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this is the easiest over 10,000 feet in the Tahoe areai have done 4 others that are harder

trail running
29 days ago

Beautiful weather! I trail ran/hiked this peak in 3 hours. Ran the flat non-rocky parts and hiked the steepest parts. This is a well marked trail and there were a lot of people (and dogs) on the trail. The waterfall was partially frozen as were some of the little stream crossings. There was patching snow on the trail above the tree line just before I reached the summit. It was easily avoidable and didn’t bother me at all in my running shoes. Didn’t see a summit box, but there was a USGS summit marker on a large rock. Great trail. Would do this one again. November 17, 2018.

Awesome awesome

hiking
1 month ago

Jeff Olson (11-7-18, Wednesday): From the campsite at Foresthill Road it is just under 1 mile to the beginning of the trail where there is a metal box where you can put on paper your experience for others to read. The trail is down from the box to the right. This trail was cleared Spring 2018; downed trees and blackberry bushes were cleared all the way to the river. The trail has a pretty steady grade of 20-40 degrees all the way down, a little steeper closer to the river. I took 2 hours going down, taking my time. It took me 2.8 hours back up, much harder! I didn't go up-river past the makeshift campsite at the end of this trail at the river. So I don't know if the trail upstream is clear of bushes, etc. No mosquitoes but gnats in abundance. A warm Fall season up to now, with barely freezing temperatures at night. I fished a little and caught a small trout. Easy with a pheasant tail nymph fly; released back into the river. A nice day-hike but strenuous. Once you reach the river, the big rocks just downstream a few hundred feet offer a nice place to relax, get some sun and swim or fish. Access to the river from the trail is very steep with few places to get down safely; one spot by the makeshift campsite. The miners cabin just past and up a few hundred feet from the makeshift campsite is well preserved and interesting to see. I saw nobody on or near the trail all day. One small creek about 1/3 the way down had a little water running; enough to filter if needed. I recommend 2 liters of water per person as you head up the trail from the river. No snakes, deer or bears seen. A nice day hike for the hardy hikers.

great loop

hiking
1 month ago

Time this trail accordingly as it will be covered in snow during winter/spring. This is my go to place for hiking. Its a nice hike with shaded trees. There is a nice resting spot next to a waterfall. The views are stunning looking over Reno and of course Lake Tahoe. Recommend doing this hike in light summer/fall for the best weather.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with great views. The last mile is a bit of a climb but well worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Gotta love loop hikes! Even without the trip to the summit this is an excellent hike. Take the brand-new Tahoe Rim Trail section from the top of the waterfall for an added workout (instead of dropping into the valley before getting to the junction that leads to the top of Mt. Rose) (on this map).
Also, be aware that there is a new cut-off from the "Rest Stop to Relay" trail to the Relay Peak Trail at about .7 miles from the trailhead. (NOT on this map, or the one at the trailhead)). You'll still get where you're going, but it's a little confusing.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike with panoramic views of Lake Tahoe at every turn. On this day it was pretty windy It had to be at least 25 mph winds I felt like I was gonna blow away craziest wind I’ve experienced

We only did about 4 miles of the trail. Really cool waterfalls. Didn’t think it was hard at all.

on Blue Lakes

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, but very rough road to trailhead

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike solo on Oct. 20. Not technically challenging but a rough go with no real trail. Easy to follow and the rock art is amazing. As to being private property it isn’t posted so I wouldn’t worry about it. The bulls were on the trail but they ran the other way when I startled them. Definitely a concern though. I wouldn’t wear any bright colors!

1 month ago

As of Oct. 21, in some spots, the Autumn colors were past their prime. In other spots, they were still in full glory. Gorgeous hike. Can’t wait to come back next year with my friends.

Did this hike for my 60th birthday. I’m in decent shape and did not think it was very hard at all. My husband is not in shape and he thought it was hard. So, we only went as far as the Upper Falls and not all the way up to the lake. But it was still a very satisfying hike. Go, and take your time with your slow-going friends because there’s plenty of beauty to drink in while you wait for them to catch their breath!

This is a must do hike not real difficult but you get a really fantastic view at the top.
Today was outstanding- no wind at the top today! Fairly clear and. Lot of hikers for a weekday.

I hiked the Queen Mine trail after completing White Mountain earlier in the day. I was hoping to get to Montgomery Peak and check that off also but by the time I got to the summit the sun had set and didn't want to risk it. Descending in the dark was slow because I had to frequently check my GPS to ensure I was still on course. I do not recommend trying to hike here in the dark. Overall, a good high point peak.

hiking
2 months ago

Very fun, beautiful and adventurous trail. It is rated easy but I wouldn’t say this trail is easy as some might expect it to be. Personally I would rate this moderate. There are steep and rough inclines/declines. As someone in a lower post said, I wouldn’t recommend for small children. Also note that the road to get to the trail is pretty rough. We did take it in a smaller car and made it through fine, just take it slow, you may also have to get out to move some of the bigger rocks. Other than that amazing trail.

