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Ann Leclaire reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

Great one night backpacking. Beautiful scenery and terrain. Mixed elevation. Very high reward at the lake, and plenty of camp spots. If you don't see a trail post roughy 2-2.5 miles in saying "Bull Run Lake", at a trail fork, you are not on the trail. There are rock towers ALL along the trail. They are KEY! Once you reach the lake, you can drop your pack and hike up a stunning .25 mile up a mountain for a stunning view.

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Deana Corsa reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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HikingRocky

All trails app says it’s 7.7 miles. My Garman showed it was 9 miles to the lake. There are several dry creek beds that are crossed. There is a directional post at the sharp right turn to go up to the lake Beautiful lake. Very rocky and trail gets confusing have to watch for rock cairns Took us 5 hours and saw no one on trail up or back Wonder have those creeks are crossed in the spring

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Alex Weinberg reviewed Disaster Creek Loop Trail
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Backpacking

Great loop, great views, plenty of water. The only reason that this isn't 5 stars from me is that the trail leading to the PCT was hard to follow at times, luckily we took our time and didn't get off trail at any point. We did the loop at a two day trip clockwise. Day 1 we went from the trailhead to the PCT just below Boulder Peak. Hard day - more elevation than we realized (our fault). Day 2 was really chill, downhill and then a nice meandering hike through the woods. I'd definitely do this again but probably as just a day hike.

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Phillip Trent III reviewed Disaster Creek Loop Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

The trail was incredibly diverse and beautiful. This is strenuous, and be warned that the recording that this trail was created from is pretty bad. The full loop is about 20 miles. NOT 15mi. We went clockwise, which was a great choice, but we tried to make it to the lake. We only made it the first 7 “all trails miles” and it was really ~10mi. It’s high elevation and a lot of elevation gain for the first 10 miles. The last 10 miles are great! There’s lots of water for the first 5 miles and the last 5 miles. The 10 miles in the middle doesn’t have as much water, so make sure you pack/refill accordingly. You’ll get panoramic views, rock scrambles, a lake, switchbacks, rushing creeks, and gorgeous meadows. Definitely do this backpacking if you have the chance.

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Thank you for the review Phillip! We have modified the route to include your information.

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Joss flanzbaum reviewed Mosquito Lakes to Bull Run Lake
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HikingGreat!Rocky

What a terrific hike! The views along the way are phenomenal and the lake at the end is a true gift. Great place to sit on a sun drenched rock and have a snack or lunch. I would rate this hike more on the strenuous side of "moderate". It was 4 miles almost exactly from the Mosquito lake campground to the Lake - so don't give up! The trail is well marked and the stone pylons along the way are fun to follow. There is a lot of up and down and some of it is quite technical, with many rocky parts. Because of this I would not recommend this hike for children unless they are already experienced hikers. Wear hiking boots, not sneakers for this one! Also, bring plenty of water, or filter bottles to refill at the lake, I would do this hike again and will be looking forward to showing it off to our friends!

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Jeremy Marley reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!No shade

Lovely basic Sierra hike. Don't take basic to mean boring, basic in that this is a simple, easy to follow hike with views, wildflowers, forests, drainages, boulder outcroppings, wetlands, and a warm lake at the end. So easy, I've even done it at night. It's a prime example of Sierra Nevada granite boulder and glacial moraine scenery, typical of 6500-7500 feet, but without the crowds of Yosemite or Tahoe, and the flooded Spicer Meadow canyon rivals both. To beat the heat and the crowds others mention, go in the fall. It's a perfect last camp of the season. Mid 60/70's during the day, high 30's/low 40's at night. I was there all weekend, saw only 2 other groups camping and a group of hunters walk through. This has always been my 'go to' getaway that doesn't involve an overstrenous or long backpack, (meaning I can take real food and beer, the rough part is hiking out anyway). As others have mentioned, 80% of the trail is burned out due to Donnell fire, however much of the old growth surrounding the lake remains strong. Walk around the lakes west side to north of the lake, you will find "Yoga Rock" A giant "erratic" boulder set atop a gigantic granite upcropping. It stands out on the horizon as the highest point between the lake and the reservoir, gets sun first thing (the lake is shaded and quite cold all morning) has amazing views of the lake, the higher sierras and the Dardanelles and is great for, well, yoga. Another tip, plenty of campsites around Lost Lake slightly west of Sword Lake and on the all the rocky upcroppings between the lakes and river/reservoir. Drop your pack and explore a little before picking a site. Just as amazing, and you will have way more privacy.

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Glenn Gamble reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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HikingNo shade

Unfortunately the trail is mostly burn scared due to fire of two years ago. Thus there is no shade in the middle of the day. On a positive note immediately around Sword and Lost lakes the forest is green and healthy.

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HikingPrivate property
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erin olson reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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erin olson reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Susan Neu reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Hiking

Nice place for a weekend backpack trip.

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Monica Fox reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Casey Barnwell reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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CampingGreat!

This trail is a great trail for beginners or young children we came in on a Sunday and while hiking in we came across quite a few people hiking out so it’s a pretty popular spot if you are looking for a challenge this isn’t where you would find it this trail is way more relaxed and definitely a nice spot if you go during the week to relax and take in the surrounding views

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evelyn loo reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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BackpackingGreat!

At approximately mile 3.1 there is a nondescript turnoff going up a small hillside on the right. This is the start of an easy secondary trail leading to the lake. Very easy to miss. Today we marked it off with a large arrow made from wood scraps and put up rock cairns. If you don't take this secondary trail, but proceed on the main gravel trail, you'll end up in a big rockfall that has obliterated it. The all trails map takes you right into the rockfall. It's difficult to climb over and difficult to pick up the trail again. The secondary trail is the easy way up so I hope others find it.

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Dan f reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Camping

Nice hike with lots of shade. Variety of terrain. In September trail was in good shape. Only a few other people out for a hike

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Monica Fox reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Paula Kelly reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Hiking

Difficult to navigate near the lake

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Jake McAnally reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Karen Kalanetra reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Adam Taylor reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Hiking

Cool trail, everything is burned

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Cassandra Durkee reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Jake McAnally reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Stephen Wiebe reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Jennifer Moss reviewed Sword Lake Trail
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Backpacking

We took our two kids (7 & 9) backpacking for the first time to Sword Lake. It is a beautiful trail with a lot of diversity. You hike through burned areas into forest through meadows of wildflowers and then down to the lake. It was a little tough on the kids toward the end of the hike since we had to hike a ways around the lake to find an open campsite. At night, we had a great view of the stars and could hear bears in the distance. There were quite a few other backpackers at the lake overnight. The kids enjoyed jumping in the lake and we saw some other people jumping off the rocks into the water. The trail is dog friendly so we were able to bring him along too.

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Aurelia Moore reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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Sean Paxton reviewed Bull Run Lake Trail
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CampingGreat!
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