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trail running
23 hours ago

This is an awesome out and back trail. My new favorite trail run in California! There are some rock stairs, roots sticking up and part of the trail that you’re squeezed around rocks next to the cliff that can slow you down but this trail is beautiful! You have to get to DL Bliss early and pay $10 to get to the best parking but it’s totally worth it! The views are incredible. It’s up and down and if you wear a suit you can jump in a few different places!

Beautiful bay views. Steady up and down so not difficult. Arriving on Emerald bay area, several spots for a swim on the lakeside. Worthy !

trail running
1 day ago

Simply put, this trail is amazing for a runner. It's 12+ miles out and back. (Follow the directions to the parking lot above, and remember to bring $10 to pay for parking). We arrived at 7:15 on a Saturday and got a spot, but there are only about 10 spots next to the trail, so get their early. For a runner, this was one of the best trails we have ever run. Epic scenery, some elevation at the beginning, middle and end, and single track running. We were pretty much alone on the trail until we started heading back, and ran into alot of hikers, so had to play frogger - so might be even better to go earlier than we did to avoid the crowds on the return. Given the choice between this and Flume, I'm taking Rubicon hands down as the best trail run in the SLT area.

Truly gorgeous with lots of people but enough cool spots to get some alone time if like me you were looking for that. I spent a night at Tamarack Lake midway between the trailhead at Echo Lake and Aloha because I couldn’t get a permit to camp at Aloha on my first night. It was kind of nice that it forced me to go slower and appreciate another lake in the area. But you could easily spend a few days near Aloha. Next time I’ll do Aloha on night 1 and go on to one of the other lakes further up the PCT from there for night 2. I’m no thru hiker and that’s good because I don’t feel compelled to blow through 30 miles of beauty in one day.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail is beautiful and thankfully, outside of being hazy for photos, the smoke was barely noticeable. Definitely plan for a long day hike... what slows you down is the constant rocky terrain. Most of the trail consists of walking on rocks. Bring proper shoes. A lot of exposed area so bring the sunblock. The wildflowers are everywhere and the lakes are stunning! Lake Aloha was a great lunch spot, but pretty windy and made it too chilly for a swim. Got in at Lake of the Woods it was perfect!

Great trail with beautiful lake at the end. Due to time constraints we had to take water taxi both ways. The “drop phone” was not operational and we didn’t have the coins to call the taxi back after arriving back at the dock. Luckily we had one phone with enough bars to call from end of dock. Take 50cents if u want the ride back. Gets hot in exposed parts; bring plenty sunscreen! Great views of Sierra crest at lake aloha.

hiking
8 days ago

I attempted to pick up the trail in D.L. Bliss State Park, but the parking lot was full. A helpful ranger suggested I drive 1.6 miles to Eagle Point Campground as that lot "is never full." She was right about that. Bonus was that the Rubicon Trailhead was located just a few meters from the entrance to the day parking lot. Also, this meant that I was picking up the trail at the beginning, instead of in the middle at D.L. Bliss. As a regular hiker, I found the trail to be relatively easy to hike, just the distance and occasional climbs added to the difficulty. The scenery was beautiful! The beach areas could be crowded, but it was easy to navigate through the people. Well worth giving it a try... I'll be back to do it again!

8 days ago

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a regular, the Rubicon trail is a must! Walking at a leisurely pace with no breaks, it should take around 2.5 hours to walk one way, say, from D.L.Bliss SP to Vikingsholm. This route has more of a down- slope, and therefore your return trip will generally be a gradual upslope. If you don't feel like doing an out and back, you can do a one way with some planning. One time when we were with friends, we took two cars and parked one over at Emerald Bay and parked the other at DL Bliss. There is also a trolly/ shuttle service that makes stops from Tahoe City to South Lake Tahoe (Go to the Tahoe Transportation District website to see fares and schedules.) Know that by 9:30 am the parking lots around Emerald Bay are almost always full. More parking can be found at D.L. Bliss SP two miles away, and it even has an overflow parking lot located half a mile from the beach and Rubicon Trail that you may want to consider. My advice is to get to these places as early as possible to find parking and beat the crowds.

backpacking
10 days ago

Great trail not too difficult. Awesome place for a chill backpacking weekend

beautiful.

hiking
11 days ago

Took the SF ferry to Saulsilito and the shuttle to the park. Make reservations early enough to get the time you want on the shuttle.

The main trail with the boardwalks is well done and really nice. We got there early 9:30 so not as many people as when we left around 2pm - busy.

Walked Bootjack trail towards the meadow. No one was in this trail due to the “beware of wasps” sign. We saw them but no issues.

