Would have been a better biking trail

hiking
no shade
over grown
1 month ago

Not a fan of this one....exposed, buggy, and if you are scared of heights this might not be for you.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

6/1 - I started at 6:30am and I didn't see a Mt Bike on the whole loop. I guess starting early on a weekday is the way to go! Although I hiked the exact same route as the Map, the Loop totaled 7.9 miles for me. I used RouteScout to track it.

hiking
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

All Trails was an extremely useful tool for this particular trail. At the beginning we went the wrong direction and had to backtrack. This isn't a difficult trail, but what made it difficult was the heat. You are extremely exposed during the burned out areas. It was nice to sit near the lake afterwards to relax and have lunch.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
1 month ago

Good trail especially because it starts and ends around the tank. Pretty, other than the burned-out area on the north side. I would recommend going the opposite direction (south first), especially if biking.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! We took moto all the way out to the Arizona trail and looped back! Barely saw anyone else!

Good thing we had all trails. We would have gotten pretty turned around. Little bear is still pretty burned out. But overall glad we did it. The dogs not so sure...

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Weatherford trail is great until the first saddle (about 7ish miles in) then you’ll have to hike on snow until the next saddle (at least 1 mile). Very slow going and at the very least you need sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles to make it through the large snow field before the next saddle. Instead of taking the Weatherford trail back, since the snow field was sketchy, we hiked down Humphrey’s trail (still snow on this trail that will slow you down) until Snowbowl then took Kachina trail back to the TH for a total of 24 miles. This is an all-day hike considering the current trail conditions, we were hiking by 6 am and got back to the trailhead at 8 pm. Honestly would not recommend it unless you are an experienced hiker and prepared for the trail conditions. Only saw one other group which was great, but there were miles of slogging through snow. Did take my dog and she did great, but consider your dogs’s physical conditioning (not many dogs can do 20+ miles) and abilities carefully because one wrong step will send them sliding hundreds of feet down the ridge.

road biking
blowdown
1 month ago

Nice dog friendly trail! Saw only a set of 4 bikers on a Friday afternoon. Wasn’t anything to write home about but a couple pretty views and a good easy walk for the doggos.

Good hike but to many mountain bikers

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice. Almost completely flat so I would call it easy, not moderate. I went early in the morning and didn’t see another person.

Really beautiful and the trail is very clearly marked. A new favorite

What an amazing trail! We didn’t get to do the entire thing because of the snow but we back packed and camped before Doyle saddle and found the absolute best spot! Also, there are so many other trails around that you can take which makes it more fun!

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

I bet at one time this trail was a lot better for hiking, but the Little Bear segment was pretty barren due to past fires. Once at the top, there really aren’t any views due to forest cover. It was a really nice walk, but there are better places to go. A little more crowded than expected.

hiking
rocky
snow
Fri Jul 05 2019

This trail is a great way to see the Peaks. It’s strenuous in some parts and there’s a lot of scree (gravel like rock.) I took a bad fall coming down last hike, and had to hike out with a bad face injury and a concussion so watch your feet coming down. I recommend camping, but pick a spot before or after the Saddle between Doyle and Fremont Peaks, as you can’t camp between them. I’d also recommend Skipping the Humphreys connection and instead, taking a day or two and hiking down into the Inner Basin (also no camping in the basin), leaving a vehicle or getting picked up at the Lockett Meadow parking area. Or starting at Humphreys to Weatherford down to Schultz Tank is another great trip and can be done in a day as long as you have some daylight, and a vehicle at the end of the trailhead. You may find snow in the Spring. I’ve brought my Yak Trax just in case, in April.

running
Mon Sep 17 2018

Enjoyed a nice run on this trail yesterday morning. Plenty of flat areas to get some running in, but the trail is fairly technical in many sections. Great views of Elden and the Schultz Fire Brun area on the northwest side.

For clarity, this trail also includes Elden Springs trail. We began on Sunset, then took Little Bear to cut through to Elden Springs. A person can also begin on Elden Springs and end on Sunset. Either way. Little Bear trail is only accessed via these other trails. The only reason it's not 5 stars is because finding the Sunset trail from the parking lot is pretty difficult, as there are a handful of "social" trails that go off in different directions. It is beautiful! There are a variety of trees, foliage, burned trees, wildflowers, boulders, mountain views, etc. that make it picturesque. It's a little more sunny on the trail than shady, although you get to enjoy both :) You will encounter mountain bikers, but the trail is still well suited for hikers, and not "rutted" by overuse.

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