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    Victoria Gould saved Angela Lake Hike

    5 months ago

    Victoria Gould saved Eagle Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Victoria Gould saved Mill Creek Trail

    8 months ago

    Victoria Gould saved Hites Cove Trail

    8 months ago

    Victoria Gould saved Tamarak Lake

    8 months ago

    Victoria Gould saved Grouse Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Victoria Gould saved Lyons Creek Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Victoria Gould saved Lake Aloha Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould added Hikes

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Horsetail Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould completed Lake Margaret Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould reviewed Lake Margaret Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Great beginner backpacking trip for my 9-year-old son. Trail was not too difficult to follow, although we had some difficulties crossing the streams with our packs on. We ended up taking off our boots and wading across at the first stream, as trying to balance on a log 10 feet above the shallow water felt a little dangerous with packs on. I loved that the trail had a little bit of everything, and the lake was beautiful and not super cold. Lots of swimming, rocks to climb, and fallen logs to walk across to keep you busy once you get to the lake. We didn't have too many issues with bugs, although we did carry and use bug spray; I have been to places with WAY more mosquitos and ants. All in all this is a great little day hike or overnight trip.

    Victoria Gould saved Euchre Bar Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Beyers Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Loch Leven Lakes Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Lola Montez Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Palisade Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould reviewed Paradise Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    This was a nice little overnight trip, not too many people camping at the lake. The portion of the PCT is beautiful, and the hiking is moderate except for the initial ascent and the switchbacks leading down to the turnoff to the lake.

    I parked at the end of the road on the opposite side of the freeway from Boreal and hiked up the jeep trail to where it intersects with the PCT at Castle Pass. The jeep trail is obvious and easy to follow and there is good signage at Castle Pass for the PCT. There is also a sign at the trail that splits off to Paradise Lake. Approaching the lake, the trail becomes hard to follow over the granite slabs, so look for cairns leading the way, or just keep working your way east and you will run into the lake. There are several good campsites along the bank of the lake on the west and southwest sides, and also an island you can wade over to and camp on as well.

    Beware the mosquitos! Bring plenty of bug spray -- I have never seen so many mosquitos, especially when the sun went down and early in the morning. There were thousands of dragon flies, which won't bother you and were kind of cool to watch as they moved in waves and congregated over the water. I dropped a line several places in the lake in an attempt to fish, but met with negative results. The lake water was very clear and I saw no fish.

    This is a great hike for dogs if they are in reasonable shape. It was a little too much for my bulldogs, but bulldogs are not known for their athletic abilities. We made the trek in about four hours, which includes a few breaks. There was plenty of water in the form of creeks and streams along the way, but it was pretty strenuous for them. The jeep trail is VERY rocky and was rough on their paws, and sections of the trail that were steep or exposed tended to burn them out quickly.

    I carried a 40-pound pack that included 2 liters of water. It was only slightly more water than I needed to do the hike (one way) in four hours and stay very hydrated. I will pick a shorter hike for my dogs in the future, but I would do this hike again without them. The lake was beautiful, if a little cold, but a lovely destination after a long hike.

    Victoria Gould completed Paradise Lake Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Lake Margaret Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Old Briones Road Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Old Briones Road Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Victoria Gould saved Franklin Ridge Trail

    over 2 years ago