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hiking
13 hours ago

awesome easy and great pics.

algo bien para primerizos..

Best hike I've ever done

hiking
1 day ago

Nice way to test your mind, have fun!

pretty easy trail. Be careful of the hunters though! They like to sneak in to the preserve part and shoot the ducks, geese and whatever. I have caught a few in there. Wouldn't be much for them to accidentally shoot one of my dogs or a person...too risky! the company's hands are tied and of course the officers are too far away to catch them. It's so unfortunate for the rest of us. Just be careful and very aware when you go out there.

hiking
2 days ago

Kicked my butt, but it was a beautiful hike.

easily accessible

Fantastic trail, but the last half mile is pretty strenuous and terrifying. The views are worth it if you can persist. By far the most challenging but rewarding hike I’ve ever done. It’s longer than advertised here, more like 5 miles. The first 2 miles are a series of switchbacks that get very steep in places and never seem to end. These stop at Scout’s Landing, where many people turn around after taking in the views. The last half mile is mostly climbing. Proper footwear and plenty of water are essential, and do not bring small children or pets. We are 50 and in decent shape but not used to higher elevations, and it took us 4+ hours round trip, which included plenty of stops and a slow pace thanks to my fear of heights. So glad I did this. But it really is every bit as scary as advertised, so don’t take it lightly.

on Silver Willow Trail

3 days ago

Pretty walk. Wouldn’t really call it a hike since the whole trail is paved. It goes straight downhill and then straight back uphill. FYI, there was a sewage spill, or something,on the trail. You can walk around it. And I’m sure it’ll be cleaned up but just a heads up :)

Did this trail last year in November! Start early as it gets crowded on the chains section! Very strenuous but the most amazing views! Don’t attempt this if you’re scared of heights!

We have done this hike several times and had a great experience today! Learned a few new things, namely how to cross the creek without getting wet! I have heard about an alternate crossing and finally found it today, excellent day as the rocks at the inital crossing were covered in ice.

From the paved parking lot at the top of the access road down to the creek, take the single track trail to the left that skirts the hillside and follow it instead of going down the gravel road. There will be several paths down to the river from this single track including a set of steps down to a thick log crossing the river. This would be stable enough bit we chose to keep following the trail up a bit to a small, white water tower with a metal grate bridge across. This was completely stable and safe for us today and I recommend choosing either this bridge or the log for a safer initial crossing. Thanks to the hiker that told us about this!

The other crossing that has always been problematic for me was the dam just below the waterfall. Apparently, I am the only person who did not know there is a huge log to cross just below the dam! This would have saved me a lot of wet shoes! Just in case this is a problem for others too: off the main trail, just below the dam and waterfall is another well-worn trail to the left that goes down to a huge, stable log that makes for easy creek crossing.

Hope this review helps and many others can enjoy and care for this beautiful area! The waterfall was icy and spectacular today!

Always a good trail, family friendly, fantastic perspective of Half Dome.

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Easy. Good to do on a day when you wanna do a bunch of stuff. Pretty

Should be listed as moderate.
Very good hike
Excellent.

Great hike with beautiful scenery

hiking
4 days ago

Flat, easy trail. spent time playing on open beach, trail pretty well marked. lots of trees, mainly shaded which was cold on day like today. kids and dog never complained. I'd do it again!

hiking
5 days ago

This one is a walk in the woods - a sweet little meandering trail that never gets too strenuous and offers scenic views of the Carson Valley below. The trail follows the curves of the canyon and was quite kid friendly once you get past the initial ascent. We saw several mountain bikers today, so be aware of this, especially with the frequent blind spots around switch backs.

We started late not really planning on a hike but could not resist and the weather was great. We took our border collie who loved it. The high point of the hike was seeing a bald eagle! We will be back to complete the loop.

I did this hike on Thursday, Nov 8. I started around 9 and it took a total of 3 hours. 9 seems like a great time to start as there weren’t that many people around while going up - definitely got crowded while I was coming back, I did a lot of waiting for lines of people to pass as I was descending.

The hike was very fun. Obviously you have to be smart on this trail but there was no point where I felt like I was in danger. Stay on the correct side of the chains and be sure of your footing.

Don’t make the final push to the summit if you’re having second thoughts. Scouts Lookout has a great view as well.

Don’t feed the chipmunks.

Nice easy hike with some great views. Parking can be tricky so get here early when you can. Definitely steep at some points, wear good shoes. Lovely views of the lake.

The Ranger suggested we come in from Redwood Creek to access this trail and it was spectacular! I highly suggest this route. You’ll start at the Tall Trees trailhead but take the Emerald Ridge Trail down to Redwood Creek. From there you’ll head north up the creek for about 1.7 miles. There is no established trail which made this extra exciting with only minimal risk. It’s absolutely gorgeous down there, but you will have to cross the creek in several places with water up to mid-calf (it was early November when we did it). Our trekking poles came in very handy and I suggest bringing an extra pair of socks! Just extraordinary scenery and solitude. You’ll have to find the trail that cuts you into Tall Trees loop…we used All Trails to show us where we were and so it was easy to see when we were close to the loop. The loop itself is beautiful of course, and then we exited via the Tall Trees Trail. Highly, highly recommend this route as the creek was just beautiful. Don’t forget your permit before you go.

super super steep but so pretty... it really is worth the hike back up

hiking
7 days ago

Did this trail the other day. Started the trail at noon and finished right before 3pm. I wasn’t sure what to expect from a crowd perspective, but there seemed to be more people leaving then going up. This is a tough trail that kicked my butt! I did the observation trail in the AM and this one right after, so I was a little more exhausted for this trail than I would have liked to be. Def worth doing at least once!

I walk slowly and totally spend 3 1/2 hours. The view is really amazing. Only one thing bother me is- crossing the river. Water still is so much. My shoes get wet. On my way back, I try to take off my shoes/socks and cross by my bare foots. The water is freezing cold! ! however, it is still a great experience.

on White Domes Trail

hiking
8 days ago

If you hike only one trail in Valley of Fire this should be it! Amazing colors, rock formations, slot canyon, awesome! Do it!

Go early like I did to avoid major crowds. First shuttle is at 7 a.m. If you consider yourself a hiker you should do this at least once. Not as scary as I was told it's easy to feel safe and stable in my opinion during the part with exposed cliffs and chains to hold on to. Gorgeous views most of the way and the colors were turning with the best view of the hike at the summit. Hope I can go back and do this again sooner then later

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