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Great day hike. Lake was pretty low.

backpacking
2 months ago

The smoke Aug 5-7 was quite heavy, which limited our ability to enjoy the lake. Smoke prevented seeing far and we could feel it in our lungs. With a clear sky we would have had a wonderful experience.

Nice camping spots, and the island at the middle of the lake would have been a great swimming goal.

hiking
2 months ago

August 4, very smoky, mid 70s most of wildflowers done, not many bugs. .5 mile road to trailhead is 4WD. Solid hike, would be good for trail running if air quality was better. Nice island ~30 ft from edge of lake. Trail is very rocky, hard on the ankles. Lots of fallen trees on the trail.

backpacking
3 months ago

This hike was gorgeous. I will say if you plan on just hiking to Disaster Creek and then heading back, then this if a relatively easier hike. However, you will need to be prepared with sunscreen and plenty of bug spray.

If you plan on doing the entire loop, this is not advised for beginning hikers or backpackers as this does require some off trail and very good preparation. Do not bring anything you absolutely do not need. This hike is totally worth it and I would recommend doing it over a 3 day period so you are not pushing yourself too hard any one day. This is important to consider as the altitude gets to you very quickly.

Quick tips:
1. Bring shoes you don't mind getting muddy
2. Bring strong bug spray
3. Start at disaster creek and end at Boulder Lake
4. Pack smart

Have fun!

3 months ago

Went here a lot in my teens, it was always a very easy hike! I was a leader in training @ Camp Jack Hazard, we got to explore many of these lakes near Dardanelle. I'm excited being back after many years away & can bring my own kid now!

backpacking
3 months ago

This is rated as extremely difficult, and let me tell you- they ain’t lying. This is basically a challenge of man vs God. The majority of the loop is an uphill leg rape and the downhill part offers so little shade even my Mexican friend turned red. However, the trip was good, mostly cause of the company I was around. We met some PCT hikers which was-interesting- to say the least. There’s a beautiful lake next to the most perfect shaded camping spot around the 12 mile mark next to a gorgeous open green field that b**** a** Jerm didn’t want us to camp at. There are also some other nice spots to stop and pitch a tent at, if you know what I mean. Bring plenty of water or make sure the guy with the purifying pump doesn’t have bionic legs and treating this hike like a race to find the cure for cancer. Overall, between the blisters on my feet, the constant leg cramps and the overall feeling of misery- I had enough of this trail by the time I made it back to the truck. Would recommend you do this ONCE and pick bowling as your next outing.

Great hike, look for rock formations if you’re questioning the route.

hiking
3 months ago

I tried hiking this trail yesterday, however, the dirt road leading to this trail was closed. I ended up hiking the dirt road, which consisted of a steady incline, nothing unbearable. You cross several camping areas and streams. The mountain which is either the Dardanelles or adjacent to was burned and there are a lot of dead trees which I assume is why the dirt road was closed. I’m hoping the road opens sometime soon because I’d really like to hike it.

hiking
4 months ago

Us and our 2 teens walked in easily finding the trails to the gorgeous lake in 2 hours. I back packed here 20 years ago several times and it was amazing on the east/south shore. Beware of losing the trail as you cross streams and never go on a holiday; 20+ years ago on a Memorial Day or 4th of July weekend we found 30+ campers all around the lake blasting stereos and almost no room !!!!!

backpacking
4 months ago

I chose to do an overnighter parking at Snodgrass trailhead and making my way to soda cone. There was a very deep river/creek crossing 1/4 of the way out. Didn’t get to soda cone as there was another water crossing that just seemed sketchy. I then backtracked and followed the silver creek river crossing all the way to the packsaddle. Another river crossing only thigh deep. The trail around the poison flat was very hard to follow and also marshy. If I hadn’t had the Carson iceberg wilderness map along with my phone, using gaia gps app I might not have been able to find my way. The landscape changes from deep forest to aspen to marshy wetlands and even large rock formations. It’s absolutely stunning. Did not see a single person the entire time.

Mostly down hill on the way in. Would recommend staying the night and exploring the East Fork Carson down past soda cone.

on Sword Lake Trail

backpacking
Monday, September 18, 2017

We hiked this trail last year around July (2016) and it was stunning! The trek in is very easy all downhill which does make the trek out somewhat laborious but doable! the actual lake is VERY beautiful with some good jumping rocks! it didn't feel to crowded at all but we got there Thursday and stayed until Sunday and ended up on the backside of the lake to right. We also hiked over to the reservoir which is worth the hike (its very eerie) I would take our oldest child (13) on this hike but probably not the younger ones (12 & 5) just because the hike out would be super hard for them.

The trail from Highland Lakes to Asa Lake is poorly marked. We missed the Asa Lake turn off. FYI it's about 75 yards past the "Entering Wilderness" sign. At this point the trail starts downhill and the split is hardly noticeable because the left fork (the one you want to take to Asa Lake) looks more like drainage or creek bed, so it's very easy to assume the trail you've been on just continue on to the right. Take the drainage one that veers off to the left.
On Laborday weekend the Highland Lakes campground was completely full.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Nice hike.... tough uphill once you start heading up to the lake. We went Labor Day and it was stupid crowded! Kids screaming, girls yelling, drones flying..... anything but peaceful. Caught some fish and fried up some dove breasts my brother brought....

