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A must.

This is a pretty awesome trail. The new sections puts this trail into Hard territory. I have a rock buggy on 1 tons and 43’s and I have run this trail many times, it is always fun. Last run there was a group of broke Jeeps on one of the obstacles and I took a bypass line around them and proceeded to beat on my rig harder than I have in a long time, but I was able to get around. The group of Jeepers were on 33-35’s and they didn’t look like they’d return.

off road driving
18 days ago

Made it no problem in a pickup, I'm sure anything stock will do just fine, be advised the trail is "closed" until December 1st because of hazardous trees. Nice scenery, nice day trip.

off road driving
27 days ago

Pretty awesome trail, we ended up turning it into a two day trip but can easily be a day trip. There was definitely some sketchy moments (first part) but the Jeep handled it just fine. I did it in a stock wrangler riding on some 33s and rocksliders that I’m glad I had because I definitely hit.

off road driving
30 days ago

Easy trail, take the 73 and follow Mount Watson Blvd to Watson Lake. The beginning half is offroad and the second half is paved all the way to the camp. From there we took Watson Lake Road which was a little trickier to Sawmill Flat. The rig got a scratched up because of the bushes on Watson Lake Road. Definitely bring a hedge trimmer if you want your rig to not get scratched.

off road driving
1 month ago

Just did slick rock 3.5 hrs sweet run
35”tires rock sliders is a must.

off road driving
1 month ago

Definitely one of my favorite trails! Thank you Hi-Landers 4wd Club for all the hard work you do to maintain this trail every year!

off road driving
1 month ago

37” tires 5”lift
sliders. Used it all That trail doesn’t disappoint hard-core

off road driving
1 month ago

Great short trail in my stock Gr Cherokee. One tough spot early on that made my wife want to jump out, but coming back and taking a better line made it easy. View was amazing at the top. Definitely will do this trail again.

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail was fun, started from highway 88 and ended in Strawberry off of highway 50, there were a few challenging spots but 2 difficult ones. We were in a newer Tacoma with a 3inch lift and 33s. Don’t recommend for any less than that. Lots of rocky areas. Expect some scrapes and dings. Trail gets pretty narrow in some areas. Overall a fun trail, took about 3 hours to complete with a few stops along the way.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great jeep trail. Starts paved but gets very interesting later as you climb. Great vistas too

This is a beautiful trail . Have been running it since the late 70s . Three times this year , most recently with my Daughter. It changes each year, some years worse than others. if your rig is sound you can do it in a day . But it should be done in a minimum of 4 days to really enjoy the area . Should plan on staying at buck for 2 days , hike the waterfall for a beautiful reward.

off road driving
1 month ago

It was fun good times

off road driving
1 month ago

This is an awesome trail with some beautiful scenery. The old rail fire lookout building at the top is a cool historic building to see and the view is fantastic. There are two options to get up to the top. You can take the hard way or the easy way (Through Cisco Grove). We went up the hard way and came down the Cisco way. From the trailhead to the top it was 4.8 miles with an elevation gain of almost 3K feet and took us about 3 hours with a stock Rubicon on 33s. Lots of rocks and small boulders but only two kind of challenging spots where we had to get out and spot a line. The hard way requires a 4x4 and the easy way would be fine to 2WD.

off road driving
1 month ago

Great to see the trail open again after nearly 6 years of closure. Thank you Gold Hills Possie for all of the work to make that happen, as well as the continued maintenance.

Thr Trail is easy to traverse. Stock rigs with an experienced driver can make it without any problems. There are some hill climbs and a few small rock gardens. Beautiful views from the top at 8500' elevation. You can see Kirkwood, hwy 88, Caples Lake and the Carson Valley. Then as you continue down the trail, the area opens up and you can see volcanic rock bluffs, a variety of trees, and Caples Lake.

we went from 50 ...it was easy until it dead ended so I don't know what happened. we couldn't go farther. We turned around and took Strawberry Creek Trail with our Jeep and THAT was difficult. Too hard for us. We have it lifted with 35

off road driving
1 month ago

Really great for our first off road driving experience. beautiful views. loved it

off road driving
1 month ago

Trail is solid, my Tacoma with 4wd made it to the top no problem, wide vehicles may have trouble on some boulders you have to pass between. Two small technical areas and the rest is very calm and fun! **You will not be the only ones in the trail so take it slow. Motorcyclists and hikers are hard to see through the trees, I recommend having your lights on as well...

off road driving
2 months ago

Go lost near the top. Must have missed a turn. Need to go back. Still fun.

