Beautiful. Keep going back!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
6 months ago

Did this in a day on 11/3/19. 13:40 total time start to finish, partner and I thought about 22 miles, 5600' gain. Fun adventure for those willing to put in a strenuous day and having a light pack made a difference for scramble sections. A good amount of class 3 once off trail, we had one granite slab traverse to 4th class downclimb to avoid a snowfield but that was fun and nothing felt overly technical. Leaving Lamarck Col begins the route finding which we didn't find to be too difficult. A faint trail hugs the northern shore of Darwin Canyon lakes. Turn north before Darwin Bench up a stream and stay hiker's right of the outflow notch. Hug east side of first lake and cut between next lake up to the next bench and lake. Scrambling west side of next lake led to impassable snowfield forcing us to boulder hop and submerge to knees for about 100 ft section in the lake skirting the wall of ice. Snow forced us to do things a low snow year wouldn't which made for slightly slower going but more adventure. Scrambling up to Alpine Col was straight forward and luckily not much snow in the way for down scramble through giant boulders. Once to Goethe Lake it's slow going scrambling for a ways along the east side. Cut between the next lake and stay west side of that one and Muriel. Once around the NW corner of Muriel you'll pick back up the trail thru Piute pass and it's smooth sailing on a mellow path out.

Very well kept trail, easy grade to the pass. No real established trail to peak, soft and shifty soil. Very windy approaching summit, didn’t finish due to high winds.

Hiked to Lamarck col. It is 6.3 miles and 3600 feet of vertical. Lots of very steep parts. Right at the col there was an ice field which I could not climb so I went up on the shoulder. Grueling hike, 7 hours. 4 hours up snow photo is the approach to the col. No way to get there except across the ice.

Did this counter clockwise in 2 days. Be prepared for lots of slow going boulder fields and talus starting at Goethe and over Alpine col and the next lake. Its not easy but u get some of the best scenery in the Sierra

hiking
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
scramble
8 months ago

Similar to many options around there. I'd suggest oing the northern road if you do only this distance - or do the loop

hiking
bridge out
bugs
closed
8 months ago

We actually started this hike from the back country parking lot after hiking Mist Falls in the morning. This added a little over a mile round trip. Overall not a difficult hike, but there are some exposed areas with not much shade. The actual meadow section was closed due to the bridge being out. Semi-buggy, but no where near as bad as Mist Falls. Nice afternoon stroll and waterfall, but overall nothing amazing.

Ok hike, nothing extravagant. The loop was closed off due to damage too.

hiking
bridge out
9 months ago

Pretty easy hike, not much rock in the path for most of the hike. You don’t follow the river for much of it but there are opportunities to get in in slow areas. A couple black bears were seen in the meadow. Only downfall was the bridge was out from high water and half the trail on the other side of the meadow. There was also a lot of tarantula hawks (wasp). They didn’t bother us but it made the hike a little more un-nerving. Just keep an eye out on the shaded areas for small holes where they come out. We ended up just hiking to roads end.

boardwalk is closed. lots of bugs. ended up walking to roads end and back to trailhead for a nice hike

Nice trail A little hot at 4 pm but still very worth it. Many tarantula hawks along the trail, ( I am terrified of them), saw a bear, the waterfall was absolutely amazing, great short hike.

Beautiful. Heading north from the pass, I stayed mainly on the right side of the ridge up until the darker colored rocks. Then I stayed on the left side from there. This is where the scrambling also starts. Had to leave due to storm clouds coming in. Mostly class 3 with slight class 4 towards the end. There is also a false summit and false peak just before the actual peak. Ended up accidentally climbing up the false peak via class 4 scramble on the east side only to realize I wasn't on the actual peak.

