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    This hike around the lake is easily accomplished in around 3-4 hours depending on your pace. I would rate this hike as an easy day trip. You will need water, sun screen, and comfortable shoes. There are restrooms and the trail is close to the lake the duration of the hike.

    This hike is full of great scenery. I would suggest hiking the eastern side of the lake starting from the main entrance and turning around from the waterfall, instead of doing the full loop. This side of the lake is less congested, offers the most shade, and you can track a 10 mile hike this way instead of 8 miles.

    The waterfall is big and has a swimming hole at the bottom. I found a rope swing along the way and plenty of fishing spots. There are benches to take lunch breaks along the hike and make sure you are cautious for snakes. I almost stepped on one this second time around.

    Great trail heads. Well maintained park. Restrooms all throughout the area.

    3 months ago

    This was a great hike. 1.5 mile walk from the parking lot to the waterfall. The hike to the falls overlook is easy, very low incline and easy trail head. When you get to the waterfall it is almost a climb to get down to the swimming area, so take that into consideration if you decide to bring your kids or if you have limitations.

    I hiked the entire loop around the park and I tracked 8 miles on my Apple Watch. The trail around the park is a dirt road, perfect for mountain biking or horses. I suggest bringing extra water because after the falls there isn’t another spring until you reach the halfway point. The trail around the park is very easy, slight incline and trail thinning towards the end. It’s not too hard if you take is slow and make sure to take breaks in the shade. I will definitely come back and use this park for trail running in the future.

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    The trail is entirely up hill. Very difficult! There are many water sources on trail if you pack a filter. The views are not matched anywhere. If you are looking for a challenge this is definitely the one.

    Ensure you pack: Bear spray, water filter, camera, bags to carry out your mess, and pack light.

    We started our hike at around 1:30am because our GPS lost signal and we could not find the trail head. We packed for an overnight and we were glad we did. It took us about an hour per mile because the hike is intensely up hill. I was glad to pack a water filter because we ran out of water very fast. The trail is easy to follow and there are many readily made camp sites not too far from the trail. The views of Yosemite are amazing from up there. We took many good pictures. We woke up and found a bear lazily walking along the ridge below our camp. They are very common along the trail so make plenty of noise and know what to do if you approach one. All in all the trail was one of the top ten hikes I have completed. A must see, I will definitely visit again soon.

    Wednesday, July 05, 2017

    This trail is very hard. If you are looking for challenge this is it. We made it to about 8,800ft before we turned around.

    Make sure you have the following items:

    Bug spray, sunscreen, hat/visor/beanie, glasses/goggles, long sleeve breathable shirt, gloves, water proof shoes/boots, water filter, hiking stick.

    If you have all of these items and start the summit before the sun rises, you should make it up the trail easily.

    We started at 10:42 and turned around at about 3pm. The sun and mosquitoes ate us alive. Around 12pm the snow blindness started hitting us, and at around 1pm we ran out of water. Additionally, try and set markers to follow your trail back. We ended up veering off trail and faced a cliff during our return! Had to back track... made for a good time. We packed too heavy, expecting an overnight but this climb can be done in around 6hrs in and back if you pack light and smart.

    We will meet again South Sister! We are going to try to summit again this year.