backpacking
2 months ago

We hiked from Tahoe City to Watson lake just for a one night trip. Parking is super easy (no permit needed) at the transit center in town. Also no permit needed for camping/hiking. We started the hike late (around noon or so) and had no problem making it to Watson Lake before sun down. Beautiful views, not very busy, and a pretty good workout (about 13 miles each way). Definitely bring good hiking shoes, I got many blisters on the hike back out. The only reason I took a star off is because there were not any water sources until we got to the lake, so be sure to start your trip with lots of water! All in all, beautiful trail and I would love to do more of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

off road driving
2 months ago

Have done about 6 times. Five on motorcycles starting when my son and daughter were around 10-12 yrs old. Twice stoped by snow near top but kept coming back! Did last yr in RZR for first time. Some mods have definitely been made at the only two tougher areas to reduce the difficulty factor by at least a full star. Great fun run and the view at top towards Kirkwood will not disappoint. Kids are in 20's now and both just revisited and enjoyed some more but both noted sadly the easyfication of it and were bummed that somebody had done that. So 4 for view and different terrain but 3 for difficulty. Motorcycles harder.

You cannot do this trail in a stock jeep without lots of careful wheel placement, lockers, rock stacking and even then there are large portions of the trail that a stock JK or JL couldn’t do with out body damage or mechanical damage. It’s a super cool trail with lots of traffic during events. With heavy traffic it can easily take you 8hrs to drive from loon lake to rubicon springs and back.

off road driving
2 months ago

Rad trail, if you are new to rock crawling or don’t have a well built crawler I don’t recommend it. Most of the winch hills have bypasses but the water crossings don’t. I have been thru committee crossing where it was over 6ft deep in some spots and the only reason I made it across is because my jeep floats. I would also recommend 37” tires or bigger, Dana 44s or better with lockers and lots of armor.

off road driving
2 months ago

Took my 2015 Forester Stock all the way to the summit. Loved it and the Foz killed it!

off road driving
2 months ago

Nice trail, came up the hard side (eagle lake). Would rate the trail a moderate. No problems for our Wranglers with 35's. It is a quite lose rocky climb up with a handful of small obstacles. Good warm up for a lifted rig and probably pretty challenging for stock vehicles.

off road driving
2 months ago

A group of us drove this trail yesterday and it was pretty awesome. The new reroute had one really tough hill that takes some work to get down. Rock rails are a must have item and I would suggest having a minimum of 33" tires. If you're in a JKU then you will be dragging on your skid plates.

Fun little trail. Took the kids in the rzr. There is only one technical spot with large boulders, but the trail bypasses it. The view from top is awesome. 4x4 is necessary, and higher than stock clearance is recommended

This was a fun, family friendly experience.

off road driving
3 months ago

Ran the trail on 9/8/18 from Hwy. 88 to 50. First off, it's great that this trail was able to be opened back up to use. As for the trail, it was mostly a dirty, dusty forest service road. Only one spot was "difficult" for anything is stock or mildly built. Overall, it was a good trail, but does not deserve a HARD rating, that is why the 3 stars.

backpacking
3 months ago

This is my first post so I apologize if I forget to include any info. I backpacked & camped with z group of 5 people for 3 nights at Upper Sardine lake. Got there via the Mono Pass Trail that starts off at Tioga road from the east entrance of Yosemite. Not a hard trail but also not easy either, then again I’m a newbie. This was my first camping trip, never backpacked before in my life, first time to Yosemite, first time fishing, first everything and I loved it! This was the most beautiful amazing adventure I’ve ever had. From the start of the trailhead inside Yosemite to our campsite outside the park in Inyo under the trees next to the lake, the scenery was breathtaking to the point of bringing tears to my eyes, then again being my first time in the wilderness I was having a bit of sensory overload from all the beauty and the silence away from humanity. There were little to no mosquitos, saw a few deer, tons of fish in this lake, they kept jumping out of the water it was so cool! Took a day hike through Parker Pass to Parker Pass Lake which was the most beautiful color of cobalt blue I had ever seen. Throughout the duration of my stay we hardly saw another soul in sight except for a day hiker here and there. The one thing I underestimated as a newbie was the cold at night; during the day we had beautiful weather in the mid to high 70s, but at night it was in the low 30s and I suffered a bit, lol. But despite the cold at night, I enjoyed every single moment of this trip and can’t wait to go back. This trail was totally doable even for a novice like me, so don’t worry when the trail goes from easy to all uphill for about a mile and a half when you almost reach upper sardine lake, the view of Mono Lake far down below and the serenity of this place are completely worth it. This place is beyond amazing and perfect everyone.

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