Started at Tahoe rim trail up to the summit. This took me 5-6 hours to complete and I was hiking it up the hill. Was pretty winded going up and I consider myself physically active- this was worth the treck. Wish I would have worn better shoes and a jacket and had gloves. Once you get to the top it’s freezing and lots of snow. My shoes were muddy and wet and ice cold hands. Was a great cardio workout on the way up. My legs definitely felt this on the way up and down the summit. Just sitting at the top the views are amazing. Highly recommend starting early. I started at 11ish and got back around 5-530. I did stop and take a lot of pictures and also sat at the top for about 20 minutes. Worth the treck to go up. It does get steep in some areas.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderately rough road for 6 miles to get to trailhead—glad for the clearance on our Highlander. Trail moderately easy, but as others have noted, it’s easy to lose your way a bit in the rocky spots. Surprised there weren’t more cairns in those areas. Met a few backpackers on the trail, but had lovely Salmon Lake to ourselves—a treat on a gorgeous, autumn Sunday! Will do again, and continue to Loch Leven Lakes. Be aware, trail starts at about 6,500, so if you’re coming from sea level, you may feel the altitude, even though the trail isn’t hard.

2 months ago

Very well maintained trail, breathtaking fall colors!

hiking
2 months ago

This hike was essential in completing my goal to summit all of the peaks in the Tahoe Basin. Despite being one of the tallest, the hike wasn’t very difficult. I enjoyed the stream crossings, the aspens changing colors, and meadow views, but the last part of the hike above the tree line was brutally windy.

hiking
2 months ago

To me, this trail was just meh. Not enough of a challenge - lots of fairly flat trail with moderately picturesque views. What made it nicer were the aspens changing colors for the fall. It was a supremely windy day, which isn't the trail's fault, but it really was not enjoyable once we got above the tree line. Once we reached the summit, the views were only so-so. I personally don't find the city of Reno to be especially enchanting, even from afar. I did like seeing Lake Tahoe Basin from a new angle. Not sure if/when I'll do this one again, but at least it's off the list.

hiking
2 months ago

I went yesterday Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and it was chilly and windy but sunny. First few miles were pretty easy but then the grade increases and you know why it’s rated moderate. Last half mile was traipsing through snow and ice but the trail was easy to see from many footprints. Great views along the way and at the top. There was snow along the trail 1.5 miles in but not really on the trail itself until the last mile. Took me less than 4 hours but I hogged (hiked/jogged) down. Drank less than 1L and only had an energy bar and an apple even though I brought far more water/snacks. Fun hike!!

6/22/18 Bumpy backcountry roads, forest trails, mountain views, and clear alpine pools to dip in. nothing better (except less people but what can you do). Friendly skinny dippers at least

Beautiful Terrain and crystal clear water. Loved every minute.

I brought my non-hiking family in the first week of October. With a lot of breaks and snacks, it took us six hours there and back on the same trail.
The trail is really well-maintained and has unbelievable views. The summit was very snowy and windy so be prepared for the cold and have good boots. We got to about a few minutes to the summit and decided not to risk it this time. I hope I can come back in the summer and get all the way up!

Gorgeous hike! Especially in the Fall. I was there today and noticed the rock slide cutting through the first part of the trail (I’ve hiked this before) but had no trouble at all keeping to the trail. No ribbons or cairns needed, IMO.
The first part is stupid easy. Almost anyone with working legs can do it. After getting to the rocky part, it does get slightly steep, but it is nowhere near “extremely difficult” (as others have rated it) provided you’re at least in decent shape. Past the Falls and the pond, keep going another mile or so until you get to the Cascades. Super beautiful.
Speaking of that, some hikers (myself included) completely missed the left turn across the logs (before the cascades) and assumed to the empty river bed to be the trail. Don’t be dopes like us. Lol. Right where the trail appears to go down into the empty river bed stop and look left. You’ll see two logs going across the river bed. Cross them and you’ll be back on the trail on the other side.

Do not do this hike alone!

This is a very isolated, dry, and rough canyon trail. The only water on the trail is a few miles in. This is also open range land, so there are territorial bulls throughout the area. ZERO cell service. Hike smart.

The footing here is bad. Very easy to fall and hurt yourself. Be sure someone knows where you are going.

Parked in the pull off at the opening to the canyon. The first 1/4 mile has a sandy trail. But after that you are mostly just following the dry creek bed.

When you reach the water, it’s not always easy to tell what is water and what is solid land. Highly recommend some poles to test the ground with.

Canyon will get cold over night. Did this hike in early August and the night temp was down to the 30’s

This canyon is obviously used by gunman. Be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and don’t be surprised at the number of shell casings at the beginning of the canyon.

Saw several nerds of mustangs. Even got within ten feet of one. Tons and tons of wildlife. You won’t be disappointed.

Very windy day but such a beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful uncrowded hike in the Eastern Sierra. Fall colors are amazing here and the canyon was a mix of green, yellow, and some orange. The 1st part of the trail is back to normal and easy to follow. The last section of the trail to the lake is still extremely difficult and we turned around as it went nearly straight up a chute that is all loose shale. The waterfalls and aspens are worth the trek

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