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hiking
25 days ago

This is an amazing hike. I did it on Xmas Eve with light snow and it was as challenging as it gets (used snow shoes when needed). Would not advise doing what I did, but you won't be disappointed any time. Amazing views. One of the best hikes in the area.

Did this as a loop hike over the course of 3 days. Rough outline was: Trailhead, Dad's Lake, Barren Lake, Texas Pass into the Cirque, out over Jackass Pass back to trailhead. Surprised at the lack of mosquitoes in early August. AMAZING hike, but Texas Pass is not for the faint of heart. The only other hard part was picking our way down the boulders into the Cirque.

Highly recommend a bit of training before this trip, but the views are so incredibly worth it.

backpacking
3 months ago

last part of the long journey coming from Dutch Joe Creek area

This lake is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The hike is very difficult if you’re backpacking. Hope to come back one day

Went in July. Snowpack was very light and the views were amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Uphill all the way to the falls but not extremely strenuous. Falls we’re really low (mid September) but I still went off the slide and we had a blast! Water was so cold but the slide is a must-do. A little scarier than I was expecting but worth it. There were maybe 4-5 groups of people who came and went while we were there. Sunbathed on the big rocks after going down the slide. Beautiful and peaceful little spot!

Great day for a hike. trail is kept in good shape. Beautiful area.

backpacking
4 months ago

My three boys and I just packed this trail. it was the first time we had hiked this one. Lots of rocks about midway up the trail to the summit. We had a lot of fun. It was very scenic. There is still a lot of smoke in the area from fires out west and just down the road west of Wheatland. Nice hiking trip for a day. There are a lot of structures on the top of the mountain. Not sure if any of it is still used, kind of blocks the view, but still worth the climb. Take lots of water, not many places to purify water after the first couple of miles. also wear good shoes. My boys and I had a blast and will definitely go again. Late summer early fall a great time to do this one. The leaves are already turning. Have fun!

Personally Island lake is way better than any hike in the wind river area. Its easy, theres a ton to do, and the views are breath taking. I brought a rod and fished part of the day and hooked up with some cutthroats.

One of the prettiest places I've ever been. fairly easy hike with some steep areas, but nothing to be afraid of. When I went their were tons of mosquitos. The fishing is good if you have the patience for them. overall, I would recommend this as one of the best places to go in the US.

So many gorgeous lakes and rugged mountain peaks, making these climbs absolutely worth it. Awesome great dispersed camping all the way up to Lonesome Lake.

This hiking is so amazing, it really challenged me as a hiker. I recommend doing the trail in late spring/ early summer. I went and saw almost no one else on the trail. You will probably see some snow at the beginning of the trail if you go during late spring / early summer but it will dissipate quickly. Also be advised you are hiking downhill during the whole hike and then uphill on the return. So, mentally prepare yourself for that. The trail head says the hike only a few miles but it really is the full 7. The sign is incorrect.

Unreal trip, bugs were nowhere to be found which was great, didn't even bother putting deet on. Got a great spot at island lake for the night. Wish i would've done two nights on the trail, maybe another night on Seneca Lake? Was a little busier than i expected for a Monday.

Started in Elkhart Park (yes, parking lot is packed) on August 11th and hiked to Seneca Lake as we got a later start than anticipated. The next day we hiked into the basin. Yes, the trail is pretty busy up to Island Lake. Once you get past Island Lake, there are less and less people. The farther into the basin you go, the more secluded you become. We would see less than half a dozen people per day. We spent a good while looking for a nice spot with some wind block (we found it to be nearly impossible to accomplish this) but we hiked all the way to the uppermost lake in the basin and found a great spot. There are multiple great spots if you hike to the very beginning of the last lake by the cascading waterfall. We had a hard time finding a big enough boulder to hang our food but got it done. Titcomb Basin is magical. We decided to stay an extra day because we didn’t want to leave. The wind can be pretty bad and we had one day where it was relentless. Some people nearby couldn’t keep their tent up and ultimately slept outside in their sleeping bags on a pretty chilly night. There were mosquitos but they weren’t as bad as we expected and we never had to use nets or anything. We hiked back out on August 15th. We did hike out in one day which is doable but don’t underestimate it. It may seem like little elevation gain but it’s constant ups and downs that can wear a person out. Can’t wait to get back here someday...it’s unreal!

hiking
4 months ago

Not so hard as AllTrails rates it. You only go as far as you want. I did about 5 miles today. It was beautiful and peaceful. Very low traffic on trail. Cool to explore the petroglyphs near TH — don’t miss them. It’s kind of like an Easter Egg hunt looking for them.

