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hiking
1 day ago

Closed due to Federal shutdown. FYI.

Worth the 3 miles there and back. Went at 8am and had the beach to ourselves. Left at like 11 and there were wayyy too many people on the beach, walking down, hitching rides and parking. Go early if you want an experience and not a fight for some sand!

This was the scariest thing I've ever done. I'm proud of myself for doing it because I'm terrified of heights but I won't ever do it again. We were appalled at the people hiking to the top with small children. Yes, it's beautiful but it's also dangerous. Be safe.

1/11/19 Incredible hike and views. Ice is present on the wiggles and from the first set of chains. It is possible to get past first set of chains without clamp one but would not recommend. very easy to slip.

Went up on New Years Eve, it had snowed about an inch the night before and everything was absolutely beautiful. The shuttle was running and we caught the second or third one out at 8:20. There were about 40 people hiking the switchbacks around us, but that number dropped to about 20 when we hit the chains because of the snow.

I would NOT go past the first short stretch of chain without micro spikes. Several portions were extremely slick, and the couple hiking ahead of us without spikes made me nervous. About 90% of people we saw that day had spikes on. Well worth the $20.

Took us almost exactly three hours total, from hopping off the shuttle to getting back to the stop. It was starting to get crowded as we came back down, which would have added a lot more time waiting for the narrow parts to clear up before passing.

Beautiful view, easy to anyone!

I was lucky to see the monument on the anniversary that the islands were found, so it was extra special for me and my boyfriend. The way down was difficult at times because the terrain can be tricky. The way back up was a breeze for me, but can see that the incline can be difficult for others. Shade is minimal so pack enough water and sunblock. We didn’t stay to go snorkeling, but it seemed everyone who was there was enjoying it. Definitely worth spending two hours of your vacation doing this.

Easy access. Paved

One of, if not the most spectacular hikes I've ever experienced! Amazing view of the canyon and a thrilling trail that towers above the river below!

CLOSED FOR GOOD- This crater was absorbed by the recent eruption. The ranger I spoke with last weekend indicated it is not coming back for public use. Thurston lava tubes, across the street from this trail head, is also closed.

I had hoped to bring my family on this hike, as it was incredible. It will be interesting to see what Pele has created for future exploration.

this place fuckin sucks dick

hiking
7 days ago

Stellar hike and views! Very muddy at times—microspikes recommended but not necessary. There are some little hills down in the valley to walk around on. One could camp down there if one wished.

Great hike. Ends at one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever visit.

on Lake Miramar Trail

walking
8 days ago

Beautiful place and easy, flat trail

Prolly the hardest I’ve done thus far. I got winded and had to stop a couple times. And the last mile and half was kinda scary considering holding on to dear life and it’s very heavily trafficked.

Pretty sunset

5 stars for the actual trail, 3 stars for the crowds. Did this around Christmas 2018 (no crampons here, as it was about 50 F!) and despite the shutdown, the park was packed, and this trail was probably the most populated. It is, without doubt, a singular trail in terms of beauty and terrain- there are few others trails that offer the same experience as this one (Kauai’s Napali Coast comes to mind). It is well-maintained and offers truly breathtaking views of the canyon, some of the best being before you even reach the iconic summit on the (extensive) switchbacks, and all of this in a accessible and manageable 5 miles out-and-back with readily available facilities nearby. The price, of course, is that you won’t find much privacy or serenity along the trail, as it will almost certainly be packed with fellow hikers (see aforementioned accessibility). This is probably most apparent at the beginning of the chained sections, where you’ll find yourself waiting in line as group passes in the other direction- we routinely found ourselves stationary for 5-10 minutes at a time. As long as you expect this going in, though, this is a worthy investment; you don’t do this hike for the peace and quiet, you do it for the view and the rush of climbing that spine. Zion offers plenty of serenity and solitude within a 5-10 minute, and I definitely recommend exploring so of the lesser-known areas of the park (Cockeye Falls!) after finishing with this beautiful trail.

Super trail . But go realy early

Did this trail 12/29/18 - has amazing views at the top and on the way up, light snow dusting the red rock was exceptionally beautiful. Trail is well marked and has a gradual climb up switchbacks until you get to the chains. Icy conditions on the rocks made holding tightly to the chain a necessity, make sure you have a good grip and wear gloves to avoid raw hands. We didn't have any traction devices but they are highly recommended for secure footing. Be cautious if hiking in winter conditions and enjoy the expansive view at the top down the river

walking
9 days ago

it's a nice back and forth. takes a couple hour to complete at a slow steady pace. saw an eagle!

hiking
10 days ago

Beautiful hiking place

road biking
10 days ago

It’s an ok location for road biking however there are some sharp turns and the amount of people walking impedes bike travel making it hard to get a good workout in. Go on a weekday and be careful of the amount of potholes on the road.

Beautiful view

Beautiful!

11 days ago

Fun and muddy hike down. Great lookouts along the way. It’s fun to walk around and explore once you reach the bottom. The trees, ocean, little trails around the area can keep you occupied for awhile! Lots of great photos opps here. There was a rope swing on the top of the hill -Doooo ittttttt. I wouldn’t swim there but only because we saw about a 1,000 Portuguese man of war creatures along the beach. Bring a rain coat and wear your tennis shoes.

This is my go-to trail to hike. It's beautiful at any time of the season. Come early (6:30-7:30 am) to find parking along the road and you won't have to pay 20 bucks for the state reserve parking. It is a taxing hike as you walk up the concrete path right to the top. Once you reach there, just follow the signs to get to the beach and hike along. Beautiful views of the Pacific as you walk down. Beware of high tide as it may limit your hike along the beach (unless you want your boots wet, it is not worth the smell that stays for months!). There are lots of different paths you can take, but this trail is my personal favorite. I rate the trail from the top down to the beach as easy. The hike up is moderately tedious. Lots of sunscreen, water and a hat is required if you go later in the day.

SNORKEL DREAM

Fast hike down ( 45 min ) and well worth the snorkeling. This was our families favorite snorkel spot on our trip! THE WAY BACK UP WAS VERY HOT and STRENUOUS, the incline is no joke! Bring a few waters, full sun almost all the way ☀️. WEAR TENNIS SHOES.. don’t be an idiot. We are in shape and the incline was difficult. I would rate this trail differently just so people know what they’re getting into... Leave early so you can spend most of your day there. Plan on at least an hour getting back up or longer if your older or out of shape.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail is strenuous with little shade for the second half (going down). Definitely recommend snorkeling gear or swim suits to enjoy the water at the end of the trail. Highly recommend for a lower altitude but challenging hike on the Big Island. There were a couple families who appeared to have been there for a large part of the day..

If you are interested in the Captain Cook Memorial, you must turn left at trail marker 8. There aren’t any signs to turn here, so it wasn’t initially obvious to us.

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