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3 days ago

7/13 - Fire road is snowy in portions, small slippery ups and downs nothing too bad. Hard shaded snow, didn't posthole. PCT section that parallels also has snow in spots, less that the road. Map is helpful to not lose that trail where it's covered. Ascent to Castle Peak is fully melted, flowers looking great. Hiked over to Basin Peak from Castle. The ridge is clear. Descent from Basin is snowy, easy to lose the trail here. Map is very helpful to keep roughly on course. Lots of small snow melt streams. Trail leads you back to the PCT, then involves lots of snow/dirt back and forth. Easy to know which direction you're traveling if you watch the ridge line, but hard to follow the exact trail. Flowing snow melt wide river to cross near the Grubb hut, super cold, easier done upstream. Still likely to get wet feet. First half of the ascent back through saddle was all lowish angle snow, map is helpful to link back up with melted out trail about halfway up. Once at the saddle backtracked the way in. Tons of mosquitos at dusk. Awesome hike as always, be prepared for snow but doesn't make this undoable.. plenty of fresh H20 for a refill!

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rocky
snow
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Lots of snow to overcome at the beginning once we got up it was great lots of loose rock slippery Treacherous trail but fun ,view was Spectacular

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muddy
snow
15 days ago

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muddy
rocky
snow
16 days ago

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Hiked on 6/29/19. Around 6 miles & 1800' of elevation. There's still lots of snow within the first 2 miles, then mostly snow free over the 3rd mile up to Castle peak.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
19 days ago

Intermediate hard packed snow from the trial head to right above the tree line. The current trail is easily navigated due to other climbers and snow melting from the existing trail. Bear prints were seen following the current trail. While heading towards the summit, they can be seen on the left hand side in the snow.

Beautiful views of water and Auburn damn. Bicyclist at the top said he saw a mountain lion so beware, we were in a large group so didn’t see it. Went early to beat the heat, parking and crowds, great little starter hike.

hiking
scramble
snow
27 days ago

This trail is an easy hike. I’ve done it twice now. The trailhead is easy to find. There is a parking fee of $10. This is basically the entire area around the confluence, so don’t risk the ticket. The trail is pretty wide the entire way with a few narrow parts within the first mile and the last 1/4 mile. It’s heavily trafficked with hikers and some mountain bikers. Bring water! This hike is half shaded but the first mile and the last mile are predominately sunny. Finding the dam lookout is a little tricky. The last 1/2 mile is paved road with some car traffic. At the bottom of the hill there is a slight left turn to go off the road and onto a narrow trail to get to the dam lookout.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike isn’t exactly a look. It’s a loop if you take connecting trails to loop around. Manoa cliff trail meets up with the kalawahine trail at a fork. Continue to the right fork and it’ll turn into a fork at the Paula flats trail. Take the right fork again to continue back to make the Manoa cliff trail loop.

hiking
scramble
snow
1 month ago

views: 11/10 current conditions: 7ish/10 this is truly a majestic hike and i only saw 3 other people (all of us solo hiking) most of the way. The only reason it's not a 5-star is bc of the crazy amounts of snow. it just makes walking so much more of a task, but on the other hand, the views were just magical. i would advise waiting another 2 or 3 weeks until it melts. as another person mentioned; most of it (the first 2 miles) is hard snow pack which is fine if you are hiking bt 6am and 9am, but as the day wanes on, the snow gets soft and slushy. once i got to the junction for castle peak/peter grubb hut, it got easier and the snow pack opened up to dirt. there is a pretty steep section towards the end and i didn't actually nab the final summit bc i was alone and it requires some pretty intense "scrambling", but even as far as i went i still had a 360 view of the area. i cannot recommend hiking poles enough, it's really slippery in the snow and on the scree towards the summit, my poles saved me a few times! coming down was a bit harder (for me anyway) than going up. granted: i was only wearing hiking shoes (as was everyone else), but even with hiking poles and being super fit, i was still falling and took a couple of 'slides' down some of the steeper parts. the snow was so slushy that i couldn't plant a firm step, even when it looked flat, the snow would give on one side and my foot would slide down, pushing me off balance. sometimes my poles caught me and sometimes i took a tumble. it was actually quite comical. anyway, if you do go: bring poles and tread lightly, the snow is melting from top and bottom so the odds of falllng through will increase as it melts more. the earlier you can start, the better. :)

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great day hike with expansive views! You will be walking on about 5-20 feet of compacted snow the entire way. We began at 1pm and got back around 5pm. The snow was pretty easy to walk over and fun to run down on the way back. Many folks had skis and snow shoes, but we just had normal hiking boots. Highly recommend this trail for anyone looking to get a good hike in and see the gorgeous high alpine views. (P.S. we saw a Marmot and a fox along the way).

Great trail. Sunny with scattered patches of shade. Nice view of the damn. A little crowded but it was a weekend.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Completed on 9 June, 6:30am start. First 2k on the ‘road’ is hard packed icy snow but fine with yak tracks. Gets steep and similarly icy after that, but good post holed tracks by prior hikers makes it easily passable (if slow). Ridgeline is fun and flat mix of snow and dirt/trail, then followed by steep ascending on hard pack snow. At ~3.5k there’s a section of very steep hard pack snow that we chose to avoid by climbing up pretty steep rock; this section is short and fine (down climbing also fine). Last 1.5k to the summit is steep loose scree. Beautiful and fun, super windy and mostly exposed so bring a jacket! Ascent took 1h45, descent 1h15 with some running.

hiking
off trail
rocky
snow
1 month ago

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