hiking
10 days ago

Road down is pretty rough unless you have a serious 4wd truck. The road is 2miles each way and has great views and sequoias, so a nice 4mile option. The trails have about a foot and a half of snow and I was the first one to make tracks.

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blowdown
icy
1 month ago

Beautiful hike!! The access road to trailhead was not something I I would try in a golf (adding 4 total miles to hike). The access road was very icy for the first 1/4 of the mile after that it is drivable. Anyways back to the hike! Enter though a stand of sequoias that follows through to the top of the mountain. The trees are amazing, but we did have to hike around some blow down trees on the trail. The hike has great Mountain View and finishes off following the creek at the bottom of the mountain. Be on the lookout for bears! We saw lots of bear poop.

hiking
1 month ago

Great first hike. Whole lot less icy then expected. Some small down tress and limbs on the trail. Overall not bad

hiking
1 month ago

My first backpacking trip.it got me hook into backpacking. Adventure!

scenic driving
2 months ago

This was an amazing view!! Quite a different view of Sequoia and such an appreciation of Kings Canyon. This little trail up to Grizzley falls is rocky, but kid- friendly. Went in the summer and it's a perfect spot to get freshened up!!

short walk to a cool waterfall. worth checking it out.

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rocky
5 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! Especially in the fall! Lots of fall colors! Only made it to Lower Paradise Valley because we didn’t have enough time. It does get very steep in stairs and rocky but it does flat out and the view is so worth it! This trail is well maintained. We went on a two day backpacking trip.

Like everyone says here this trail has everything, sequoias , a waterfall (small one), creek crossing and there is an area with a great view of the forest. Beware there is a lot of uphill climbing on this hike. All trails tracker reported a 1000 feet delta between lowest point and highest point. This loop is 9 miles not 7.

October 11, great time of year for this hike. I did Sugarbowl trail down to the creek, spent the night along the water, then hiked out Hart trail. Beautiful hike among the giant trees. No bugs, few people, cold at night, but gorgeous during the day.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this as a solo day hike/trail run Friday 10/4. First hike in the Sierras, other than Half Dome, and wow, just breathtaking allll the way through. Started at 6:30am and went clockwise so as to spread out the 8K’ gain over 25 miles, as opposed to going clockwise and doing it in 15. Weather was perfect, ranging from 40s to 70s with some cool winds around Glen Pass, but I was OK with a t-shirt and shorts and did not unpack my windbreaker or down jacket. Bugs were nonexistent. High percentage of the trail is runnable, which would’ve been nice, had I not been dealing with some nagging aches and pains that slowed me down. Trail was easy to follow and well-marked throughout, and I never had any nav issues at any time. Lots of PCTers, JMTers, and backpackers to chat with along the way. Trail wasn’t crowded, but I did see a decent amount of people. Camp sites looked like less than 50% percent occupancy on Friday morning. Pretty much constant water availability, so I just took a 1.5L bladder and a filter and that did just fine. Saw a couple bears off in the distance and had a close shave with a mountain lion which nearly necessitated a change of shorts. Deer were present for a good chunk of the trail. I have to admit that while I enjoyed the challenge of doing this as a day hike, I feel like I short-changed myself by not giving myself the necessary time to enjoy this amazing trail over a 3 or 4 day backpacking excursion. Already looking forward to it. Start: 6:30 am Completed: 8:45 pm Moving time: 12h 50m Distance: 40.6 mi Total elevation gained: 8272’ (corrected)

hiking
5 months ago

Completed the loop clockwise from Road's end over 6D5N Sept 28-Oct 3. Camped upper paradise, 2 nights at rae lakes with a day trip to 60 lakes basin, added a loop out to Kearsarge pass and camped at Kearsarge lakes, then camped at Bubbs creek. Definitely recommend clockwise, we felt it gave us better views that got better as the hike progressed. Days were clear and beautiful, nights were freezing cold, waking to frozen water bottles and one time with a little snow on the ground. Went prepared and was very much enjoyed, no need for microspikes although we had them. Sleeping bag liner is a light way to add some heat to your sleeping bag. Highly recommend Kearsarge pass if you have the time, fantastic view of the mountain range to the south. Highly recommend this hike, gorgeous views the whole way, fantastic trail easy to navigate. We rented bear canisters at REI in Fresno (got the big clear ones, easier to see where your food is!) was cheaper and more variety than the Parks office. River crossing at upper paradise is still out, but there was a log that was very grippy and low water levels making for an easy traverse. No bears seen nothing tampered with out bear canisters. Saw 3 bucks and many other deer along the way. Generally did not feel crowded although there are other people around especially at campsites. Very clean seeing almost zero garbage.

hiking
6 months ago

Not really a hike, more of a quick walk up a paved trail. Pretty waterfall and worth the stop and 5 minute walk.

on Grizzly Falls

hiking
6 months ago

Not a hike or even much of a walk really; the falls are pretty but can be seen easily from the parking area. Worth a stop if you’re driving through. Could definitely be a nice place to picnic as well.

