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hiking
8 days ago

A nice hike following the west Walker river for a mile or so. Anglers can find access to the river along this stretch. You can also escape the large number of anglers who fish at the campground by the trailhead especially if you fly fish. We went to Roosevelt lake which is scenic then the rest of the loop. Secret lake is pretty and worth the hike. I would call this hike more moderate than easy because there are several steep grades and the trail has a lot of loose rocks at several points. Unfortunately the forest fires to the west sent smoke and ash which got worse throughout the day. Hopefully you will be able to avoid this.

hiking
22 days ago

Did this a week ago and the use trail is hard to find past noble lake as it splits from the pct in the meadow south of the lake and is hardly travelled. Even after that it is easy to loose the entire way up and quiet steep up to the initial ridge. Proper scramble once past the first false summit. No water after noble lake.

A great hike through some wonderful scenery. Typically one could do it as a there and back, but we chose to make our way around the shore to the dam at the east end of upper Kinney, overlooking lower Kinney Lake. After a swim and lunch we picked up the jeep track near the south-east point of Upper Kinney. This took us back to Kinney Reservoir and highway 4. Then it is about 30mins back to the PCT car park. See route recording photo #43.

A lot of elevation gain, up and down. Very remote. Only saw 20 people for first 21.5 miles. 40 people from Frogs Lake to Carson Pass.

Great hike. You can camp at the hotsprings and hike from there. Hard rating is appropriate. Total for my recording was 16.4 miles, 3700 ft elevation gain (we opted to not scramble to the cell phone tower). Took us 9 hours with probably 90 minutes of breaks. Footing is good throughout, a bit sandy at times, bushwhacky at other times. Looked like the parks were working at clearing the trail. After the lake the hike is on OHV roads. Great views the whole time, very diverse wildlife, forests and meadows. Also if you are looking for solitude, this hike has it. We saw two hikers the whole day. The lake is accessible by road so there were some people there but that was it.

scenic driving
1 month ago

We took Monitor Pass from South Lake Tahoe toward Lee Vining. Scenery is wide open at the top with meadows and views of the Sierras in the distance. Then the scenery changes and you see wide sweeping views of the valley from high above Topaz Lake. Finally you cut through the rocky ridge at the bottom to bring you out to I-395. Nice views and several opportunities to stop. They just repaved sections of the road in June/July 2018 so smooth blacktop. Enjoy the ride!

on Highland Peak Via PCT

1 month ago

It was a awesome hike and very gorgeous country. My only problem was the 5.9 miles one way called out on this app does not match the 10.5 miles one way I got with both my phones. I was a plus or minus 4.5 miles isn’t Vado guess

There is not a trail to go up the peak or we just couldn’t find it so we turned around at noble lake. Otherwise it was a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers, streams and small falls. On a Saturday it was very busy with backpackers and PCT hikers.

1 month ago

Loved this hike yesterday. Except for the initial climb from Hwy 4, this is a fairly tame trail with not too much up and down. It is a beautiful trail with a number of little ponds along the way. Took us about an hour to reach the lake and then we hiked half way around and had lunch. There were a number of primitive camping sites around the lake evidencing that this is a popular spot for some short overnight hiking. Trail was littered with a myriad of wildflowers. There was even still some small patches of snow along the trail (at the end of June). The description says it is about a 4 mile hike round trip but with the trip around the lake my Apple Watch told me we hiked 6.5 miles in total, that includes the 1/4 mike to and from the PCT trailhead parking lot. Highly recommend this beautiful hike for a quick day or overnight hike.

off road driving
2 months ago

This trail has a little bit of everything, from rocky steep inclines to flat lands. Pack water because there is no shade! I didn’t find all the caves and mines as seen in some of the pictures, but still a good day. We ended at 9,000 feet

Easy to get to. Great views and love the smell of the forest.

Gorgeous hike with the trail all to ourselves- didn’t see a soul beyond the errant ground squirrel or jay. The elevation gain is a not for the faint of heart, and the trail gets slightly overgrown in some areas. Like others have said, it’s not 8 miles, it’s more around 10-10.5. The views and lake are fantastic.

hiking
3 months ago

The road into Dog Valley really doesn't have the breath taking views. It does have a sign at the beginning that tells of the costs associated with one of the forest fires. It is somewhat interesting. I chose to make a loop out of this trail that did end up with a bunch of great views of Truckee and Reno. Had a great time until my GPS locked up. Even then really enjoyed the flowers. The trail at the bottom of the loop disappeared and I ended up heading off cross country for about 200 yards. Had a great time, despite the weather!