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Go light there are lots of rocky areas and climbs my gaia gps tracked us at more like 4.3 mi id say its not a beginner trail its probably the hardest trail ive backpacked then a day hike to the surrounding peak was awesome
My buddy caught 2 fish and put them back. The water was refreshing after the days hike. Late august the trail is hard to follow with out the homemade markers it would have taken alot longer

backpacking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Late July 2017, parked at Mosquito Lake and backpacked to Heiser Lake with a group of nine people. The trail was hard to find at first, and is easy to lose at some points along the way. There were many felled trees blocking the trail, but on our hike back we saw rangers clearing them. We stayed a couple nights at Heiser Lake. Great for swimming, and plenty of interesting areas to explore around the lake.

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great for the lake and proximity. But in July 2017, the snow and snow melt made it very difficult to find the trail very often. Probably the worst trail conditions for a July-August trip I've been on due to the snowy conditions and the number of trail creek crossings.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The hike is beautiful! Did it with two 11 yr old boys quite easily. The lake has a 30' high jump off spot. The hike goes through a meadow, past creeks, tons of wildflower s and is partially shaded. The drive in to the trailhead is five miles of a rocky, uneven dirt road, parts are really bad.

backpacking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

beautiful wildflowers and views. we kept going to the reservoir and Hiram Meadows

backpacking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Very well marked trail. The lake is beautiful and had I not had a heavy pack, I'm sure I would have enjoyed the hike much more. As a day hike I would agree this to be a moderate hike. Backpacking I would say more moderate to hard. Be prepared for massive ants and relentless mosquitoes. Without repellant, even walking on the trail you will be miserable.

The views are spectacular - but lots of campsites are off limits for reclamation efforts so get there early in the week or start at the crack of dawn to secure a spot as we had a hard time finding a place to setup for the night. A little too crowded for my taste.

hiking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I'd say this is definitely not a beginner trail. Lots of rock scrambles and a trail that is not so well marked in places. However, the payoff at the end is worth the effort.

backpacking
Monday, July 18, 2016

With a weekend supply backpack this can be a challenging trail (especially the last third) if you are in less then fair/good health. We hiked it June 2016 and there were a lot of down trees, sketchy creek crossing and though there are trail blazes we found at times that we had to rely on stacked rocks from past hikers to help guide the way. We stayed 2 nights and it was absolutely beautiful there. We would absolutely go back again but the lack of fish made for a not so exciting weekend. We seriously saw no activity on the surface of the water or under or any signs of life other than frogs at night. Plan on instead of fishing to hike to the falls (May-June) that are visible from the lake.

hiking
Monday, October 27, 2014

I visited bull run lake in October. It was an easy hike and great for beginners. Only 3.5 miles in but you feel like you are much deeper into the back country. Very pretty. And fishing was ok, despite what other reviews might say. We had some success.

hiking
Saturday, June 21, 2014

Took the Bull Run Lake trail from the Mosquito Lake Trailhead. Lovely trail with moderate hills and a nice variety of terrain. Several downed trees block the trail, but trail markers have been built to show you the detour. Beautiful lake, really interesting deposit of sand at west end of lake.

hiking
Wednesday, August 07, 2013

A perfect hike with a respectable elevation gain that's broken up in three parts. I went on a Sunday and started out around 11AM. The trail was properly populated for my taste (not at all crowded but still occupied; running into other hikers every so often). Being late in the summer and having come off an atrocious snow year the river and streams were essentially dry save for a few ponds. There were a good amount of wild flowers in bloom however. Bull Run itself was beautiful and all in all it was a perfect day for the hike. I definitely plan to backpack in and camp at the lake sometime in the future.

hiking
Saturday, June 15, 2013

This is one of our favorite hikes. We did the hike with our 1 year old in the backpack and 3 dogs in June on a Tuesday. Absolutely gorgeous! The creeks were all flowing pretty good so we were glad we were both wearing waterproof boots. The Mosquito were viscous! Trail was well marked for the most part, and absolutely gorgeous! It's was well worth packing the nice camera. I would rate this as a moderate hike. We drove off of hwy 4 and stayed on the 4wd trail till it ended at the Stanislaus meadow trailhead. That probably cut 30-40 minutes off of our hike but we were glad at the end. We spent about 4.5 hours doing the hike, stopping for a short lunch at Bullrun lake and several photos. It was a bit cool at the lake around 4 pm. We had to pull out our jackets to stay comfortable while we explored the lake. We met one other couple on the trail that day but that was it.

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2012

I did this hike as part of a loop which started at Mosquito Lakes, went up the Heiser Lake trail, down the Bull Run Lake trail and then part of the Sandy Meadow trail.
From Heiser I went off trail to reach Bull Run and while it was rugged going, the views were amazing.

Bull Run is a very pretty and swimmable lake. While there I saw/heard several big fish jump. Why don't I have my fishing permit yet?

Nice hike.

Ten or eleven miles the way I did it.

Also, I camped at the Mosquito lakes campground, which I discovered is free after 9/23 as are the others in the area, but with no bathrooms etc...

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