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hiking
scramble
6 hours ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
10 hours ago

This trail is accurately rated as moderate. We did the loop clockwise, and most of the time it was a gentle climb uphill. Near the end, the incline intensified, but that portion of the trail does not last for too long before you reach the meadow. Once you get there, you have fantastic views of Freel and Jobs Sister. My only negatives were the amount of mountain bikers we had to side step for and the descent, which is just walking down a Jeep road -not nearly as scenic or enjoyable as going up next to the creek.

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
15 hours ago

yes you're right, the trail gets lost to a bunch of fallen trees and rocks and stuff, but we felt we went too far to turn back and so we made our way over the fallen trees with our nimble feet and kept going. it gets crazy for a min there. also, steep and sheer granite rock sides afterwards too.. just run up them, it's faster. then there will be a beautiful waterfall on some rocks where you can cool down and get a fresh drink of some of the best water on earth, seriously. then you'll finally make it to Azure Lake. it's so damn beautiful.... you just gotta trust that you're gonna find the trail again- because it does pick up again. it's not that hard to find the trail again after the crossing of the fallen trees. then leave the lake by heading over Maggies peak and back to the parking lot.. not as easy task as this sounds though after the slog from earlier lol.. I highly recommend this hike though. there was no one there during our four hrs there swimming around and eating. and the lake was incredibly gorgeous.

hiking
16 hours ago

Hiked 6-9-19. Still lots of snow on the top half of the hike. Crampons would have helped on a few sections. Check the wind forecast online to best be prepared for the conditions at the peak. Watch out for loose, falling rock on the steep sections. Awesome views of both the lake and desolation wilderness.

Stunning high meadow after a good hard climb. Blown away by the beauty at the top. The s curvy stream was amazing with the mountains in the backdrop.

Beautiful trail. A bit more steep than expected, we had to take a break in the middle. But the views of the lakes are worth it. Even saw some families with younger kids on the trail. We went Wed morning and it was not crowded. We drove through Angora Ridge Road to get to the parking lot, but looking at the map I recommend just hiking at Angora lake trail off Fallen Leaf to get there instead. The road was bumpy and narrow at most parts, at at some point you end up driving along the edge of a very high mountain. It is also a 2 way road so you may run into cars going the opposite direction.

loved this hike through the pines. The hike takes you along a pretty creek which is nice to hear the entire time. The smell of the pines is intoxicating. Very pretty meadow at the end. Heavily trafficked trail with bikers and hikers is only downfall. took us 4 hours round-trip.

Great trail. Goes along the lake and by the museum exhibits. Plenty of parking

hiking
1 day ago

Horrible trail. Trail heads aren’t marked and there is garbage everywhere. Also has Jurassic mosquitoes so bring bug spray.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
snow
1 day ago

We did this trail two days ago. It's a great dog-friendly trail! Due to all the snowmelt this year there was a lot of water. The start of the trail is flat and the water pooled there, leading to a lot of mosquitos, so bug spray would make the walk more pleasant. It was a little muddy, but manageable. About 2 miles in you get you start to ascend and there aren't many mosquitos from there to Crag Lake. The trail is a pretty gradual incline and you get some views of Lake Tahoe. Its mostly shaded, which is nice for the sunny days. There is one point where you have to ford the creek (we were told there used to be a bridge, but the heavy winter must have destroyed it). The current was pretty strong. I probably could not have done it on my own (5'2" woman). My fiance had to help me. I'd say if you're going early this summer, only cross if you're confident in your abilities/have someone with you for safety. Once you get across the creek there are a number of patches of snow you have to cross. Nothing too challenging, but you'll have to watch your step. The lakes at the end are absolutely gorgeous! The water is crystal clear and provided a perfect mirror for the blue sky above!

on Mount Tallac Trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Still snow on the trail. Be prepared!! Highly recommend extra socks, hiking poles, and shoes that are good for snow/melting snow.

on Glen Alpine Trail

hiking
2 days ago

We left around 11 AM, beautiful day and headed to Grass Lake. Views are great, trails could use some maintenance in places and there is still a lot of water. If you hike this trail your feet are getting wet, no real way to avoid it. The turnoff to Grass Lake required a river crossing in some fairly swift and deep (over our boots) water. Several places where the trail is more of a stream and you are walking ankle deep. Still fun and more adventurous than some trails. The last five miles to the trailhead are rough and narrow single lane so it takes some time and caution to get through and avoid the cars. Lightly trafficked, saw less than 10 groups on a Saturday afternoon.

