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    Yuanhang Zhao completed Stewart Falls Trail

    3 days ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

    about 1 month ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Cassidy Arch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Ensign Peak Trail and Overlook

    about 1 month ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Mount Olympus Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Yuanhang Zhao reviewed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    3 months ago

    Easy hike. Google Maps also has a marker for where the trailhead actually begins; we missed the real trailhead the first time we trekked the falls and ended up scrambling up the slickrock at the base of the falls, which I wouldn't personally recommend because there aren't many stable footholds. The actual trail is well-maintained and mostly a steady incline to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

    Yuanhang Zhao reviewed Grotto Falls Trail

    3 months ago

    Gates are still closed, but most hikers park at the Red Lake trailhead and work their way up. Trail can get muddy and slick with melting snow the closer you get to the falls, but isn't difficult to navigate. Bridge at the very end right before the grotto is no longer there — we had to get our feet wet to actually explore the cove. Google Maps has a good GPS marker for the trailhead if you're worried about getting lost on the way there.

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Grotto Falls Trail

    3 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Bridal Veil Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Capitol Gorge Trail

    4 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Hickman Bridge Trail

    4 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao reviewed Naturalist Basin Trail

    11 months ago

    After a solid two-day backpacking trip as a complete novice in the field, Highline was a good start as we covered over 16 miles and passed 9 lakes looping back from the Naturalist Basin area. Trail is relatively well-maintained with muddy and marshy patches - ideal to bring waterproof or water-resistant shoes to bypass those.

    Lakes spotted listed from start to finish:
    Scudder: out of the way and you can see it from the trail but make a roundabout detour to get there, generic campsite

    Gatman: viewable from trail but would have to take another detour to get there

    Jordan: first big lake accessible a stone's throw away from the Naturalist Basin trail; trail follows all along the lakeshore before gaining elevation again at 10660' zone. Generic campsite/fishing area. Trail is poorly maintained when going up the face of the mountainside with loose dirt and a very steep incline; smaller waterfalls are visible from this zone

    Shaler: quiet and more isolated than Jordan Lake, expansive and hosts some campgrounds that are more enclosed by small trees and outcroppings; terrain surrounding it is extremely flat

    Faxon Lake: freezing, interesting islands and rock formations, hosts many water boatmen, mosquito larvae and brine shrimp; shallow! It's possible to walk across the lake from one side to the other in sandals but most of the lake bottom is silt that is easily kicked up and acts like quicksand - not recommended

    LeConte: trek to LeConte is similar to the rest of the trail, again expansive and features smaller lakes and creeks nearby

    Walcott: nothing special. There is a rockslide between LeConte and Walcott so some bouldering is necessary, especially with the positioning of how the rocks fell

    Blue: remote campgrounds, water gets deep quickly and there are a number of short cliffside dropoffs along the edge. Two ponds near the northernmost tip of the lake are cool features worth checking out with glacier-like remnants of snowbanks and rocks. Trail overlooks Morat Lakes headed south and is splendid in the morning

    Morat Lakes: initial descent is loose shale and crumbled path, had to head down sideways to maintain balance without falling down the entire slope; natural waterfall from Blue Lake visible from the descent (10'> away from path) and final portion passing Morat Lakes is marshy, muddy, easy to trip and fall but shady and well-marked

    Yuanhang Zhao reviewed Jordan Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    A long stretch of Highline and very spacious along the sides of the lake but crowded with a decent handful of campers. We filtered water and took a rest stop here and as expected, there were tons of mosquitoes and other neat airborne bugs hovering around our faces most of the time. Bring OFF and anti-itch cream if you're sensitive about this kind of stuff.

    Yuanhang Zhao reviewed Lake Blanche Trail

    11 months ago

    Incredible views and really fresh up here. The trail is well-maintained with little to no loose rock for most of the way, but I made a rookie mistake at one point and backtracked at the rockslide about 1.5 mi from the summit of the trail because I didn't realize it looped back around before continuing upwards. The rockslide is probably the only area you'll need to do some bouldering.

    We departed from the base of the Mill B Trailhead at around 4:00am and reached the peak at approximately 6:20 - 6:40am with little to no issues. It was extremely dark and windy at that departure time so we brought bright LED headlamps, which were used at least 3/4 of the way up because there is no visibility without some kind of headlamp or flashlight until first light past 5:20am at the earliest. I brought about 24 oz. of water along with a spare pouch and finished it all off, so it's strongly recommended you bring even more than that if you plan on hiking it in the morning past sunrise because it will be hot and you will get dehydrated without enough H2O to keep you going.

    Be warned that while the trail is well-maintained and relatively easy to navigate, it is relentlessly steep and the switchbacks are still going to be uphill. It gets crowded on your way down if you decide to go earlier in the morning. The payoff is breathtaking both ways looking at the lake and down into the Salt Lake valley and I hope to do it again soon!

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Jordan Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Naturalist Basin Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Cape Flattery Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Chuckanut Mountain

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao added Challenge Trails

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Burro Wash Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Golden Throne Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao completed Highline Trail

    11 months ago

    Yuanhang Zhao saved Highline Trail

    11 months ago