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hiking
23 hours ago

We just hiked to Second Lake (mid January ‘18) and are amazed at how gradual the trail is - probably because it’s graded for stock. It was a fast hike of only 10 miles round trip, but the views are staggering, especially in winter. If you hit this trail before the next major snow you only need micro spikes after the Ranger Station.

This place is breathtaking. Seems almost unreal. I will come back again and again - hiked in October of ‘17

fishing
7 days ago

Hiked this trail early October. Tough fishing at Duck Lake but awesome scenery.

Worth the hard climb. Hiked this trail during the summer, bring a lot of water!!!!!!! So beautiful but I was sore for two days

beautiful in the spring

hiking
12 days ago

I’m giving it three stars because the views of Split Mountain are gorgeous. But otherwise it’s a fairly oppressive hike to get to and to complete. For starters, the trailhead almost necessitates 4wd/awd + high clearance + off-roading tires (probably the most important being good tires, because even if you can clear the rocks and get through the loose sand, you’re still going to be driving over a lot of sharp rock). If you can drive to the trailhead, then you’ll need to add about 8 miles on around-trip. In general, the trail is not well maintained, very overgrown in sections and extremely loose in others. Because of this, people have tried to create their own paths, making it almost impossible to follow the mail trail the whole way. There are equally difficult, but more enjoyable hikes, in the eastern Sierras, so I don’t think this is a particularly “good” hike. Basically, I recommend doing other hikes unless you’re after CA’s 14ers.

Beautiful hike in winter conditions (Jan 1-2 2018)
50% snow and ice currently to 7300 ft. Trail is showing wear and needs a little love but is still easy to follow. Variety of water crossings from solid ice, logs and requiring boot removal and getting wet. Campsite near the springs is comfy with easy water access and a built up fire ring.

Beautiful hike! Easy terrain in a breath taking location . Great place to take the family and spend a bit of quality time.

Hiked this trail 4 days ago - absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is frozen over, the area made a gorgeous campsite. There is a lot of snow up at that elevation, and several patches of ice on the trail leading up.

Spent a rest day here. Beautiful area and great fishing.

Truly a "gem" of a hike - the views are spectacular! Starting at 10K, but not a lot of elevation gain in the hike. Did this over the summer, but created my account in January, so we did NOT go in the winter!

hiking
21 days ago

The strenuous hike up to Fern Lake is very rewarding. Fern Lake is extremely beautiful all year round, with beautiful mountains surrounding the lake and several great beach spots to relax and have a snack/meal. The trail is a constant incline until you get to the Yost-Fern fork, after that it is extremely steep. Trekking poles and good boots are highly recommended. Dogs are great for this trail if they are trail trained.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, not too steep but not flat. At the end you will find a beautiful frozen lake. Best part is there is very light traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike! and great views of June lake area. I will have to come back when the lakes not frozen.

Great hike! The road to the trailhead is closed due to snow 1.3 miles short of the trailhead. Luckily others had hiked before us so the snow was slightly packed out. When my gps said we were .8 away from gem lake the footprints stopped. The snow was now too deep, in my opinion, to posthole for another mile and it was getting late so we turned around. Still a beautiful hike!

We went today 12.09.2017, the trail was covered with snow and the lakes were frozen. The trail was nice, it gives you great views and the silence around was amazing.

I am an old man now and have not done this in a long time, longer than I care to admit. Fees, permits, reservations were not required, you need to check into that these days.
Went up and down it numerous times in one day in my 20's I still could

backpacking
1 month ago

Only 15 permits available at a time so the trek is pretty secluded. Wraps around 7 beautiful alpine lakes. Quite a bit of uphill in the beginning (roughly 6 Miles) and totally worth it! Spectacular views!

backpacking
1 month ago

I’ve backpacked Thousand island lakes so many times it never gets old. The views and hike in and out are amazing.

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