We also did the Fern trail to lost trail to canopy trail which was great! A bunch of steps going up but a different perspective from the top of the forest than the bottom.

on Rubicon Trail

hiking
12 days ago

This trail offers it all. A great lake view, some elevation, and just the right amount of distance.
It was a great scenic workout.

13 days ago

awesome

hiking
13 days ago

Great view from the top. I hiked up to the lighthouse. I’m from Ohio so I’m not use to mountain trails. It would have been nice to have some arrows along the way.

hiking
14 days ago

So beautiful and the water felt great! Lots of spots to sit under the shade and enjoy the water!

Such a wonderful hike;) I did this hike middle part of the day so I recommend wearing sunscreen since most part of the hike has no shade and wear a good hiking shoes for the rocky terrain:) I will definitely recommend this hike! Enjoy the scenery!

hiking
16 days ago

Awesome hike but if a novice hiker or out of shape and also plan on doing it as a day hike, plan a very long day.

It is such a beautiful hike, and the meadows were filled with an array of flowers. The lake is just gorgeous and very welcoming for a swim. While heading over to the dam was blessed to see a beaver on the trail too. The trail had a variety of terrain from sandy, rocky, and granite.

Park down by the campground to avoid walking on the road... great views. Bring your suit for little beach swim.

Excellent trail with lots of varied scenery ending at a great little uncrowded beach

First time hiker.. this was very challenging but we made it all the way to lake aloha for lunch.. best environment for lunch anywhere... My PB&J was delish... Anyway this was very exhausting and well worth it.. the scenery is breath taking, truly God's country or whatever u believe in.... We started out real early and ran into traffic late in the day.. no places for water along the way.. we actually took 10 bottles f9r the 2 of us and ran out just shy of the finish line.. I would also mention if u take a dog with u, get them boots and be considerate, I saw a lot of dogs just exhausted..2 owner's had to carry them back. They were labs, shocking.. anyway if you want a decent challenge for a rookie then this trail is a must try..

Great little hike. Just a quick trip up to Susie Lake and back. It was Saturday, so lots of traffic.
Susie lake is beautiful

20 days ago

Fabulous hike! Great views of Emerald Bay and just enough uphill to make for a great workout! The trail is in great shape!

nature trips
21 days ago

Beautiful spot! This is always a fun to do when the family goes to Sedona. It cost $20 to park in the lot, so make a day of it. The walk in through the park is paved with a convenience store (ice cream, water shoes) and a number of bathrooms. There are many steps down to the river and some climbing over rocks to move along the river to find the perfect spot. Bring water shoes, sunscreen, shade, water & lunch/snacks. The river is mountain run off so it’s cold (even on 100* days). Jean shorts are a good idea over your suit so you don’t ruin it or your self. Watch your step, we see a number of falls every time we go. Nothing like stitches to ruin a great day!

on Lake Aloha Trail

21 days ago

, v. .

hiking
22 days ago

My wife & I did the "Canopy View/ Lost/ Fern Creek Trails Loop" that was posted near the entrance of the National Monument area, close to the Visitor Center. The ~2.7km loop was moderately challenging with most of the first half being uphill. Lots of great views of the canopy before coming back down to the main area. We loved it! There were lots of other trail options and we'd love to go back!

backpacking
23 days ago

Hiked this trail solo in 12 days. Easier than the JMT, but with the heavy snow year in 2017, navigation was a bit challenging in the snow. Resupplied once by Echó Lake Summit. This trail is a great introduction to thru-hiking.

hiking
24 days ago

A few too many stairs to climb for my liking but beautiful scenery.

Great views of the valley on the top of the mountain. Most of the hike is a wide fire road that an suv can go on. It offers practically no shade and gets really hot in the summer. I was a little disappointed to see all the satellites, antennas and some sort of power generator right at the top of the mountain. Definitely takes away from the serenity of the scene.

4 stars because the hike itself is somewhat boring but 5 star views. I would say the hike is 4 portions. 1st is switchbacks through forest, you have tree cover which is nice but you're near the highway. This brings you to the monument for RLS. Next portion is beginning of fire road to great view looking south/west and the rock that people climb all the time. Next portion us fire road that still has intermittent views and brings you to a crest. Last portion is the final like 1.5 miles where the grade feels tougher, you are more exposed, and there was no breeze for me until you summit. Last portion is by far the toughest but the view at the top is pretty awesome. I did the whole hike in about 3 hours not including my 15-30 minute break at the top. Great hike for building mental toughness because it can be such a slog. Start early as possible to avoid midday sun.

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