hiking
9 months ago

8/3/19 This was my first time in the Eastern Sierras and it was amazing! My girlfriend and I arrived at the Onion Valley Campground the morning before the hike on a Friday. There were many open walk-in camp sites available. The weather was absolutely perfect. And while there were mosquitoes, it wasn’t super bad like many places in the region. We packed up our gear and started hiking around 9 AM. The hike starts out through a very well-groomed trail. The entire hike did not have any obstacles in the way, nor did it have any technical sections. There were some sustained steep sections which will get you a little winded depending on your fitness level, but I wouldn’t say this hike was hard. As anyone who has done this hike knows, The views are spectacular. There are so many pristine lakes and flowing streams. Wildflowers are out and so are wildlife. We saw a deer the first day and two the second. The first big lake you come across is full of fish. They were constantly nipping at the insects on the surface of the water. As we approached Kearsarge Pass, our anticipation only grew as we knew we were in for a spectacular view. And we weren’t let down! We started descending the other side of the pass and knew it was going to be gain on the way back. But the beautiful lakes provided plenty of distraction. We reached Bullfrog Lake soon enough, and though it was an awesome lake in its own right, we couldn’t help but continue for an additional half mile or so to reach the JMT/PCT before heading back (see my recording). All in all this was an awesome hike and not as inaccessible as I once believed. Another thing that made this hike memorable was how many REAL hardcore hikers and backpackers there were. We even saw a family with four kids backpacking together and camping at Kearsarge Lakes with plans for Rae Lakes. The youngest must have been seven!

hiking
bugs
closed
washed out
10 months ago

We did this hike from Roaring Rivers on Saturday,7/20. It was a fun short hike for the morning, but you still can’t complete the meadow loop because part of the trail is closed due to flooding.

While it's a scenic walk, most of the trail has been washed out and one can not do the complete loop. There are overgrown poison ivy on the trail so be on lookout. Viewes from the Meadows are spectacular and one should plan to spend time at the small beach

A good portion of the Zumwalt Meadow hike is under water due to Mother Nature rerouting the river. This means you cannot complete the loop. NPS has the bridge part of the trail blocked off for the safety of visitors. This really cuts down on what you’re able to see and that’s why I gave it three stars. I bet it would be a really awesome hike if the trail wasn’t flooded. Please be advised, you will not be a key to complete the entire hike if you decide to check this one out.

Great hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end!

hiking
off trail
snow
washed out
10 months ago

Hiked to Bench lake via Taboose pass on July 5th. The road to the trailhead is in terrible condition; I saw one other person crazy enough to attempt to drive it in a sedan, but I would not do it again. It took me over an hour from 395 to the trailhead, including the time I spend getting out of the car to remove rocks from the road. I slept in my car about 0.5 miles from the main trailhead, as I feared my sedan could not take any more punishment. Just north of the parking area is the trailhead. I started at 4:40a to beat the 90+ degree temperatures predicted for the day at lower elevation. The trail slowly wanders through the desert and finally begins to climb next to the creek for about 3 miles. Shortly thereafter is the first creek crossing, which by far is the most challenging. Poles are a must, and keep in mind that crossings have less water in the mornings before the afternoon sun brings faster snow melt. There is a small single person tent side on the north side of the crossing. On the other side of the crossing, the terrain begins to transition into a cooler forest. There are several small additional crossings in the next 2-3 miles, but I only took my boots off for the last one. There are several camping areas on the way as well. At higher elevation, the trail was now covered and required either poles or an ice axe to climb. Beware of weakened snow bridges over top of the creek, as these will soften considerably in the afternoon heat. Right below the pass is Taboo creek, which was probably one of the most spectacular parts of the hike. After some additional ascent, you will see the signpost for Taboose pass. A larger sign is broken next to it. The trail then descends about 1000 feet, again with the trail 80-90% snow covered, with several creek crossings. I ended up heading north off trail where the snow cover was lower, and eventually rejoined the JMT after climbing up again. I spent the night about 0.5 mi from the bench lake ranger station near the switchbacks, stopping around 6pm. Another formidable creek crossing leads to a sign indicating the 1.7 mi bench lake trail. This trail was approximately 50% snow covered. Bench lake was beautiful, with many fish (I caught a trout), as were the additional lakes on the way. I hiked back to about 2 miles short of Taboose pass and spent the night overlooking king’s canyon. Melting snow created pockets 2-3 feet deep, that made travel very slow. In the afternoon I was traveling in a giant honeycomb of slush, breaking through periodically on to unmapped creeks below. I even fell into a 6 feet deep moat near a rock, even in the morning when most of the snow was still solidified. Glissading down the pass 500+ feet was a highlight of the return trip. Overall a great hike, but requires solid skills in route finding, use of ice axe, creek crossings, and general understanding of snow travel. Giving it four stars for the terrible trail head. Given that I waited in line for almost an hour (just to pick up!) a permit, it’s sad the road to a clearly popular trailhead is in such a state of disrepair.

Showing results 1 - 21 of 169