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Been working up to this hike for weeks and it’s been the most rewarding Wasatch trail yet. Wouldn’t recommend it for beginners, this is a long and steep hike. Almost at the peak there’s a fantastic viewpoint, which is a worthy stopping point but it gets a bit more technical to the summit. And if you make it up be sure you get to the mailbox.

Open today as well! We arrived around 9:30am Sunday morning, only a few cars in the parking lot. We soaked for 3 hours and around 12:30/1:00 people were coming in so quickly. We passed about 10 groups hiking up, and the parking lot was CRAZY FULL.

So advice?

Don’t forget water shoes!
There’s lots of little hot pools above the waterfall.
Arrive early morning.
We saw a few nude people (but it wasn’t bothersome or annoying, they were alone in nature)
A few broken glass bottles which is so annoying because the pool bottoms are soft and stepping onto glass would be so bad.

Due to time constraints, I was only able to hike about a mile in. Up to to this point, the trail is narrow, but well defined. The views are beautiful, and I'm looking forward to doing the whole hike in the future.

hiking
19 hours ago

5 stars, this trail was breathtaking. Fall colors were glorious and getting to the caves at sunset with no other people there, to die for. Amazing. Will do again.

Went up with snowshoes but didn’t really need them. Awesome winter hike!

hiking
19 hours ago

Steep but totally worth the stellar view!

Nice hike and surprised to find it completely snow covered in late October. The snow made it even more fun, and the trail was still easy to follow.

Some snow on the trail (October 13), doable without crampons or microspikes but definitely faster and more fun with them! :) Gorgeous weather, aspens are still yellow and falling, lots of snow on the peaks and the lake is starting to freeze over! Wore a tank top on the way up but was pretty cold at the top and bundled up for the way down. Less than two hours up and about an hour to run down (with photos :). Love this hike!!

hiking
1 day ago

First time up and I was nervous. Turned out not to be so bad. First mile and a half is a fairly easy incline last mile I had to stop and go slow. That is also where the icy parts are that were doable with poles. We also had a Welcome committee 3 moose (1 Bulls and 2 cows). There are 2 really rocky sections as well. Totally worth it. Its just beautiful.

Went up today. Not sure why it’s rated hard, I would rate it moderate. Used crampons when I got above the bridge. Very nice hike, this trail would be great in the summer with all the shade. Very beautiful when you get up around 7500 feet.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail!! It took me just under 2 hours to get to the top (took a few breaks). The trail isn’t extremely hard or anything it’s just long/has a consistent moderate incline. There are some icy patches right now but they were doable without poles. It was gorgeous at the top and there were a few baby moose!

Trail is definitely uphill the entire way, deserves its ranking. We went last week and it was pretty snowy at the top so it was very muddy and slick. Views were pretty but just okay. Meadow was full of snow.

hiking
1 day ago

It was definitely difficult for me, though I did it roundtrip in 3 hrs and 30 mins. Trail was well marked and very nice! The view was beautiful with snow on the mountains! Trail does have a bit of snow when you start getting higher up.

Great! Last 1/4 mile is covered in ice as of 10-19; it’s easy getting around it while ascending but you’ll easily fall descending if you don’t bring spikes or poles.

Diamond Fork road wasn’t closed this morning, had the springs to myself for almost an hour.

11 miles for the loop NOT 8!!

Would do again, but only Little Wild Horse in and out. Glad I did the loop once though.

Great hike! Save time to explore once you get to the falls; there is a nice trail that leads up towards the top of you don’t mind being adventurous and climbing a little.

hiking
4 days ago

beautiful scenery. but be careful, it is very icy right now and very difficult to hike without poles or spikes. I almost fell twice on the way down.

trail running
4 days ago

Once you get close to the first summit, there's snow but it has been tramped down and isn't really a problem. I was running and it wasn't very slippery. More positive still, the recent snow/rain has firmed up the trail a bit. (Downside to the West approach to Grandeur? You hear I-80/215 the entire time.)

Snow and slippery conditions after about 1.2 miles up. Microspikes recommended. Mucky mud too, but it was only really bad in a couple of spots. Winter is coming! Still a great hike, lovely view of the pines topped with snow much of the way up. Walking slower since I didn't have spikes, it took me 2 hours up and 1 hour down with a short break at the overlook.

Snow, ice, and mud, but a great hike! Somehow I didn't make it to the falls, the trail just ended at the river. I'll go back in the summer and see where I went wrong. The road is closed so you have to hike in from the main road.

Great easy walk around the lake.

Lovely hike. So beautiful the entire way to the Falls, and the Falls themselves are awesome.

So I did this hike today (OCT 14th) with my wife. It was snowing when we pulled up to the lot but we decided to trek on anyway. The views were beautiful. We saw a total of 6 deer (although two of them may have been the same ones just several hours apart). We also saw a moose. The going got tough towards the top because the last mile or so is about .6 mile elevation. Investing in some spikes for the shoes is probably a great idea. Some gaiters are probably not a bad idea but hiking poles definitely help to probe the snow. The lake was frozen and it was gorgeous. I forgot my sunglasses so when the sun came out the snow kinda hurt my eyes! Some hikers that were there before us said the route up to Pfeiferhorn was too tough because the snow was too deep. Overall great trail. Easy to follow.

Love Sundance and Stewart Falls.

off road driving
7 days ago

Took my Jeep up there yesterday and enjoyed the drive. The views were really great--a mixture of mountainous vistas and man-made geometrical mountains. Given the moderate rating, I was hoping for a bit of challenge, but found the roads, even snowy and muddy as they were to be really quite easy. Inspiration Point in Willard offered a more satisfying off-roading experience. However, the payoff at the end was really quite cool. Definitely would recommend. If you are uncomfortable with heights, drop-offs, and tight roads, you might not enjoy it so much.

hiking
7 days ago

Hiked this on Thursday. Great quick hike after work around sunset.

This was my first time on the trail. As of yesterday, it will take breaking trail for the final two miles to get to the summit. I wasn't willing to go further than the tracks went. There was a wind slab just before "the meadow" that I wasn't willing to cross, as well as some other evidence of snow instability along the way. I wanted to write this review to let people know that this trail is probably a ski/mountaineering adventure and not a hike at this point (probably from about mile 4) until next season. In addition, I was glad I had microspikes on my shoes after the first mile. It was intermittent ice/snow and mud for a couple miles and then straight snow after that.

Tough trail if you’re not in shape — uphill the entire first half, and pretty steep. Also, the trail was already coated in ice, which made the going slow toward the top (especially on the way down). Poles or chains recommended. But the view at the top was gorgeous, the lake was so serene — and we had two wild moose sightings (from a safe distance)! Highly recommend, just be prepared.

hiking
8 days ago

Great easy hike for anyone, especially for the kids.There was snow and ice on most of the trail this morning. Make sure to take gloves that’s something I was regretting not having with me.

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