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hiking
4 days ago

Great little hike for trail running and families. The views are worth the trek throughout. Bring plenty of water.

Easy, paved trail with great views of impressive redwoods. Good walk for kids.

walking
9 days ago

The trees are amazing, the trail is a very light paved walk in a loop. It was a nice casual stroll. Be prepared to pay the GOV $5 for parking. And no an America The Beautiful pass will not be accepted.

Pretty awesome hike. Take lots of water and light snacks. Make sure to stop in ponderosa for a beer when you leave! I always go past the gates and get on the top of the hill as well. There is a marker on the top of the hill w amazing views!

Beautiful hike! The trail is nice in that it has some switch backs that are spread throughout some meandering paths. Lots of water with at least one waterfall and stunning views of Sabrina.

Definitely need to stay hydrated - even though much of the hike is in the trees it is draining. Blue Lake is over 10,000 feet, so be careful if you are not ready for the altitude.

We first walk this trail in April 2017 and the path was covered with downed trees and large branches and we had to crawl over or around the debris. We went again in May and June 2018 and it was a huge improvement, just a shame that there are people that have ruin the beauty of the trail with graffiti and carvings.

Nice hike! We did it about a month ago and despite the altitude it was still quite warm. It took us about three hours, could have been done faster but we stopped quite a lot to let my daughter's dog rest his paws, not for me to catch my breath

Love this trail! Great for hiking on hot summer days. The pine forest , high elevation, along with scenic vistas are fantastic.

This is a moderate to moderated + trail. The trail splits at one point and iyou can opt for a steeper grade hike for about .5 mile at this point.

There are several trail options at the summit... should you want to extend your hike.

the trail was easy and we could actually touch the giant trees.

I went there last week. Trailhead is a little hard to spot. just a small turnout to park in. Location on should get you to it. Easy trail to follow. A continuous incline. Rock slide climb for shortcuts. Fair amount of shade spots (enough that I kept taking breaks in them every 30 seconds) It is a very nice view few hours from sunset. Reached the top with sore calves. We came back down and it was already night time driving back. Cool break from light pollution. Realized we stopped at the top. Went about 3.5 miles out and back. Didn't know to keep going. Quiet and empty trail. Great for solitude. Nothing but the wind through the trees and the local wildlife (birds, lizards, and squirrel. - saw no snakes, gladly).

One of the best hikes I've been on with the best view of mountains.

Great hike to the crash site. Started at Eagles Roost to Mt Williamson to Pleasant View Ridge.

on Trail of 100 Giants

walking
29 days ago

Super easy little hike. All paved. Great for the little ones and lots of information. Can be really crowded at times. I’ve been here about 5-6 times. More crowded on the weekends.

Amazing. Super accessible to all. It’s a paved walkway the whole length

Great space to stop & stretch your legs.
This is more of a botanical garden type walk with a paved trail. There is a shortloop or you can add a 2nd loop for a little longer of a walk. Pro: It's a very friendly place. $5 to park across the street. well marked. Accessible for those using wheelchairs & mobility devices. Cons: It is popular & 1 of the more crowded places in the forest. The accessibility features don't extend to signage.

We went to this trail that goes right along the river. The maps brings you right to the bridge where you start off. You can go down on either side of the river to swim. Past that, I didn’t bother unless you were planning on going to 7 teacups. If you do plan this in summer, there is barely any shade. Bring lots of water! I brought my pup on this and wouldn’t dare leave her off leash. Bring extra water for the pup too! Very rocky, not very kid friendly. Would deforest rate this as moderate.

Smooth dirt path with plenty of shade spots the whole trail. Open at the top with amazing views all around.

My first Sierra backpacking trip with a Boy Scout group. The hike is quite strenuous, and the elevation makes it more so. The views are amazing, and the fishing is quite good (I didn't fish, but most of the other hikers did).

There is plenty of water, but make sure you bring a way to purify it.

Also, bring a mosquito net, as they are EVERYWHERE. Worst of all, they did not seem to get the memo that you should not bite someone who wears bug repellent. If anything, it seemed to attract them even more!

hiking
1 month ago

We did this hike as a day hike (excluding the out and back section to Ediza lake) on June 18. We took the PCT out and the John Muir Trail back using the Shadow Creek trail to complete the loop as shown. Conditions were good and most of the snow is melted (though some small patches still exist). This is a beautiful hike and the John Muir Trail section is quite spectacular. It was a long hike, but very doable in a day if fit for that kind of distance. I would definitely do this hike again.

