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Great trial. A light snow had fallen the day before, so it was a little slick on the rocks. But, overall, a beautiful trail. It starts out as an aggressive ascent, but it lessens as you go.

Started just as it began to snow, about 3 inches when we reached the lake. Well worth it!

Great hike in the valley with rigid mountains all around you.

Gorgeous weather, a bit rocky, needed a jacket but overall a great hike with great friends.

1 month ago

We did the marked road trail on the way up. snow cover wide trail was well trampled by other travelers but we were the only ones on the way up and back. When you arrive there's a T and you go right to the waterfall. Visited the falls, which were beautiful half-frozen, then took the other trail to the left to hit Hyalite Trail. Took a left onto a heavily traveled trail which began like a frozen stream this day. This single track trail was fantastic and took us to a signpost indicating a connector to the Grotto Falls Trailhead. This connector trail had not been traveled since the snow had fallen a few days earlier and was absolutely a fantastic five star trek. On this day, crunching snow, sunshine and amazing views. At some points you can see Grotto Falls trail below you. It comes out to the left of the trailhead and is unmarked. Fantastic simple high value hike!

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

Gorgeous Fall day, mid 50’s. Colors are spectacular & creek clear!

really enjoyed this trail, even if the stones make it difficult but interesting for running.
Very well maintaned.

2 months ago

Awesome hike with a gorgeous views

2 months ago

Not too difficult of a trail. Rocky right towards the top. Can be windy at the lake depending on weather. Took us about an hour and 15 minutes to hike up and an hour back. Beautiful views and fall colors are incredible.

Really amazing trail! I hiked it solo on 9/16/18. I was afraid of bears but did have spray. Just like everyone has posted, it is a moderately rocky trail so watch your step, almost no flat portions but no exposed slabs or anything like like, worth the hike!!!! Note, the rocks were a bit slippery because it had rained the night before. Make sure to wear hiking shoes. The trail took me under 2 hours to summit and a bit over an hour to descend. I am from CT and am used to hiking steep trails in the White Mountains but I am not used to the elevation. Bring water, a snack, and take your time.

The lake is freezing but I recommend jumping in anyway.

Busy trail. Best to head up early and on the weekday. Bring your fly rod, water and bear spray. Worth the rocky hike.

Loved this hike. I’m a beginner hiker so this was a bit difficult but it was beautiful and worth it. There are not very many flat spots so it continuously goes uphill but the lake at the top is breath taking!

Great hike, my son even made it and he’s only 5. Beautiful spot.

one of my favorite hikes so far! me and my partner and our 3 dogs hiked about 2.5 miles in until we got to a small waterfall. i really loved this trail because of the constant change of scenary. beautiful mountains on either side. as you walk you go through dense forested areas, boulders, a river and some sweet little wetlands with lush green grasses. we hiked back out during the sunset and it was beautiful! some small inclines but nothing crazy. a lot of rocks on parts of the trail so just watch your step. i wish i had time to hike a little further!

3 months ago

good day hike good to be in the forest. took my five month old dog no leash she loved it. our first time. we will hit the basin lakes trail next time.

The trail was easy to follow. It was a climb and took us over 2 hours to get to the lake. hiking shoes definitely recommend

3 months ago

Very nice hike, not long at all. Much longer drive up there than the hike itself. Not strenuous or taxing. More like an afternoon stroll through the park. Well, not exactly but close. I kept going another 3-4 miles beyond Grotto Falls on the Hylite Creek trail. 90% of dogs weren’t on a leash but that didn’t bother me. I kinda think if they are well behaved it’s almost torture to keep them on a leash. I didn’t like the 3 motocross bikes coming up the trail but if it’s legal then they have a right to enjoy the trail too. If not legal then GTFO!

3 months ago

Fun trail, great views

A little rocky but is is worth the view

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3 months ago

Very beautiful and very well kept. The hike is worth every step!

Make sure to go past the first (and on this app, final destination) waterfall to second, very impressive waterfall 1/2 mile farther. Hike alternates between black rocks and forest. When you reach the bridge, look up to granite arch on top of the ridge. Nice mountain views.

One of my all time favorites. Absolutely loved it!

Great hike different terrain makes it fun!!

This was a nice slow hike through the woods. I got to the parking lot at around 830 am on a Friday thinking it would be crowded, but I was one of a couple of vehicles there. The trail is rocky but very doable. I had no problems with the trail or the hike. I seemed to be the only person on the trail at that time of day. it wasn't until I was getting close to the lake that younger hikers started passing me. It is a beautiful lake with wonderful views. On the return hike to the parking lot, the crowds were just heading up.

Rocky trail with some interesting creek crossing structures that work well until the it goes down a bit. Lots of friendly people and dogs out and about. Great destination for a quick break before you head back down.
And if you enjoy wild strawberries those should be ripe in the next few weeks!

Beautiful views. Great hike for the whole family!

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