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.

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rocky
snow
3 days ago

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.

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

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off trail
9 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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10 days ago

This trail is beautiful! It ends with a 360 view of the mountains and desert cities from the peak. We started the hike at around 9am, and there was limited amount of parking in a medium sized dirt lot. I suggest getting there early so that you’ll be able to get a spot in the lot— not sure how other people park if the lot is filled. The hike itself was stunning— you’ll go from seeing huge trees, and you’ll pass by rock ledges that features a clear view of a valley of trees. You’ll also pass by a few small waterfalls and creeks. The elevation gain is quick, and is pretty steep throughout. By the 3rd mile up, I already started feeling the changes in my body due to the elevation. But after several sets of switchbacks and a bit of scrambling, you’ll be at the top! Don’t forget to check out all of the different views up there— you’ll see layers of mountains, forests, Hemet, and Palm Springs.

Tons of creek access to water. Great hike. Snow not bad at all.

Hiked it yesterday May 23rd. Trail in great condition. I mean it needs some trail maintenance, lots of fallen trees. But other than that things were great. The little residual snow is of no consequence. You dont have to over-carry water. Don't hike in the desert during peak hot hours. Use common sense. Once at Long Valley you can refill. But you'll have to filter it. Tram is not running so remember this is not an option to save you. I went down by route of Marion Mnt campground. I had a vehicle waiting there. Once again there is tons of water on the trail. This is a long hard hike. Don't doubt it. But at it's easiest right now.

Hello, did anybody had any difficulty parking at the Marion Mountain trailhead?

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washed out
10 days ago

First time doing this beautiful hike. Got started at around 7am and got back to the car by around 4pm. It’s not an easy hike but it’s beautiful and rewarding. Lush alpine scenery, snow melt turning into streams and waterfalls (and while they do cross some of the trail there is no issue with either snow or water) and of course amazing views from the top! It’s a bit of a scramble getting to the peak once you get right under it and there is snow so just be careful and take your time!

Hiked 5/24. Super hot in afternoon, recommend really early start. Vast majority of snow gone on trail but present on last push to and on the summit. All remaining snow on trail gets super slushy and post-holey in afternoon. Multiple good flowing water sources along trail if you have filter. Didn’t use spikes. Trekking poles nice on steep downhill return.

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rocky
snow
10 days ago

just hiked today we started at 11 and ended at 8 i was with my mom who is slower and we had no issues completing it. out of all the six pack of peaks hikes this is honestly my favorite. the huge boulders the gorgeous variety of trees and the multiple streams and small rivers made it very enjoyable. it is a littke tough and steep headed up but very doable and the 360 degree views are amazing up top.

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17 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Snow, creak crossings, blue skies! Great Friends! Couldn’t have asked for a better hike.

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rocky
17 days ago

Whoa this place has a nice view but make sure to take plenty of water and wear sunblock.

Great hike today. A bit smoggy looking down to Hemet. Made it to PCT junction but too tired to get to MSJ peak. Heard still snow up top but no spikes needed.

Not easy to find the trail

I loved this trail, the panoramic views at the summit are breathtakingly beautiful. I summited yesterday and there is still a lot of snow up there. I lost the trail a couple of times due to the snow so be prepared to second guess yourself.

Attempted on 4-25-2020 This is one of my favorite hikes it was my second time doing it and got to about 3 miles shy of the peak. Took a good amount of time hiking cactus to clouds to cactus. Ended up being 23.4 miles and 8881 feet of elevation gain. I needed snow shoes to make the peak this time being the first person to attempt it since quarantine. I just uploaded my videos and pictures from the hike on my Instagram if you’d like to see a more in depth view of the trail. meat_the_adventure

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25 days ago

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