This was a nice moderate hike to do in a day have lunch up at the top and come back down. I really enjoyed it

Did this on May 31. Easy trail to follow. Lots of shade on the trail. I have it right at 4 miles each way. Well worth the views. There is a small stream so if you run out of water and have a filter you can refill.

Long hike. But beautiful. There is water along the way so you can take your purifier and rest while you get some water. A little buggy today, but only a few mosquitos towards the end of the day. No snow to worry about.

Amazing hike! The hard rating is accurate, steep incline throughout. Beautiful views throughout hike and at the top.

I’d rate this as a solid moderate to somewhat semi-hard (hard only because it’s all a gradual up-hill romp) hike. We parked and were on the trail by 7am. We only ran into 4 people heading up ...and down it got busy. Little to no masks - which was a disappointment. Social distance folks !! Bottom line is it’s a totally doable moderate hike with a beautiful view at the end. Bring some bug spray ...but not tons.

We picked a hot day for this hike and didn’t get started until mid morning so we were huffing and puffing and hot. The view at the end of the hike was beautiful.

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6 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. Spectacular views. Definitely will become a favorite of mine. Few bugs, nicely shaded, steadily uphill climbs. Some part steep and rocky. Great workout!

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We tried to get a permit but there was no forms outside of the ranger’s office. The nice lady came out and told us that we didn’t need a permit or a adventure pass because she said it is still closed but you can hike the trails. The hike itself is pretty but damn there are so many bugs! Even with deet on me, I still got bitten. You can hear it buzzing the whole entire hike. On our way down I ran into a rattle snake. Close call! Be careful everyone.

Hiked on Sun, May 30, 2020. Logged 13.1 miles round trip. Hardly any snow on the trail, no need for microspikes, etc. 4-5 streams along the trail for refilling water. There was a short line for summit pictures around 2-3 pm, but not too busy/crowded after that.

It was 4 miles to the top, slow and steady incline the entire time. Plenty of shade throughout and pretty purple flowers all the way up. A bit buggy so bring bug spray for the hike. The top is pretty spread out if you want to hang and grab a snack and be socially distinct. We jogged the majority of the trail down. All in my GPS said 7.7 miles and took us 2:36. If you park right at the highway you don’t have to pay the fee.

Great hike, plenty of shade and views along the way. I’ll second someone else, the hike is somewhere between 8.0 and 8.3 miles round trip.

We are not pro hikers and wanted to try a challenging hike. Our group (middle aged) mostly runs, gyms, and Jazzercise. We started at 7. Not crowded so parking was easy at the trail head. We hiked 14 miles in about 9.5 hours. It took awhile longer because parts of the trail were covered in snow and we were wandering around. Thank goodness for downloading the map beforehand because we didn’t have service. We had to cross over snow mounds, cross over streams, and scramble over big boulders. Weather was forecast at 85 in Idyllwild. We each brought 6 bottles of water( came back with extra) and few snacks. There were lots of bugs, bring bug spray and sunscreen. It was a challenging hike and I had some doubts along the way, but we did it and the view was amazing!

Did this October 19’. Awesome hike. Definitely not the hardest hike I’ve done (easier than Whitney for reference). Highly recommend it! Great push and work out. View is nice. Last 2 miles seems endless

Hiked on 5/23 started hike at 12 noon was able to find parking weather was perfect it was 72° Trail well-maintained lots of shade creek had lots of water beautiful views highly recommend this hike.

I started my hike around 9am on a weekday. The trail is well maintained and has plenty of shade. The incline was gradual throughout the trail. It was a very nice hike and the view is great!

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11 days ago

this his is beautiful but truly test the mind and body if you go make sure your not alone a good gps cause the snow erases the trail and plenty of water and food and the trail is 15.5 miles not 12.3

Completed this hike on 5/20. Well worth the effort to go early and get a parking spot at the trailhead. It is also easier to manage heat and shade the earlier you go. The difficult part for me and my partner was actually the beginning, it gets much easier once you get closer to the junction. The view is amazing and there are lots of spots to have lunch or hang out and see mortars on the rocks. The ranger station to pick up wilderness permits is closed so no way to get permits. If you have an adventure pass it’s not a bad idea to hang it on your car. Please pack in and pack out, had to clean up some spots of the trail with leftover trash when we went.

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12 days ago

May 25 notes: Tram is not open, you have to do the full C2C2C or descend via another route. Mile 7.5 through Grubb's Notch is pretty sketchy with some downed trees and branches next to steep drop offs. I would have lost the trail several times without an offline map and GPS. Creeks are running and refill station is open at Round Valley (filter necessary). Restrooms have running water at Long Valley, but no potable water. My GPS watch clocked 16 miles museum to summit not 14. Prepare yourself.

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