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hiking
2 hours ago

I did this trail, and summited for the 8th or 9th time, a few days ago. Perfect weather day. Trail is in decent shape. Wet roots and rocks at about miles 1.25 to 3.00 make for slick conditions. Strong winds and extreme cold past the saddle; at least the winds kept the black flies away. Warm clothing including neck, head and hand gear will improve your comfort level. Too many dogs off leash for my liking!

hiking
14 hours ago

The best hike ever. Very hard. And I if you think San Gorgonio is hard then you shouldn't go to Mt Whitney. I had an early start at 2am end up on summit at 9am. Clear sky a little windy but doable. Sunrise was amazing.Train for this hike,plan it smart.Be ready. Good luck.

hiking
15 hours ago

This hike can be as hard as you make it. I’m not in the best hiking shape but I made it to the top. I hiked at a pace that I didn’t get too winded or burn my legs out, in other words very slowly. 5 hours up, 3 hours down. Lots of roots, rocks and people on the trail but everyone was friendly. Enjoy the highest peak in Arizona.

Awesome experience and will definitely be going again!

Spectacular views of the Owens Valley and the Sierras.

I came for the destination and ended up enjoying the journey. It's a long, unchallenging hike. You walk and walk and walk and eventually ascend to the peak where you ... look around. You're so high that the endless views, while admittedly beautiful, have little scale.

Along the paths up (we took trail 9) and down (trail 4), however, you'll find magic. Unexpected views, sudden spires, and quiet beauty everywhere. It's a wonderful trail.

Such an impressive and gorgeous trek. This hike is no joke, it would be very challenging to do without physically preparing yourself. Well worth it! Once you summit, you are exposed to some truly marvelous views for miles along the ridge. As was suggested to my group, ascending via Falling Waters was a good idea since the rocks were slippery, and descending Old Bridle Path was more comfortable considering our tired legs. That way, too, you can stop at the Green Hut to refill on water (bring plenty!!!) and grab something to eat if you need. Overall, one of my favorite hikes to date and plan to return!

Gorgeous hike, a bit challenging as the trail became more rocky near the top, but so worth it. It’s also good to remember the elevation of the area — Custer is at 5500 ft (higher than Denver), so the air is a bit thinner. The trail isn’t especially shady, so if the sun is out, bring plenty of water; I almost finished 72 oz. Trail snacks, too. We went up #9 and down #4, which allowed for amazing views in front of us both ways. It took us about 5 hours, but we stopped for photos and a brief rest/snack at the top. If you have trekking poles, bring them for the trip down — your knees will thank you. One of my favorite hikes.

Fantastic loop trail. The Jewell Trail up is about as easy as it gets up there. The Ammonoosuc is rocky and slow so budget plenty of time for getting down.

I did this hike 9/15/18. I workout at a gym regularly and consider myself to be in pretty good shape. I try to hike when I can but ultimately only get to a handful of times a year - so I would consider my skill level as a hiker, average. I stayed in Van Horn the night prior, woke up at 3:30am left at 4:30am and got to the trailhead/campground at 5:30am.The forecast for the day was 80 degrees F clear and sunny. I hit the trail starting at 5:45am, it was still dark and used my headlamp for the first 30-45min. Not even 5min in and I ran into a large deer off to the left of the trail about 10ft. The first 1/4-1/3 of the trail I would say is the most strenuous - lots of dry loose dirt and small rocks - although the top 1/4 is just as steep and unforgiving. As the sun started to come up there was still some patches of clouds. Hoping for clear skies and not worried about the overall weather, I pressed on trying to get to the top as quickly as possible. As I got about halfway the temperature dropped a bit, and the wind picked up, so I put a light fleece on. I kept moving uphill and only stopped to take a few pics, catch my breath and get a quick drink of water. The views are great all the way up, and they only get better. Getting closer to the top the scenery and landscape also continually change. I was probably about 3/4 of the way up and decided to change from my fleece to my wind/waterproof jacket. I also noticed the fog/clouds were lingering. I also hadn't seen anyone on the trail at all yet. Very peaceful and why I like to start early. As I was nearing the top(less than 5min from summit) I ran into 1 girl. She said she was also hoping for clear skies and good views but she hadn't seen them yet. I got to the top in 2hr 45min, only to have cloud coverage and gusty cold winds. I was still excited I made it to the top and was pumped standing on top of Texas! I waited for 45min hoping the fog/clouds would pass so I could see the epic view. Sadly I had an 8hr drive in front of me(plus the hike down) and couldn't wait all day so I got some pictures and videos, signed my name, re-fueled and proceeded to head down. I left the top about 9am and within 45min of coming down I had ran into about 8-10people. Towards the halfway mark I passed 2 large groups of kids, and the rest of the way, passed multiple more groups of 2-4people. I ended up at the bottom about 11:15am(total time 5hr30min). Overall I would say it is a strenuous hike, with very rewarding views and scenery all the way up and down. It's probably not as hard as some people say it is, but nonetheless come prepared and have good footwear. It does get hot early, so start early, bring plenty of water and snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat is recommended. Coming down is an absolute breeze so that is one thing to look forward to when going up.

hiking
1 day ago

6 hours from snow bowl to summit and back amazing trail and definitely deserves the Hard category

What a great hike. Waterfalls and outstanding views. Yes, the hike was difficult but very rewarding once you reach the top. I’m 45 and my buddy is 44. We took rests along the way and spent some time at the top. In all, we took about an hour in rest time. The hike itself took us around 5.5 hours. We were hiking at a descent pace. I was thankful to have hiking poles. The trail going down (after Lafayette) was aggressive and tough on the legs after a while. Overall, a great hike. One of my favorites.