The main trail was a pretty easy dirt road but we found some more difficult and super amazing trails that branched off. Main road is super easy for beginners but if you explore some of the unmapped areas you can find difficult routes and amazing spots.

hiking
4 months ago

This is actually a dirt/gravel road open to vehicles, not a hiking trail. Still, Henness Pass (the turnaround spot) has some beautiful views over the valley below. There are also plenty of side roads (some open to vehicles, some not) if you want to do more exploration

Was recommended by someone to go here for snowshoeing we couldn’t find the trail due to all the snow.

hiking
7 months ago

(Verdi to Summit 1) is a great "I have to get out of here" drive to forest and mountains. Good mountain biking in Dog Valley. Once to Summit one its plenty to hike, ride and enjoy. Road can be treacherous and blow outs are common. Go prepared. The mud hole at the parking area had pallets burned over it so it has nails and staples in the mud.

off road driving
7 months ago

I've been driving up here for years. Don't forget to climb up to the cemetery. After you pass the "hotel" that us half buried you come to a small "barn." Look up the hill to the south. It's a 4Lo kind of climb but well worth it.

Difficult long hike, very steep.
Gorgeous view and nature. It worths the climb.
Easy to follow the trail and the hot springs award after the hike is awesome

scenic driving
10 months ago

Top 3 scenic Sierra Nevada rides whether cycling,driving or hiking. Endless area to explore and some of the finest fall color.

Mileage alert! It's actually 10.5 to 11 miles round trip, according to park rangers and signage, not 8.

Anyway. Great hike! The lake is more of a large pond, but the views on the way up are wonderful! And the last mile or so is a very pleasant flat meander through the upper meadows and forest. Do it for the hike up, not for the lake itself.

Did this one with the whole family 7,13,15 year olds and a pup... a bit much for the newbie to hiking but well worth it for those that hike regularly. Spectacular views... and a nice lake at the top.

hiking
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hiked this trail twice. Worth the effort for the views. Good variety of scenery. Should be in shape for this one.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Trail access is via Burnside Lake Road (All-wheel drive and/or good clearance recommended). There is a turnaround on the left and the trail goes up past the sign that says "dead end". This trail seemed more like a 4 wheel drive road than a trail and we indeed get overtaken by some people in RZRs. It has some really steep spots, not your typical switchbacks found on better hiking trails. Much of the trail is exposed (no shade). Great views from the top, even just at the saddle and due to the tower on the top my daughter had 4 bars on Verizon. On our way back over Carson Pass we pulled out at the top lookout and could see where we had been. On the rating - 5 for views.

mountain biking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Tough climb at times, beautiful lake, fast descent. Few trucks going by, some campers at the lake. Pretty trail to the top with lots of green and several streams.

We hiked this trail 3 years ago. All and all it was a beautiful hike, but you better be in decent shape. Loose footing and a few tight spots from over growth were really the only issues we encountered. We started from the hot springs and made the up hill trek first, which turned out to be a good idea. Most of the elevation change happens in a few miles and this is what made it a challenge for my valley dwelling brothers.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

A deceptively hard hike with big elevation gain, worth it with such a beautiful clear lake at the end.
More small lakes are beyond and the center peak can be seen from 395. Had snow in September, one of my favorite hikes of all time.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Really neat place, it's a little spread out so make sure you continue to the hilltop where you can see the old cemetery and unmarked graves. We found old soda cans and debris left along with tools and such. Worth the effort to get there.
Our side by side broke down and my Kia Sorento was able to drive to the location following quads as my lookout. It took about 30 min to arrive from road so bring snacks and water

scenic driving
Saturday, November 26, 2016

Monitor Pass or highway 89 is one of the finest, most scenic roads especially for motorcycles in the entire state of Ca. You drop three thousand feet or so in just a few miles with a very nice road and a view from the top all the way down to Topaz.... For me the best pass hands down through the Sierras. A truly incredible ride and view!

Ummmm Wow. Loved it. Especially loved that Parking and complete land/Trail Access was included with the price of our Dip in the Hot Spring Tub. Arrive early. Stay Late. Make it a full day trip. Pack a lunch and maybe dinner. I didn't wanna leave.

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