Completed on Sunday, September 22 as a day hike. Used this trail to train for Half Dome in Yosemite later in the week. The trail is pretty flat until about a mile before Mist falls. It then begins to climb up rather steeply along the edge of the valley in sets of stairs. At the top it flatten out as you approach Paradise Valley. Beautifully maintained trail as far as we made it, and very quiet past Mist Falls.

hiking
6 months ago

Easily the best backcountry trip I've taken so far. We completed a clockwise loop in 5 days with a zero at Rae Lakes from 9/22 through 9/26. We camped at Upper Paradise Valley, Rae (2x), and Junction Meadow. The second day climb from Castle Dome Meadow to Dollar Lake was the most strenuous section, easily beating out Glen Pass, which really wasn't so bad. Temperatures were perfect, a bit warm at times during the day, but staying above freezing even at elevation. Wind wasn't an issue. No mosquitos, just a few manageable gnat swarms at the start and end of the loop. All water crossings can be completed without getting wet (logs or rock hopping). Fishing at Lower Rae was too easy and got boring quickly. I was catching 4-6" brook trout on every cast with a fly and bubble setup on a spinning rod. I was using pheasant tail nymphs but those hungry fish would probably go for anything. Same story in Bubb's behind the Junction Meadow camp. Saw a few deer at Upper Rae, then spotted a bear across Bubb's from our campground at Junction Meadow. He didn't seem to want anything to do with us and quickly climbed out of site. Went about halfway up the trail to Sixty Lakes basin on our zero day, enough to keep the muscles warm and enjoy spectacular views of the lakes. Really enjoyed chatting with many amazing folks on this beautiful trail. JMTers, PCTers, and Rae Lakes loopers forming one happy trail family. This is one I will remember for a long time!

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bridge out
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

One of the most rewarding trails I have been on. the varying landscapes were breathtaking. Day 1: Arrived at Cedar

hiking
6 months ago

My best backpacking trip so far, we did the trip in 3.5 days, Thursday morning to Sunday morning. Thursday: We did a total of 10.5 miles and camped at the upper paradise valley. The next morning we had to wade across the stream, it was about shin deep and the water was pretty slow. Friday: We did a total of 13.5 miles, camping at upper Rae lake, was very windy and difficult to sleep. Make sure you secure your tents and covers down since everything will get blown away. We had a clear sky so we could see the Milkyway galaxy. Saturday: We did a total of 15.5 miles, we got out of Rae lakes as quickly as possible because it was not comfortable there with no fire and freezing winds. After about 4 miles from Rae lakes, everything was back to normal and we were flying downhill most of the time. Two of our mates got lost because they took a shortcut and ended up doing an extra 4 miles, so make sure you check every corner on the switchbacks to make sure you don't miss a trail split. We ended up camping at Sphinx creek, there was plenty of space, cover, and firewood and everyone was happy because we only had 4 miles to the car. Sunday: We only had 4 miles of switchbacks + downhill + flat to cover. We got to the car by 10 am. I would recommend leaving as little miles as possible for the last day, that way you have time to unpack and catch up on things when you get back him. For us, we got home around 5 pm.

The perfect hike. AllTrail directions Coordinates take you right to closest trailhead parking lot. Hart Tree / Fallen Goliath Loop trail is off to the left. After about a quarter mile, you’ll have choice of taking left or right for the loop. If you don’t want a steep incline at the end of your hike, go RIGHT.

hiking
6 months ago

I did this hike years ago and it is an awesome High Sierra trail. If you go counter clockwise I would recommend leaving early so you’re not stuck on the switchbacks in the afternoon sun. There’s pretty regular access to water along the way. Glen Pass is an amazing view. We saw a few bears and a rattlesnake along the way. I would highly recommend for anyone who wants a good long weekend Sierra trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful loop, great for backpacking. Recommend doing this clockwise. Stayed overnight at Paradise, Rae Lakes, and Junction. There are 3 campgrounds spread out at Junction so just keep looking if you're trying to find one that isn't occupied.

Excellent day hike

Absolutely Amazing..... this trail has it all! 5 stars all the way.... but your legs will be sore

hiking
6 months ago

Well maintained trail. 7 miles to Middle Paradise Camp area. 1,600 foot elevation gain. Lots of stairs. Could have used an escalator.

Loved this trail! Lush and green, huge sequoias, absolutely beautiful! Not many other hikers, so kinda felt secluded which was nice. Never saw the Fallen Goliath either, so don't know what happened there. Funny story though....deep into the hike I swear I hear a cow moo. Cow moo? Okay...says my partner with that "you're nuts" look. A little further we see something big and black! Must be a bear! Nope...It's a Black Cow! (Now who's nuts?):-) Yep, a cow. Must have been lost, because it followed the ring of my bear bell on my backpack for a ways, until we walked thru a downed tree that had a tunnel through it. We told some other hikers coming from the opposite direction to look for the cow, and maybe help it find it's way out. What an unexpected find in the middle of the Sequoia National Forest!

hiking
6 months ago

Words can’t describe this trail! Every landscape was massive and beautiful! Highly recommend this trail 3 nights 4 days at least. Also only recommend the clockwise trek.

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