Trails are decent. Climb is challenging. Views are breathtaking. A must for anyone hiking/backpacking in Taos area

Surprised at the ruggedness of this area, it was definitely a challenge but totally worth it. Spectacular hike!

Great trail. Went to Trail Camp. No summit due to high winds. This map appears to be wrong, though, as there is no identifiable trail to consultation lake where it shows one. Not sure how one would ever get to the lake from where this map shows

Amazing views but the hike WAS as difficult as previous reviews say. Probably one of the most difficult hikes I’ve ever done. Very rocky trail and pretty steep in parts but it levels off a lot once you get onto the ridge and that’s also when the views open up and are beautiful for about 2 miles. GPS watch clocked it at 8.8 miles total 4,000 ft elevation gain. It took us 6 hours but we didn’t take many breaks. Definitely worth the effort. Come prepared with food/water and the ridge was windy and pretty chilly when we were there so I was happy to have brought a jacket. Poles would have helped but we didn’t bring any. We were able to get great parking in the lot at the trail head when arriving at 7:15am on a sunday.

Beautiful hike but very challenging. Start early and be prepared with PLENTY of water and food. I drank about 3.5 liters on my own.

My girlfriend and I went up Old Bridle Path. I know its less popular but I would do it again that way. We started around 7:00 and the viewpoints in the morning sun were absolutely serene. It's the quieter trail at that time so we got to enjoy the views mostly by ourselves and our legs were a little more fresh than had we gone up Falling Water. Doing the loop this way means your descent is much steeper which was admittedly tough after an already long day. But Falling Water is now quieter by the afternoon and the waterfalls made for a great treat and a beautiful change of pace, in terms of scenery, at the end of the hike.

Great walk! The highest peak from east of Rockies to the Pyrenees

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike. Clearly not the easiest. Last time I did it, it was almost winter and got lost in the snow. This time around, path was really clear.
It does get hard when almost at the top, due to the lack of oxygen. Next time, i will bring one of those portable oxygen little bottle.
Trail can get crowded, but if you go early in the morning, it is usually good.

surfing
2 days ago

I can’t say I really cared for this trail much. I’ve literally never seen so many people on a trail in my life-ever
The hike itself was ok-nothing great. I don’t think it was difficult or overly strenuous at all. The only difficult thing I found was moving to the side of the trail to let people go by that were coming down as I was going up. I must have moved 100 times. I won’t be going back, this isn’t a trail I would recommend going to.

All I can say is wow! And ouch! I didn’t expect to do the loop but I ended up doing it counterclockwise on the suggestion of the park lady. Glad I did - what a hike! The worst part imo is hiking up to the ridge. Once you’re on the ridge it seems easier to me - maybe it’s just because the view is so amazing that you forget your hiking. Plan on a full 8 ours though - it will take you that long! This was the second hardest hike I have ever done - the only one harder so far was Mt. Washington.

nice trail lots of people

Very easy ascent with no scrambles and a few good lookouts along the way. Bring a jacket! Bald summit = cold and windy. I went early on a Thursday morning and there were a ridiculous amount of people heading up as i went down, so this isnt really a good place to go escape crowds, but the views were unreal, so it was worth it. It took me 4.5 hrs including 15 mins at the top and a few breaks at the other views.

Absolutely wonderful hike. We are somewhat but not super in-shape, so the hike was challenging, but doable. We took Falling Waters up and Green Leaf down. It had rained heavily the night before and one of the river crossings was a bit tricky with the powerful stream on Falling Waters, we were glad to have waterproof shoes and wished we had brought a hiking pole. Breathtaking views for miles once you clear the tree line. It took us about 7 hours with a number of short breaks and a stop at the top of Lincoln for lunch. We went through water pretty quickly but refilled at Green Leaf Hut, and had some refreshing lemonade there as well. My legs were sore for days but it was totally worth it.

3 days ago

Did last saturday. i took 4 hours to go up and 3 hours to came down. it's pretty neat trail and had awesome experience.

I would give it a five because the views at top are amazing, but kind of want to give the trail itself a 3 since many parts are in bad condition.

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The drive there up the Needles Highway was great, we even saw some mountain goats. The trail was awesome. At about 1 mike in is an amazing view and there are many more all along the way. The peak itself is unique due time the watchtower. Definitely recommend this trail!

My new favorite hike. Definitely would recommend Falling Waters going up and Green Leaf coming down for the best views. Fraconia Ridge is beautiful and has some nice challenges. Great hike.

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