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Richard Chapman
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Hiking

Hiked the trail yesterday and my buddy found a pair of binoculars. If they are yours please identify and there yours

Omer Saar
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Hiking

Enjoyed this trail. It was the perfect trail to take our friend for their first overnight backpacking trip. Relatively easy hike compared to most we do, but challenging enough to feel accomplished. The number of lakes, beautiful views and places to hang, swim, fish and hike are plentiful.

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Sam wise
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Getting ready for Whitney

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Diane Eldridge
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Great hike, we camped in the boulders at lake #3 so cool felt like a marmot! Views of the waterfall and Langley were amazing. Hiked up to #5 on 7/4 free fishing day and our group caught 6 nice Golden trout kept a couple to taste- amazing! Hiked out through #1 and #2 what a beautiful valley, cut over to Muir lake for lunch, another great place. Saw a fox on the long drive down the hill-crossed in front of us and climbed a shear cliff . Season opener for us, I’m ready to go again! Make sure your barbs are pinched!!

Mike Y
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Backpacking

Backpacked 4 nights on Lake 3. The conditions were great, sunny days. Occasional high wind gusts. Quite buggy at dusk and dawn. Fishing was relatively slow. Lake 4 and 5 had quality fish. Fairly easy hike in from the trailhead, minimal elevation gain over 6 miles.

Dan Mackechnie
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BackpackingBugsGreat!Snow

Spectacular loop with tough climb over Old Army Pass. I took three 13 year old girls on this hike and it was more difficult than expected. We knocked off a few miles the first afternoon and camped short of the fork in the trail. The hike to Lake #4 is extraordinary. Old Army Pass was a bear. It was easy to lose the path traversing left at the end of the lake. It's important to keep on it so if you aren't sure, go back and make sure. As stated in recent review, there was still snow at the top as of 7/7 and this made for a dicey traverse. Poles still a necessity and not for faint of heart but hopefully gone in a few days. The descent down New Army was fine after a little scrambling at the top. We stayed below High Lake since everyone was gassed. The six mile walk out the final day was again beautiful! The mosquito situation was manageable. Deet worked perfectly so lather up and they leave you alone. Rewarding and beautiful hike.

Robert Keller
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HikingBlowdown

Great hike warm days chilly nights

Tracy Lynn
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HikingSnow

Gate to trailhead was open this day. Really great trail! Highly recommend. However, going up Old Army Pass was VERY sketchy as the trail was still covered in snow, the reroutes are slippery because it’s melting. I don’t recommend that at this time. An older gentleman at the top (who looked like a well versed hiker) said it should be ok by next week. If there’s snow in the shoot, avoid this area. Otherwise, perfect hike!!! Also, my garmin GPS clocked it at about 17 miles total from the trailhead.

Maite Bradley
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Kayla B
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BackpackingBugs

July 4, 2020. Backpacking recording day 2.

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Kayla B
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BackpackingBugsNo shadeRockySnow

July 3, 2020. Backpacked. Started at Cottonwood Lakes Trailhead, New Army Pass to the summit, then down to Soldier Lake where I camped. July 4th, Siberian Pass to the PCT southbound back to the trailhead. 28.4 miles and 5,640 feet of elevation gain for both days. A tiny bit of snow on top of New Army Pass. I heard Old Army has more snow and rockfall from the recent earthquake. Deep Off Woods kept the mosquitoes at bay.

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Celia H.
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Hiking

Beautiful area! The gate was open this past weekend (7/4). Pretty flat until some vigorous switchbacks, landing you in a pristine paradise of alpine meadows and lakes. We couldn't find where the trail continued in between lakes #4 and #5 (it just looked like a vertical wall of granite with ice), so we did this as an out & back. Would love to return for an overnight stay.

Adela Armstrong-Spielberg
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Hiking

This lake is dope!

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Doug Brantley
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Hiking

Hucklesendy Finn, this trail is a win

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Dayna Mauer
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Hiking

I did the loop clockwise as well. Completed 07/01-07/02 2020. Weather was perfect, in the 60s air was pleasantly cool while hiking. Perfect blue Sierra summer skies. Intermittent patches of sandy soil which may seem to be a slog on the way up Cottonwood Pass. This has to be the easiest pass to cross; it offers a great view of Horseshoe Meadow. Beautiful Foxtail Pines everywhere. The two small lakes on the Nat Geo map on the PCT between Chicken Spring Lake and the Siberian Pass Trail aren’t there- at least the southern one isn’t, which is easily seen from the trail. It is turning into meadow. Looks like there is a creek running through it. Water can be found at a spring on the western ‘bump’ of the jog north around said lake/meadow. Trail is easy until the climb up New Army Pass, which seemed way longer than 2.3 miles. Small patch of hard-packed snow is still there on the Cottonwood side. It is easily navigated around, just requires some care and rock scrambling. Very exposed all the way down until Long Lake. On the Sequoia NP side there is very little cover as well. I started at 6a so also was hiking directly into the rising sun. Luckily I made it into the pass’s shadow so had a reprieve for my eyes for a bit. Thoroughly enjoyable; a lovely walk in some high elevation woods.

Analiese Smith
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Hiking

Did this today, June 28. The gate to the campground remains closed, and it’s about a 1 mile (moderate) walk to the trailhead. Conditions up to the top of Old Army Pass are good with just a couple of small snow sections remaining, and we did not need any gear other than good boots and trekking poles to make it up and over to New Army. May have felt differently about it were we going down. Recent rockfall has obscured some of the trail on Old Army. High wind conditions also made this extra challenging. Other than this, a really nice and challenging day trip!

Staci Garcia
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! The campground is closed so you park and walk from the gate to the trailhead which adds 1.8 miles to your hike. I started at 7:15am and that timing is recommended. Little to no bugs and the trail is in great shape.

Mariana Meirelles
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BackpackingBugsGreat!

Chicken Spring Lake is gorgeous! We made this into an overnight trip which was nice but in the end, there just wasn't that much (nearby) day hiking that we wanted to do the next day so we ended up only spending one night instead of two. The gate that leads to the road where all the campsites are (at the start of the trail) is closed, so that adds on another ~1 mi to get from your car to the trailhead. The bathrooms are locked but we found one that had a broken lock and used that before starting... Weather was nice and warm, but lots of mosquitoes in the evening, especially in the more shaded, meadowy part of the hike up. Definitely bring bug spray. The lake is nice to swim in so if you are doing a day hike or want to pack some extra stuff, bring something to lay by the water - the grass is scratchy and we made it work with our jackets but would be nice to have a blanket or something to lay on. Also, if you are getting an overnight permit through recreation.gov, get it sooner rather than later because we had a lot of trouble trying to reach any of the ranger stations by phone. No one picked up for hours at any of the 5 numbers we called, but online it says that's what you should do as opposed to stop by the station.

Michelle Van Meter
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Hiking

Don’t let the mileage deter you, this is a surprisingly manageable day hike. The trail is fairly level for most of the route and the views are top notch!

chuck & lisa Alessi
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Hiking

This is a must do hike in this area. This hike has it all very easy hiking trail beautiful views beautiful lakes and not too much extreme elevation

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Bradles Finklestien
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Christie Marie
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