Explore the most popular views trails in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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

off road driving
4 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
7 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.

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

hiking
10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

trail running
Friday, July 15, 2016

This is 5.5 miles one way with about 2.5 miles climbing 2,500 feet (11 miles rounds trip according the signage at the hot springs). The Manzanitas near the top are pretty overgrown, some over my head, so the trail needs some work but we didn't see one person on it (besides up at the lake) and it has stunning views. Most of it is very steep so bring plenty of water - we ended up filling up a bottle in the creek up top and thankfully didn't have any GI issues after it.

mountain biking
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

So I'm a bay area mountain bike guy that happens to be spending more time in the Hope Valley area.
I'm not the body armor, full-face-helmet rider I sometimes see up here. I was looking for an entry route to evaluate my ability to ride at higher altitudes this was a first choice. It's a good grind, but not that hard, up to the lake from your starting point at the RT88/89 intersection called Pickett Junction. You'll break a sweat but not kill yourself. Many places along the way to gaze out over Hope Valley and mountains to the west. Burnside Lake is small but beautiful and provides cool snow-fed water to take a swim in before starting your adventure back down hill to your starting point. You can also option to deviate up fire-roads and attempt a climb to higher mountains to the east.

mountain biking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Steady climb for 6 miles on dirt road. The road allows motor vehicles, so we ate dust a couple of times. Lake was pretty, nice picnic, camping or fishing spot. Fairly intense aerobic workout.
We went on the single track trail through the meadow beyond the lake. Super bumpy ride in the meadow!

Supper Dupper Trail ! Moderate Hike and at the base of the parking lot there is a Hot Spring Pool so bring a swimsuit. The hike features waterfall and lake...but i didnt go that far...just yet:(

off road driving
Sunday, January 08, 2012

Great old ghost towin in the trees

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2011

Assuming that this is the trail that begins in the Grover Hot Springs State Park and spirals its way up to Burnside Lake, the trail is well built and not too busy. It is very steep and most people only make it to the falls just outside the campgrounds before meandering back. I was rather disappointed with the hike in terms of final destination. We were new to the area and unaware that the lake is accessible by vehicles.After scrambling our way to the top, we were expecting something of a beautiful lake or a nice viewpoint. Burnside is dusty and crowded with people who accessed the lake from Hope Valle.y. Big let-down. The views are in the ascent so if you Go, make sure that you stop along the way and absorb the scenery instead of rushing to the top. I remember a section of the trail near the top that had a poor creek crossing in early summer, in which I was crossing a wet log and fell in, so be careful in watching for where the correct trail crossing is.

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
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