in the road there are 3 ways to choose from and it’s poorly marked. To the left is boxes of bees, chose the road on the right and take that all the way to the gate. Once through the gate that’s where the trail starts. So fun!

walking
1 month ago

This place is amazing we whent swimming and took a small walk. The water is so close to the parking lot you don’t have to walk like 3 miles to get to the waterfalls. I love this place. Please pick up after yourself.

off road driving
1 month ago

Cool 4x4 trail, a bit short though.

hiking
1 month ago

I kept saying to myself why would I ever leave Ca! World class scenery and cool water to keep you going! Bring water it gets hot!

***Bring Mosquito Repellant or wear long sleeves.
Pretty steep in some places.
Can be muddy.
Trail can be difficult to follow.
Amazing views. Especially on the way back.
Gorgeous waterfalls.
Rapid current.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail was pretty good. The dirt roads leading up to the Iron Lakes Trail are easy to drive on probably even in passenger cars. I would only take a 4x4 on the Iron Lakes trail though. A full size pickup would probably get stuck because the trail is very narrow. I saw some stock Tacomas about 3/4 of the way down the trail, the last 1/4 of the trail is probably too steep for non-lifted trucks. I made it with a 3 inch lift and 35 inch tires on my Toyota Tacoma. If you plan on going down to the lake in the summer, be sure to bring mosquito repellant, they are everywhere!

Amazing views!

Does anyone know where to go from the trail end? There are 3 roads to take, once completely covered in bees. Thanks!

off road driving
2 months ago

what a way to spend my 50th birthday never needed four wheel drive weather is perfect now beautiful scenery a must trip for any outdoor enthusiast

off road driving
2 months ago

It was ok good trail for beginners but fishing was ok.

off road driving
2 months ago

Wonderful trail. Took stock wrangler up. This trail is rated a 5 in difficulty in other books, which is the highest I go with stock.

I have spent many years doing trails in the Stanislaus and Sierra forest. This is a very fun trail. Gives you a little challenge along with great views ending with a nice destination point.

The trail was moderate on the left side of the river when ascending and difficult on the right side. The pools were fun to play in.

We went up a couple of weeks ago, it was my first overnight backpacking trip in 30 years. The dirt road to the trailhead was really rutted up (doable in a Subaru Outback), but the trail was well worth it. We stayed at the middle lake and I caught two rainbows.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike, but it can get hot. not a lot of foot traffic for a Saturday. we would have missed the trail if we didn't have the AllTrails app, so I recommend if you go on this trail to look carefully for parts of it. waterfall and scenery were gorgeous.

off road driving
2 months ago

Vehicle: FJ Cruiser 3 1/4 inch lift 33 inch tires rear lockers, front ATRAC. This trail was very fun ! I didnt even have to air down although the ride would have been more comfortable if I did. No clearance issues at all. I think my daily driver 1999 4Runner with a mild lift can tackle this trail. It's definitely a long drive up to the top but very well worth it. Make sure to make rest stops and enjoy the views, pick wild strawberries, just soak up nature and the outdoors. Cant wait to do another day run with some friends.

After the wooden bridge early on, you need to go up some rocks to the right, which is not clear at all as a trail goes straight right along the creek too. Watch out for the poison oak. Nice short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Went off the path a little bit but well worth it.

Easy to find and very peaceful. We went at 8 am and had most of the trail to ourselves. We went past the falls to sit right next to the water and eat our breakfast. When we hiked back (around 11am) there were very large crowds on both sides of the falls. Go early to beat the crowds! Also don't forget the mosquito repllent. I was bitten a few times on the parts of my body that I missed.

A little tricky to follow, but worth it! Beautiful swimming holes scattered all the way up the creek. Caution: LOTS of poison oak - anyone severely allergic should make sure to be careful. The trail snakes up and down and all around and requires a lot of bushwhacking. Another note: please please PLEASE collect your trash from any area you stop and swim. Keep these areas enjoyable for everyone.

I enjoyed this trail but when you go, do not forget to put on mosquito repellent! Sooo many mosquitos out there. Parts of the trail were confusing, I had to use this app for the map part a lot. It starts off very steep, I ran out of breath so fast lol. It’s nicely shaded and the waterfalls are beautiful! Would do this trail again.

Very nice trail along the creek in a lush green forest, with a beautiful overlook at Bass Lake. Beautiful flowers all around the trail as well as in the water! The only problem is that in certain parts the trail is not marked so needs some wondering around. Also at one point you have to cross a road to continue the trail on the other side. A nice way to enjoy 2-3 hours at the Bass Lake area.

Tons of mosquitos- wear spray! We were eaten alive around 10am

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