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Amazing spot, fantastic view! Very slippery rocks toward the top and often times it can be a bit gusty. Other than that it’s such a cool adventure hike!

snowshoeing
15 days ago

Snow was a little crusty as we headed up the final elevation but the view from atop Andesite Peak was breathtaking. Every direction you look is remarkable, especially the view up the ridge to Castle Peak. Pretty windy on top but a perfect day with only scattered clouds. We continued back to Peter Grubb Hut before returning to add some mileage. Easy loop as snowshoes were unnecessary for the trail in the valley as it hasn’t snowed for a couple weeks and the trail is compacted.

Nice trail! Well worth going all the way. The trail starts out over populated since it’s close to the highway. Initially this makes following the trail a little challenging but becomes easy as you go. Went Jan 1st so there was a bit of ice and snow. Glad I had ice cleats. Couldn’t have done it without them. I will definitely do this trail again!

Very Cold and boring. I would not recommend it during the winter.

Not a loop trail. Out and back. The trail gets steep with a lot of loose rock making the climb a bit technical. Otherwise, it was a great workout and provided a fantastic view!

greak hike o did in the sumer would be much better in th spring when wild flowers or out

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Awesome trail - easy to follow the path in the snow from those who have already been there or download the map and use GPS on your phone - it's a popular enough trail you won't get lost. This is a fun trail to take over to Castle Peak and/or down to the Grubb Hut. Several fun options and excellent views. During the winter, pay to park over by the Inn.

great views from the top i only came back once but been thete serval times taking different longer rounts

hiking
1 month ago

this Trail is pretty much all uphill with a few breaks and not any switchbacks and is out and back ...completed this hike not very many stops in about 3. my recommendation is to bring good traction shoes with trekking poles especially going back down if you reach the top of Castle Peak. A lot of loose Rock. I would definitely go again but with someone who was more adventurous and would be willing to stop to take some pictures. stunning views but be ready for sudden changes in weather especially going in October/ November

one of my favorites

Rocky start, possibly ankle rolling. Very pretty. Pretty easy hike for a moderate but I don’t really know how they grade here! Lots of dogs!! People are nice.

hiking
1 month ago

got this one knocked out right as it started to snow on November 21. I wish I had known that you are able to drive in the first 1.5 or so miles past the gate. Also checked out Andesite Peak on the way back.

The snow was perfect at the top

Pretty. Wasn’t overly populated. Easy to get off trail here.

amazing artwork, easy terrain. we took kids as young as 3. totally worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

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.

Nicely maintained but very rocky. Not difficult. Beautiful surroundings and vistas.

prefect little hike for a couple hours. It was pretty windy and cold at the peak but it was a good view.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but more like 5.7 miles from parking area. Even longer if you decide to take the detour out and back to Donner Peak from main trail up to Mt. Judah. Beautiful views.

Great easy hike out to Point Mariah and back. Only negative thing was all the gun fire we could hear in the distance. Sounded like target practice but no ranges nearby so not sure what was going on. Definitely heard machine gun fire too so not the quiet peaceful hike we had hoped for.

Great weather for October 29th. The hike is easy on Royal Gorge trails mostly. The view at point Mariah is amazing.

walking
2 months ago

*quite a lot of this trail is on gravel road.
*lots of mountain bikes on trail.
*road noise for a long time on the walk.
*water for the dogs.
*would be nice shade in the hot months.
*lake was nice- people catching fish.
*nice.

fantastic finish..larger lake then I expected..great and peacefull views to be had at lakes...moderate is appropriate rating..can be better marked at beginning..u never know who put cairns up off trail..once you cross railroad tracks be ready for a decent amount of tree root/rocky trail..great for an overnight camping trip..just pick a spot..stoves ok for now..couple good spots around 2nd lake on sandstone for fire pits...shall return next spring

Ridgewalks galore! If you can handle skinny catwalks and some wind, the views never disappoint. I stopped for lunch by the Benson Hut. It’s beautiful out there!

I drove about 2 miles up, I was short for time and wanted to hike a little. I hiked the road from then around summit lake about 1.8 miles.

Nice views. Get to walk on some of the ski runs and good views of Sugar Bowl ski area.

hiking
3 months ago

Took the trail to the falls then detoured up a lot of rocks to the top of the falls back down and to the lake. Simply beautiful.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is a great hike. Challenging, but worth the trek especially if you intend to camp. Just a couple of things I found would make it more enjoyable. Keep your app open as it is helpful to get you back on track as this one is a tough one to follow in many places. There are cairns the entire trail... thank you to those putting those in place. I wore tennis shoes which was fine, but hiking boots would have been better especially with the rocky terrain that covers most of the trail. If you’re backpacking I recommend trekking poles. This made the trip a lot easier for me just for stability while carrying the weight on the rocks and over boulders and downed trees. Day pack probably not necessary. Camped out at the last lake, had some great picks with fire pits. It was pretty and only a couple of us up there for October. Beautiful night. Had cellphone service the entire way, but could also still hear the highway at the last lake as well.

We are new to hiking and in our 50’s-60, so this is for newbies like us. Loved the views and weather was perfect in October. We actually walked the path counter-clockwise, not knowing how this app really works, and just realized, late, that the path direction is on the app. Heading down the peek of Mt. Judah Trail back to Pacific Crest was slippery and steep, the trail was hard to recognize. Now that I see we should have ascended that way, it makes some sense. We’re learning and love adventure.

Beautiful hike! Quite the workout, but very worth it!

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