Great for a light hike with a little sweat. One hill for maybe 300-400 yards on an even path. Nice forest, meadow and lake views.

hiking
bugs
scramble
snow
2 days ago

very busy hike but awesome lake and view from the top. parking was insane too but hike was very enjoyable, well worth it even if I prefer much less people

hiking
rocky
2 days ago

Made it almost to Cathedral Lake before mid-afternoon thunderstorms coming over the summit made us turn around. Large snow patches above 7,000 feet. Terrific views in all directions.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Hiked on June 14th. Still a lot of snow but not difficult to stay (nearly) on trail. At minimum, I would recommend hiking poles. Traction devices would be useful. Incredible views all the way up and especially at the summit. Awesome hike.

In some spots of the trail it was still covered with 6 to 8 feet of snow along the path of the trail. Although the trail was somewhat hard to keep up with, my husband and I made it to the lake which was still partially iced! Be prepared to wade through cold water along the trail in the meadow. All in all it was a beautiful hike!

June 12, 2019. Beautiful hike, and lots of elevation gain. Made it to about 7800' up and the snow was too much to keep cutting into, but gps works well for staying near the trail. Snow is melting and pretty soft in some areas. Turned around and will try when the snow is gone.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 days ago

Really pretty ridge view but really buggy. make sure you have bug spray.

Fun little gem super close to South Lake Tahoe. I ran it in an open diff Jeep Cherokee on 35s and it was all easy (definitely eye balling those cool rock gardens that have been built though! Both are really technical and would take lockers, armor, and aired down tires). Buddy ran it in a Tacoma with a locked rear and 31s no problem as well. Overall, just a fun trail that can be down in about an hour up and back but you’re gonna want to enjoy the incredible views at the top! Only reason this wasn’t a 5 star rating is because there’s really nothing up top but a spot to turn around. The views are definitely incredible though and you can pretty much make it as difficult a ride as you want!

backpacking
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

backpacked to Tamarack last weekend. lake is still frozen and under snow. we camped on ridge above on snow. need poles and crampons/yaktraxs . snow still covers much of the trail and snow bridges are melting and flooding the trail fast. hard to tell where the trail is except for footprints.

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome hiking. Bring snack and lunch to enjoy the beauties of the cascading falls.

hiking
muddy
snow
5 days ago

this trail was good and would have been better in a couple weeks! The snow made us turn around at one point, but it was a beautiful hike! Steep uphill at the beginning.

This trail is listed moderate. Late season that may be true, right now it's difficult/ hard. I just completed this hike and was not expecting the trail to disappear under the very slick snow just past Granite Lake. We had to self navigate, scramble boulders and climb the lat third to get to the peak as it was very trecherous trying to traverse the snow. Thanks Alltrails for GPS assist! LOVED this hike and AMAZING VIEWS, but was not expecting the level of difficulty the snow added. All considered, I can't wait to do it again!

I just did this hike and I only got just past granite lake. It was an extremely difficult climb to the top because there so much snow you can’t see the trail and it’s slippery to walk being at such a steep slope. Granite lake is beautiful though.

hiking
6 days ago

We hiked on June 8th with sunny skies and daytime temps around 60s. Started at 10am. Trail becomes hard to find after about 2 miles in with patches of snow covering areas. Even with gps, it was difficult to find our way. The trickiest part is after Cathedral Lake as there is a bunch of snow and the degree of Incline is steep. Don’t be strayed though, I saw plenty of people at the top in jeans and sneakers, without traction devices! However, I’d still recommend microspikes or crampons. snowshoes would be overkill since it’s patchy snow and there are a good amount of areas that are rocky and dry, so you’d need to take them on and off again. I didn’t see any mosquito or bears. My advice: start early. I know it’s been said before but allow yourself enough time to hike thru snow. If you wait for all the snow to melt, expect large crowds, so I suggest going now and being prepared as much as you can by downloading the trail, having traction, waterproof shoes/socks are a MUST!!, trekking poles, sunblock and an extra layer for when you get to the top. Beautiful views of snow covered mountains to one side once you get to the top, and small number of people as compared to the summer.

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