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    Thomas Smith completed Soledad Canyon Loop

    11 months ago

    Thomas Smith saved Rim Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Organ Needles Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Soledad Canyon Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Given the reviews, I found this hike really underwhelming. It's a nice walk through the trees. I wouldn't call the views amazing. You can look down the Canyon out to white sands, but only a bit of the horizon is visible. The Canyon is well forested, but there are houses visible, and you're also close enough to the highway that traffic noise is noticeable through 2/3 of the hike. The trail is well kept and well marked.

    If you're going to do this hike, I would start by taking the loop east (clockwise on a map). That way you have a long downhill, followed by a short steep-ish set of switchbacks to the trestle, then back to the parking lot. The trestle is the "climax" of the hike, so if you do it the other way, you see the big sight in 1/4 mile, and are left with a long uphill climb back to the parking lot. This also puts the Canyon views to your back.

    Thomas Smith reviewed Lineham Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    The first 1/2 of this hike is steep and very exposed, and thus was more difficult than I expected. Take water. That said, the scenery is absolutely fantastic. I loved the hike. It would have been 5 stars, but the trail ends a mile before the falls, which was a bit of a letdown. Looked like you could buschwhack it over to them without too much difficulty, but this was the last hike of a 2 week hiking trip and we just weren't up to it. The falls themselves are massive, as can be seen in the photos. But most of them don't do justice to the amphitheater shaped valley itself. It's really spectacular.

    Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, and trail was almost entirely clear of snow, with some easily passable patches. Also ran into a grizzly right at the trailhead.

    Thomas Smith completed Lineham Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Redrock Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, clear of snow. Spectacular hike. Highly recommend going to extra bit to Bullhead lake.

    Thomas Smith completed Redrock Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Red Rock Canyon Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This is a short easy walk. There were a bunch of people hanging out down in the canyon, which doesn't make for great photos. Coming from Utah, it was pretty underwhelming. However, done in conjunction with Blakiston Falls (same parking lot), I would call it a 5 star hike.

    Thomas Smith completed Red Rock Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Bullhead Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Hiked 1st week of June, entirely clear of snow to the lake. If this isn't a 5 star hike, I really don't know what is. Pretty flat and numerous photo opportunities.

    Thomas Smith completed Bullhead Lake Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Blakiston Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Rarely do you get such incredible waterfall views for so short and easy a hike. Maybe it was because we were early in the season, but we only saw one other couple, so not busy. Definitely worth the time.

    Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, excellent trail condition entirely clear of snow.

    Thomas Smith completed Blakiston Falls Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith followed Max Silva

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith followed Karina Roibu

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Trout Lake Loop

    about 1 year ago

    This was a really nice short trail, offering a relatively still mountain lake that can serve as a reflecting pool, wind permitting. The first section is kind of steep, but still easily doable with kids. The best part of the hike may be the drive to it, through the Lamar valley, which was the single most incredible thing I saw in Yellowstone. Featuring snow capped peaks in the background, there were hundreds of Bison grazing there. It's something I'll never forget. There were clearly lots of fish in the lake, but the fly fishermen there seemed to be having a terrible time of it. Looks like it gets a fair amount of pressure.

    Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, entirely clear of snow

    Thomas Smith completed Trout Lake Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Fairy Falls

    about 1 year ago

    This review has to be taken in the context of 2017. The normal trail is closed this year, so you have to take the service road from fountain flats and connect to the normal trail. This makes Fairy Falls a 9 mile out and back hike. The AllTrails map at time of writing corresponds to this route. However, because of that added distance, there was nobody there. Because this is a relatively short easy hike, I imagine it is completely overrun with people in a normal season. But with the added mileage, it was empty. We had the Falls to ourselves for an hour. With the spring runoff, they were fantastic. This waterfall is hard to photograph because it's so tall. I tried to have my wife stand at the base as a size reference, and you can't see her in the photograph. The rock coloration and erosion pattern isn't like anything I've ever seen. It was spectacular.

    As far as difficulty, the hike was almost perfectly flat. The service road (fountain freight road, I think? On the NPS website under the Falls) runs through a couple large valleys. It's really flat and really exposed, but the scenery is incredible. There were slot of Bison close to the road, and I never felt closer to the park than when I was on that road. The length is the only challenge. There were a lot of mosquitoes in the last mile, so bug spray.

    Pros - Spectacular Waterfall, Valley scenery and wildlife, No crowds, can be shortened significantly with a bike
    Cons- Long, flat, exposed

    Hiked 1st week of June 2017, entirely clear of snow

    Thomas Smith completed Fairy Falls

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Purple Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    This was a great hike to get away from the swarms of parking lot people. On a Saturday we saw two other people on the trail. It is steep and the switchbacks have some gravel/scree texture, so if you've got kids or people unsure of footing, it might not be your hike. Views are spectacular, and a worthy payoff for the punishment. Wouldn't worry too much about wildlife, as we didn't come across any water sources and the trees are relatively dense. Decent cover through the whole hike, though bug spray is a must.

    Pros - No crowds, fantastic view
    Cons - Steep and long, forest getting to the top isn't much to look at

    Note - Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, was entirely clear of snow while Washburn and other higher hikes were completely impassable

    Thomas Smith completed Purple Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Big Dune Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Interdune Boardwalk

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Alkali Flat Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Fillmore Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith reviewed Tortugas Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith completed Tortugas Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith added Pine Tree Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith completed Pine Tree Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Thomas Smith saved Pine Tree Trail

    over 1 year ago