What a great day hike, with tons of spectacular views the entire way. We thought this hike started moderate and towards the switchback end was definitely hard. We had our 9 year old and she lasted about 70% of the way, then went back to Lake Sabrina.

Definitely not for kids who are not used to altitude and moderate/hard hiking. Make sure you take lots of water and start early. That sun on the first half was intense!

hiking
1 month ago

Short and sweet due to huge views of the high Sierras in the distant east. The old lookout is gone but the stairway acts as its bones, a reminder of a romantic past when hardy rangers would stand watch over our forests. I hiked with my dog and he seemed to enjoy himself. The trail head has a toilet and nearby are some picnic tables and a few level campsites. I saw several children on the trail who were smiling which is always a good sign.

Enjoyable trail. Good for trail run. Narrow single lane path that skirts the side of canyon. Pretty much two directions - all the way down, then all the way up. So if your planning to run up, reserve energy.

Note that there are sections with an abundance of Poodle Dog Bush that do creep into the trail. With a narrow passage that skirts the edge, be careful. It will take ninja like skills to avoid. I did make a tiny bit of contact with tips of leaves. Hoping for the best.

If you aren’t aware of Poodle Dog Bush, pleas look this up, it’s effects can be much worse then poison oak. The tiny hairs get into the skin like stinging nettles, but the effects are far worse and more long lasting.

hiking
1 month ago

This area used to be a good hunting area way back when I was young. It is still beautiful and a nice walk around. The camp ground, if not full, is nice also. I go there often, think about when I was a boy sitting under one of these trees watching everything, listening to the wend and watching for deer. Used to be so quiet then. How things change. The mountains are full of redwood groves, just have to get out and find them.

Absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is crystal clear and surrounded by amazing peaks. Puppy dog had fun chasing squirrels too!

Nice and easy little stroll amongst some very majestic sequoias~! This is a very popular spot so be prepared to have to wait a little bit if you’re into taking pictures at certain trees. $5 to park right across from the trailhead. Sunscreen and bug spray will be helpful for you and your furry companion. Please be respectful of these amazing giants and Mother Nature in general—it was so upsetting to see that people have written dumb nonsense on logs and whatnot....stay on the trail and clean up after yourself and your pup(s).

Took the day off from work to hike on the first day of summer. The trail conditions were really good. Especially loved the fact that I had the trail to myself. Be aware that there are lots of flying bugs this time of year, and the weather is much warmer so make sure to plan accordingly. I can't stress how important keeping oneself hydrated is to the enjoyment of this hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Gorgeous views and relentless climbing to reach the high Sierra backcountry, but absolutely worth the work. Parking is safe at the Rush Creek Trailhead near Silver Lake. Did this as a four day thru-hike to Tuolumne Meadows in June 2018, using the JMT/PCT over Donohue Pass. This was the most beautiful and committing backpack trip I've done, and is a must-do. Arrange for a ride back from T Meadows via YART, a private shuttle service or hitch a ride. This is a friendly area of California.

walking
1 month ago

Peaceful, nice, low traffic, $5 parking, well maintained, etc

Would be better with free parking and signs for the trees.

My first hike after knee replacement surgery. This trail is paved and wheelchair friendly. The giant sequoia's are majestic and it is permitted to walk up and touch them. Unfortunately the Pine Bark Beetles killed the pines in the area and most of them had to be cut down as a precaution against a canopy fire. Federal National Monument regulations prevent the removal of the felled trees so the logs litter the area. Although this is unsightly the walk is still magnificent. There is a campground across the road and a parking lot for hikers. The lot is run by a state agency and well worth the $5 fee for its public toilets and nice picnic tables. This is an easy hike for children and seniors.

This trail is great for beginners to test their skills and see if hiking is meant for them. The trail is easy to complete but has everything you would see on moderate trails in a short package.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking and vault toilets are directly across the street from the trailhead--a recreation pass is required to park here. Started at 7AM in June and never encountered other hikers for the duration. Pretty trail and scenery with increasing shade as you descend into the canyon. The trail is very narrow, with several areas of loose dirt and gravel. The creek bed was mostly dry, except for about the last 50 meters of the hike where there was a different input that provided a nice flow of water through a couple of steps of rocks--this is likely the "waterfall" referred to in other reviews. Along some stretches, the vegetation had overgrown the trail, but still easily passable. Nice hike, good exercise, some breeze, plenty of birds, lizards, squirrels and some wildflowers still in bloom. Check yourself and your dog for foxtails--they were very abundant along the trail. My GPS tracked just over 6 miles for this hike, out and back.

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