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hiking
5 days ago

Perfect hike with gorgeous blue water at the end! Worth it!

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3 months ago

amazing hiking with a very rewarding scene of the bluest water ever! Just all out amazing!

on Norton Lakes

hiking
3 months ago

Uphill the entire time. The view is worth it though. We went pretty slow and it took us 1.5 hours to get up and 1 hour to get down.

3 months ago

Easy to find trail with beautiful views. BEWARE of the two large dogs that live directly at the beginning of the trail. One of them charged down the hill and onto the path at us. Glad we had our bear spray in our packs!

3 months ago

Great hike! Well worth the uphill climb! Lake is beautiful at the end!

hiking
3 months ago

Husband and I lost the trail for a bit and added an extra half mile because we needed up on a 50 in/XC ski trail but it was still a great hike. Saw several ruffed grouse and meet some people on the trail who’d seen moose.

hiking
3 months ago

I’m sure this hike deserves a higher rating, but as an out-of-stater, I’m standing at a firm 3-Stars. The trailhead itself isn’t hard to find, but easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. Just a random, small parking lot off the side of the road. When we started our hike/walk, we were greeted by a neighbor horsedog that was definitely not messing around with people stepping off the path. Just don’t make eye contact. The trail stops about halfway to a spot to overlook the canyon, which is beautiful. Walk a little further and you’ll see a sign that says “unimproved trail”. Just to that immediate right, the trail starts to descend down the lava rocks. From there, you’ll have to dodge the creeping poison oak that comes from all angles. We didn’t make it to the platform near the water, but only because of all the poison oak. It seemed to overtake the trail towards the end of it.

3 months ago

one of my favorite hikes

pretty view of whole south valley

Great trail!

Very rewarding to get to the part where you can swim at the end. Careful though, the narrow path is full of poisonous oaks so long clothes advised.

nature trips
4 months ago

Took my Sister's family out here because they have never been. They absolutely loved it, was way worth the long walk getting to it. my six year old niece loved it, especially when we saw a bat while swimming in the lake at the end of the gorgeous hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike for the family and dog. The area to get in the water was awesome for kids and dogs. We came into some problems at the first part of the trail with the big dogs who belonged to the farm by the trial. They kept charging out at our family pretty aggressively. It took us about 5 tries to finally get by them safely. After that awesome hike! The rocks were a little tough on our doggies paws. Bring more water than you think.

Great area with beautiful views. Lots of options for side trails and adventures!

walking
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Definitely worth the trip.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views of the crystal clear blues and greens of the water! Fun hike with a swimming hole at the end!

4 months ago

The beginning was not boring for us, as soon as we hit the trail, we came a crossed a large bull snake, he just wanted to be on his way! Then when we got to the canyon, we saw 2 woodchucks & a Fox. By the time we got to past the waterfalls & got to the pool, crystal clear water & ice cold, my friends & I took our girls & they were ready to take a swim. Hike back out was faster, watch for the poison oak, bring extra water & towels. In mid summer, go early in the morning, you will be in the sun the entire hike. We got there at 8am, & was done by noon!

Great hike. The first 1.5 miles is easy the last stretch works for legs a bit. Saw a lot of small kids hiking. (Which is great!) The trail is heavily trafficked and shows the wear and tear. The lakes are all beautiful. The 2nd and largest lake we had great success pulling out 12-16 cutthroat trout.

5 months ago

Hike had it all (other than a waterfall). Ended up on a different trail that brought us to the smallest, most beautiful lake first. Hubby and I were the only ones there. From there we went to the other 2 lakes. Feel like it was more than 4.6 mi & hubby didn’t believe me that it was “only a moderate.” Beautiful flowers, trees, views and lakes. Not crowded at all.

hiking
5 months ago

I struggled on the uphill portion of this hike. Before I left I didn't consider the change in altitude with the elevation gain. It was a challenging uphill hike for me and I huffed and puffed my way all the way to the lake. Despite my huffing and puffing, this was a fantastic hike. Scenery was so beautiful and varied. Lots of wild flowers, butterflies, and the view of the lake was worth the climb. I would definitely make the trek again!

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of our very favorite hikes in the area. If hiking on a hot summer day, definitely take a dip in the lake! So refreshing, but you won’t stay in long! We have hiked this many times, with kids and adults not used to hiking. It will challenge the latter but not bore the experienced hiker, who can always choose to go further :)

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful spots that are worth it on easy/moderate trail.

trail running
5 months ago

Great place for easy running with some gorgeous views..and a little up and down to the river below. Interesting history of how the Box Canyon was formed. Overlook of river and waterfall are beautiful but stairs are broken but still passable.

on Box Canyon

5 months ago

Our family loved this trail. Easy enough for the kids but challenging as well. Loved swimming in the cold pool at the end!

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail. Got there at 3pm, passed everyone coming down and there was absolutely no one up top. Water was perfect for a swim. Have good shoes, water and sun block, you’re in direct sun for about half the hike. Check it out in the winter, it’s beautiful

Just accomplished this hike the first Sunday in August and it was a good workout to say the least ! Started with Walhstrom Hollow trail and ended with Third Fork. beautiful hike !

great trail lots of climbing the first five miles 1,500 ft

hiking
5 months ago

This was a LOVELY hike. While it says “moderate” for difficulty, there were some steep areas that were a bit challenging, especially for people coming from sea level, which was us. We are fairly fit, and there were definitely some areas of the trail that we were breathing hard. Wear solid shoes and bring water, especially in the summer. We arrived at about 9:00 on 7/27/18 and there were a few cars in the parking lot. The initial part is steep! Then it evens out, gets steep again and follows this pattern for about 2 miles. You will walk through meadows with awesome views of the craggy peaks to right and left. There were wild flowers, but not a profuse amount. The lake is beautiful and dipping your feet (or body!) is a must! Unless it’s cold and then don’t, lol! You can walk around the lake, although we didn’t. We did take a short trail up to the smaller lake, and it was lovely as well. You definitely will not regret doing this hike! We passed many people coming down and the parking lot was FULL. So....go early. This is a nice short hike and would give you time to do another in the afternoon.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a beautiful and amazing place to go. Don’t forget to take water with you and a towel. You’ll love to soak in the pool!

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