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awesome short hike. great for a quick getaway with some friends and a couple of beers (pack in pack out). ☺

Absolutely breathtaking views. Easy to moderate at times, but thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Would recommend you don't pass this one up!

off road driving
2 days ago

An amazing trail with several fun crawling spot and extremely beautiful

This is not a maintained trail. Tried to follow the track and it is overgrown and not really passable. Went back to equestrian camp and took the Bassi Creek loop.

Nice trail. Well marked. Quiet and lots of wildlife. Longer than stated, our gps clocked 10 miles and we only stepped off trail once.

Short, easy hike from road to a fun little swim spot. Was pretty packed on a Monday... probably insane on a weekend day I'd bet. Water shoes not needed, but you wouldn't regret bringing them. Very exposed and the rocks radiate much heat, so bring plenty of water.

nice trail, lots of wild flowers and ferns. Not too many bugs right now but bring bug spray. lots of bugs at the meadows but that's to be as expected. about 2 miles in the trail is a stream and with some downed trees a little hard to follow but it's doable. We also had a bear encounter, two of them ran past us within 20 feet of the trail. But no problems they weren't interested in us, but bring your bear spray.

I enjoyed this hike, but did not do the full loop. I went about 4 miles out, following the ridge above Kirkwood. It's got magnificent views and lots of wildflowers. A note for those who hike with dogs: I went the second week of July and there were no natural water sources for them along that part of the trail. So bring enough water for your dogs. Even though I brought water, my dogs were still hot and tired by the time I got back to the trailhead.

I hiked Thunder Mountain on July 14,2018. I have done many hikes and this hike was one of the prettiest hikes I have done. Due to late snow melting and a mild summer so far, this trail was decorated with hundreds of wildflowers and greenery. It felt magical walking through it.

The total miles to the summit and back is 8 miles. I suggest leave very early as most of the trail is exposed to sun. Also, the actual summit is extremely small (maybe big enough for a handful of people). I started the trail at 7am and I was the only person on the trail. I had the summit to myself for 40 minutes. When I started to head back down, I must have passed 20-25 people coming up. The parking lot was completely full.

The trail has many sections that are flat which allow you to take a break and catch your breath. The inclines can sometimes get to 30-35%, but very doable.

This trail is going on my annual hiking list!

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike! Trail is well marked except at end when you hike up a granite boulder when you near the lake. Go to the left here. Wildflowers were beautiful and lake not too cold to swim in!!!

hiking
5 days ago

This trail was really nice. Easy to follow and most driving on paved road to get there. The water was not flowing like crazy (it's July, so . . .), but there were plenty of pools to splash in and get our feet/legs wet. The only reason I dropped it to 4 stars was that there were a lot of places with broken glass lying around, and I had concerns about our dog. She was fine, but it was not a pleasant part of the trip.

on Lyons Creek Trail

hiking
5 days ago

Very nice hike but definitely moderate not hard. In addition to the lakes the meadows and wild flowers through the first few miles are beautiful. Start early!

This was a fun hike on the way back! We started out early enough to beat the crowds and the heat. Armed with a map we downloaded from AllTrails we headed out around 6:30 am. First issue, absolutely no sign indicating which way to go for Enchanted Pools. We took the trail leading to Twin lakes Island. The trail was pretty good for the 1st 3rd of the hike after which we loss all evidence of a trail. Fortunately we had a map that gave us an idea of which direction to go.
After about 2-1/2hrs we finally made it to the pools. We were there alone and it was amazing! Well worth the struggles to get there. The way back was soooo much easier. It seems as if it took us much less 1/2 time to get back. We found more defined trails- not marked- that made the hike so much easier.
I’ve seen descriptions that talked about looking for Mother Daughter rock.... have no idea what those rocks looks like.
That will probably be a fun hike second time around. Will definitely do it again.
Recommendation for first timers! Download a map that you can reference along the way. Cell service is spotty along the way. You will get service occasionally. Of course, comfortable clothing, shoes, and water and snacks.

I haven't been back here for many years, but it's still the same..and that is a great thing! (Considering how much foot traffic this trail gets)
Nice and easy trail to the Falls.

Great hike from hwy 88 trailhead to top of Thunder mountain summit. Actually 8.5 to top and back. Amazing wild flowers all along trail. Breathtaking views!

absolutely amazing!

trail running
6 days ago

This trail is a great, simple, out and back journey for a jog with a view! It has potential to link up with lots of other connecting trails too.

Couldn’t find the pools but still pretty! The trail to the enchanted pools is not labeled at the trail head for Twin Lakes & Grouse Lake trail.

This was my favorite place to go camping and hiking as a kid. Simply a beautiful place to wander around.

hiking
7 days ago

not sure i liked this hike. loved all the flowers but trail was not described well by all trails. lots of boulders to navigate and granite to maneuver up and down. Lost trail and never made it to the Lake. I hike a lot but not sure this was for me.

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike! Trail is now dry so no more slop (as of July 7). I think it's a very different hike when wet vs. dry - would rate this "moderate" vs "hard" during dry season, although the last half-mile up to Lyons is pretty steep.

Lots of wildflowers and super pretty right now!

8 days ago

love this trail! take a bathing suit

walking
8 days ago

This is a beautiful area for a walk. It’s one of my favorite areas to tent camp and highly recommend it.

The trail is beautiful but poorly marked! I got so off track it ended up being 11 miles. I see many other have complained of the same issue.

Clearly the trail is hard to find. I was off course a few times. Keep the river to your right as you go up and on your left as you come back down.
However, the scenery more than made up for that. The river flowing by on the right as you go up toward the falls was awesome. The sounds of this river flowing is hard to describe. As you get further up you will see the Horsetail Falls flowing from the top and you can hear that as well.

8 days ago

beautiful hike and and great swimming holes. hardly anyone out there on Monday. The waters low but the falls are still flowing and the pools are safe for kids. what a wonderful day!!

Beautiful! Where a good pair of boots

Did this trail with my sister. It was my first time to squaw valley. It’s a very beautiful area. We were the first two to go on the updated trail. It’s a steady incline with a couple of mountain streams next to the trail. I used them dip my hat in and cool off. There are some really great meadows as well, and all the flowers were in bloom. It’s July, so it’s definitely a bit toasty. Make sure to bring a hat and sun block.

hiking
10 days ago

WATCH OUT FOR MOUNTAIN LIONS ON THIS TRAIL. My dog (a German Shepherd) and I were hiking this trail a few days ago and we were stalked and lunged at by a mountain lion. The only reason I’m even alive to leave this review is because my dog attacked the mountain lion as it lunged for me and scared it off. The forestry service is working on finding the lion (they have found numerous signs that it’s been hanging out around that trail), but until then be extremely cautious!

nature at its best!

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