We don’t want to scare anyone, but we found #peteh’s carnage and the remains of the person that the swarm of mosquitos swept off and devoured....

In better news, this hike was beautiful. We did the loop (Big Sandy TH to Dad’s Lake-Shadow Lake-Texas Pass-Jackass Pass- Big Sandy Lake and back out to the TH). There was quite a lot of traffic on the trail, but it is isolated and pristine. Mosquitos clearly had their fill in early August. Texas pain-in-the-arse-pass was hard but doable and there many trails down the valley that all lead to Lonesome Lake. After the lake, as you either go over or around Jackass Pass and travel the south side of Arrowhead Lake, stay high over the boulders- it’s a hard and hairy scramble. If you find a blue 1.5 L water bottle (he advised not to carry such a large vessel), please return to Archibald Rita of the Rita clan of Northern Virginia). As for the rest of the hike- as you descend into the unnamed lake after the boulder scramble, go down to the water and then follow the path around the north east shore that will take you across what looks like an untraverseable slab of rock across to Big Sandy Lake.

Happy trails y’all!

Some scenic views on the way. Lots of loose rocks, big and small, especially the top third of the trail. Advise extra water, stiff soles and some ankle protection.

Outstanding! Hiked from the trailhead at Elkhardt Park to Titcomb Basin from August 16-22, 2018. Weather was absolutely perfect and the scenery/landscape some of the most picturesque throughout the country.

Great hike. Was fogged in nearly all the early part up the switchbacks and then cleared off as we came over the top. Beautiful area.

Me and my family went on a hot July day, and it was definitely worth it. When you get to falls there are many spots to get your feet wet or even brave a swim in the powerful waterflow. There's one spot in particular where the water slides down a big smoothed rock and into what appears as a natural pool. This is a popular swimming area. Beautiful summer wildflowers, lots of wildlife, and gorgeous views of the canyon.

on Laramie Peak

hiking
5 months ago

Besides the loose rocks on most of the trail, this was an amazing, scenic 10+ mile hike

although it really is gorgeous, it has become overrun with people. There were 32 cars in the parking lot this morning, and I couldn't go more than a mile without stepping off trail for another hiker or a pack team. the area is really starting to show the use. I liked the trail, and am happy to have gone, but I would highly suggest branching off from this trail to another less used trail.

This hike was magnificent. I recommend starting before 10am if you want to do the whole thing in a day. I didn't come across many mosquitos at all. Weather was beautiful and the lake is a great place to stop and take a dip in before or after taking on the steep part of the trail. I will definitely be coming back here for a camping trip.

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

Just finished this hike early today. We did the loop with a night at Big Sandy and the second night at Dads lake.

The Cirque is a great spot, but stopping there is a mistake. Views from Texas Pass are amazing and a great sense of accomplishment accompanied summiting. Shadow Lake and Dads lake are also gems that would be missed if not doing the loop.

In the 25 miles trail navigation difficulty was only an issue at Lonesome Lake/Texas Pass area as cairns seem to be all over. However, this was also a highlight for my wife who loved scrambling through boulders. You will work hard to get to top, just to look down and see that your heading straight down. BUT it’s well worth it.

This hike offers streams, lakes, peaks, forests, wild flowers everywhere. Only thing we missed out on seeing was wildlife.

**As for mosquitos, I only had a problem when I didn’t spray. When I sprayed they seemed to leave me alone.

Did this gorgeous hike July 22nd-25th. Started the hike late on Sunday and decided to camp at Miller Lake. We had the entire place to ourselves! We spent two nights at Island Lake and hiked to the basin and back for a day trip. The weather was incredible, but the bugs were incessant. I’d definitely recommend deet, long sleeves and pants, and a face net. Even with all of those items, it was still rough to stand still outside of the tent for longer than 10 minutes. The scenery was out of this world, and I would gladly do this hike again. It was more challenging than people made it out to be, but it was not brutal.

Easy, great trail. Beautiful scenery. I would recommend it and do it again.

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