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    Sean Westberg saved Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg reviewed Mirror Lake Trail

    about 2 years ago

    Got up extra early and hit the road for a little morning hiking. I got to the trail at around 7:15am or so and basically had the entire trial to myself and only saw maybe 3 or 4 people until I got back to the end of the bike path. The sun didn't hit the valley floor until around quarter till 10 in this area so I had the entire hike in shade. Mirror lake is bone dry right now which sucked but other than that it was a pleasant 5-ish mile hike on relatively even ground. Sunrise was pretty watching the valley light up and make North Dome glow.

    Bugs started coming out around 8:30ish, and I switched to a bug net to minimize the annoyance. I can imagine they get pretty annoying when there's more water in the creek.

    It was pleasant, pretty, cool, alone, and I got to watch the sunrise on the north side of the valley. It's not a technical or even particularly challenging hike but I enjoyed it.

    Sean Westberg saved Arnold Rim Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg saved Middle Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg saved Harvey Bear Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg saved Frog Lake Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg added Bucket List

    over 2 years ago

    Sean Westberg added Mishe Mokwa Trail loop

    about 3 years ago

    Sean Westberg reviewed Mishe Mokwa Trail to Tri-Peaks and Sandstone Peak

    about 3 years ago

    Great hike. I'd normally give it 4 stars but there's a few things to note:

    1. It's crowded. At one point I saw 30 people tromp up to Sandstone Peak. And there isn't a whole lot of room up there. It made for an anticlimactic climax to the hike. So one star off from that.

    2. The 1.5 miles or so from the high point of the trail (not counting the spur directly to sandstone peak) down to the parking lot is very steep in places. Not only that, but the trail is littered with rubble from rainstorms and runoff, and it makes for a little treacherous descent. It earns it's moderate rating here. In the last .5 before the trail junction that takes you back to the parking lot, there's a runoff rut that gets 2-3 feet deep taking up a third of the trail. For as popular of a trail as it is that's kind of concerning. Not a huge technical deal but I'm docking a star because dang son that's a kind of rough descent.

    3. Inspiration Point is wide open comparatively, nice and breezy, and a great spot to have lunch. Only a fraction of the people go there, which is silly because it's like .1 of a mile off the trail. Stop there for lunch and to catch a breather. It's worth it.

    4. Start early. If you start in the morning you'll catch shade through the first half of the loop and then be done before the hottest part of the day.

    If you start early and go on a weekday I think that it'd easily be a 4 or 5 star hike. If you're doing the full loop and you're anything like me, bring water. Lots of water. I went through around 4 liters in 7 miles.