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no shade
6 hours ago

Completely paved. Easy hike, but minimal shade at noon

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flooded
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
snow
7 hours ago

Definitely agree with the counter clockwise approach for steepness. Beautiful views of eagle lake, but once you’re going up towards lake Fontanillis, it’s almost all snow still (we hiked 6/2/20) that’s actively melting and covering large portions of the trail. Major improvisations needed to manage staying near the trail and not slipping down in the snowy rock sides. Same for getting up to Dicks Lake- both lakes were >70% frozen, and most potential camping areas were all snowed over or mud from the melted snow. Was a very hard hike with half the ways in snow, and risky sinking areas where if you step in the wrong spot you’re hip deep in snow or slipping down the rock faces. Also many streams / rivers to cross over walking on tree trunks & a prayer. Likely best time to hike is late July or August to have a better chance of no snowy surprises.

Parking is a little tricky. Trail was easy to follow. Some parts of the trail were very narrow. The views were amazing.

Great hike to Dardanelles lake than over to Round lake Cool weather. Nice breeze. Pasted about 8 sets of other hikers/biker. Trail dry except for little patches of snow towards round lake. Hiked in hiking tennis’s. Bug we’re to a minimum. Beautiful!

Great hike, my Labrador enjoyed the snow pond. Frogs sending mating calls. Took high trail, crossed 3 snow ravines, 4th was a “bridge too far’, snow looked dangerous. Saw cougar tracks..

Great place for an easy-moderate hike. Little muddy in places, I wore Nike runners and I didn’t get wet or muddy. Great lake views, water was not cold and it felt good to dip the feet in before the long hike back.

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rocky
3 days ago

Hiked 5/31. Trail was about 50% covered with snow patches. My down loaded AllTrails map helpful on the times I lost the trail. Was able to get to Round Lake with just hiking shoes and poles. Very peaceful and quiet.

Beautiful day..waterfall is rushing...go early...gets crowded

5/30/20 Clear of snow. Absolutely beautiful scene at the lake.

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful hike with steady (not hard) incline to reach the lakes. Breathtaking views and lookouts along the way. Once at the lakes, crystal clear water and some picnic tables and places to rest up before the way down. Loved it!

it was in pretty good shape today. i only went to where it hits the truckee River. it was dry in all but two places.

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off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
4 days ago

Once you were on the trail it was well defined, but at several points the trail disappeared due to downed trees. My recommendation is to follow the Tahoe Rim Trail path, as it ran mostly parallel. Very little snow though you could walk around it or beside it without it impeding passage. Good mix of sunny and shade.

Backpacked this trail on the night of 5/28/20. No issues with snow anywhere on the trail, however, it’s slightly muddy in some areas. The bridge is out requiring a very easy creek crossing. Water is shin deep with a very mild current. Just take off your shoes or bring flip flops. Trail is very gradual uphill with plenty of shade. It makes for a nice and easygoing overnight backpacking excursion. We found the trail to be very lightly trafficked for the Tahoe/desolation area.

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rocky
scramble
5 days ago

Very short and easy hike up to the top. Great view of the lake, just be careful walking around at the top.

hiking
8 days ago

Corral to Sidewinder to Cedar

excellent trail but extremely busy avoid if you're looking for a secluded hike but the waterfall was worth the trip to me!

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muddy
9 days ago

I hiked this trail Memorial Day, 5/25/20 I started this hike at noon. The parking lot was full. I parked on HWY 89 and crossed over to catch the TH. The trail is well maintained. There is still plenty of snow melt streaming down from the mountain. When I reached the shore of the lake, I continued on the footpath to the right around the lake to the waterfall. Lovely place to rest and eat lunch! Only a few others lakeside. Some cyclists on the trail, but all were courteous to my hiking. Flowers are not in bloom as of yet. Big Meadow is muddy in some spots, but overall beautifully green. 7.1 miles round trip, approx 1,000’ elevation gain. Love this hike in the Fall as well! Enjoy!

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