hiking
2 days ago

Easy trail with great views. Go early to beat the heat. Not many day hikers, but there were a few backpackers. There are bugs around the lake, good to carry some bug spray.

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
8 days ago

This hike is brutal but up there with one of the best I’ve done. It’s granite under foot after you leave the trail so it’s very unforgiving. We hiked from Relief Reservoir up to Granite Dome thinking it would be hard but never expected it to be as grueling as it was. We clocked 20miles, 40K steps and got back after dark. Here’s some tips that I strongly recommend: 1. Cross the creek earlier than shown, at about the 6.2mi. mark. You’ll save a heap of time cutting this corner. If you draw a line from that to the 7.4mi mark, that’s a killer heading; 2. Download the satellite image layer and follow a course through as many trees and green areas as possible. By the time you’ve finished the ascent, your feet will already be killing you and getting down is even harder; 3. After Ridge Lake things get super treacherous. This is not for the faint hearted. At the 8.8mi mark, you will see that there is a boulder field above the trail. Keep below this. If you get your line right, you will only have a short boulder scramble but be very careful in this section because it’s slippery and dangerous. I strongly recommend studying the satellite image for this section; 4. If we weren’t so short of time, I would have loved to loop around Iceland Lake on the way down. There also some nice greenery directly between it and the saddleback that you’d pass back through as well if you went that route (I’ll upload a screenshot with some markups to photos). Have fun out there and stay safe!

hiking
8 days ago

Hike went over a lot of varied terrain and was quite beautiful. Not too many day hikers - a few backpackers, but plenty of space to hang out at Chewing Gum lake. No snow on the trail, but a bit boggy in the meadows near the end. A few mosquitos, but the wind kept them away. Do not use the dodge ridge road Forrest trail access as it is closed. Take Crabtree Rd and it’s actually well marked.

hiking
bugs
8 days ago

One of our favorite hikes. Beautiful views. Only reasons for not giving 5 stars was aggressive mosquitos and lots of people. June 29, no snow on the roads or trail.

Lots of mosquitos

a beautiful hike be sure you take Crabtree road all the way up to the trailhead. it was a nice small lake before you go up the second Hill. nice little lake to check out before going up and over one more time to chewing gum. don't forget bug spray before and once you get to the lake.

hiking
bugs
snow
14 days ago

The trail is in good condition and the snow has melted. However, the mosquitoes are really bad! if you stop moving they will eat you a live. I did an overnight and after I set up my tent I did not go out June 19, 2020

This is an awesome hike with spectacular views. There were patches of snow in spots and wet marshy spots-waterproof boots a must. I would call this hike more than moderate due to distance and elevation being 9000 feet. It is also closer to 10 miles. Worth every step!

hiking
rocky
snow
23 days ago

We went on June 14,2020. We had to start off at the Crabtree Rd trail head as the trail head the website takes you to was closed with a gate. If your not use to altitude, your heart will be pumping on some of the climbs. However, the views from the top are breathtaking.Some of the trail had some snow still but you can see where people from past hikes went through it. The lake is picture perfect. There weren't many people on the trail. Maybe 4others. We clocked 6.5miles from the Crabtree Rd trail head. It's definitely worth the hike if you can make it.

icy
muddy
snow
30 days ago

There is a good portion of the trail that is covered in snow. when we got there on the the 5th of June the lake still had a fare about of ice on it. The trail is fairly easy to find if you follow the tracks thru the snow.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

The trail this time of year is doable and open. We drove out Friday night, camped at the trailhead, and started on the trail at 8 am Saturday morning. We took the north trail out and made it to Jewelry Lake to camp Saturday night. There are several areas where the trail is rocky and easy to lose, just keep an eye on your map. I downloaded an offline map from maps.me that I preferred to using the AllTrails map. On Sunday, we hiked to Lower Buck Lake and camped. The crossing at the “dam” was a bit high, but you could still wade across. There was also a cold snap that weekend, so nighttime temperatures were freezing, bring layers. There were mosquitos too, but not so many above 8k ft yet. On Monday, we hiked out the entire 12 miles back to the trailhead. This was very strenuous and was made way slower by all the snow on the south trail. Also, the crossing at Wood Lake was too deep, so we had to hike an extra mile to get around. It would have been nice to stay one more night or go on a weekend where it wasn’t freezing. Overall, stunning scenery. I liked that we got to see so many lakes, 10 or so. There are trout at Jewelry Lake, Deer Lake, and the Buck Lakes, however, they are difficult to catch, easily spooked with a light bite. I’d much rather hike down the south trail than up it, so I’d do the route clockwise if I went again. Happy Hiking!

Road is closed about 3 miles down from the trail. You can’t hike the trail because of snow anyway and it feels like you need about 2-3 weeks for snow to melt down.

The initial hike out of Kennedy Meadows is notoriously hot, dusty, and covered in horse poo. It gets better the deeper you go.

As of May 3rd forest Rd 4N34 is still closed.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

It is a tough 2 day hike, especially in winter when the day ends at 5pm. And you really need the map for the off-trail section if you don’t want to add too much steep sections. We camped at Ridge Lake, and the view was awesome.

Nice hike this time of year. Very beautiful. Trail is a bit rocky

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