Reviews (227)
Photos (3526)
Recordings (195)
Ronald Ortiz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 12 2020
Hiking

Great day for a hike. The hump trail kicked my butt. Not too crowded and great scenery everywhere. Looking forward to a few more hikes out there.

Brian Langley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 11 2020
Hiking

We took the watchtower route to Heather Lake, and then took the Hump trail back. It was a very warm day and so we were slowed down a lot by the heat.

View Brian's Recording
Madison Grady
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 05 2020
HikingBugs
View Madison's Recording
Artem Levinskii
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jul 04 2020
HikingOff trail
View Artem's Recording
Abbey Amemiya
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

This trail was stunning with thick mossy woods at the beginning and opening up to fantastic mountain view’s and ending at a charming tranquil meadow! The trail is mostly uphill and the elevation kind of got to us causing us to move a little slower then normal. There are wonderful wildflowers towards the top of the trail. We didn’t see many people. We saw one bear and he was adorable just moseying around the woods. I highly recommend this trail! Also according to my phone we hiked about 9.5 miles not 7.4 miles.

Annmarie Liermann
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 20 2020
Hiking

I divided this hike into two halves by camping in Mehrten Meadow (which is an awesome place to camp, BTW). I didn't think the final mile to the peak was unusually difficult as others have described, but I imagine it would be if I had hiked all the way there. Also keep in mind the elevation change; this hike could be a killer if one starts the day outside of the park or in the foothills at 4,000 feet. No snow on the trail. No bugs. Some streams cross the trail but nothing that will get your feet wet. A couple seem like they may not last much longer. Merhten Meadow at the 4 mile mark is a fantastic place to rest and refill water from Mehrten Creek (with a filter or purifier, though probably not necessary). There were a couple more flowing water sources en route to Alta Peak as of yesterday.

Sadaf Rizvi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Jun 13 2020
Hiking

Highly recommend taking hump trail back to save time! Trail was pretty, just super foggy when I went (06/13/20)

View Sadaf's Recording
Steve Kindschuh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jun 12 2020
Hiking

Excellent trail. Hiked to Mehrten Meadow. Was in the clouds above 8000 feet so I can’t comment on the views. Will come back in future to make it to the top of Alta Peak. This trail is good for different skill levels. Moderate trail in the beginning that leads to steeper terrain.

Gadi Giladi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMon Jun 08 2020
Hiking

A fantastic hike with a fantastic view and heather lake is amazing I loved it a lot

View Gadi's Recording
Mathew Fiegleman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 06 2020
Hiking

On June 6, we hiked from Wolverton, up to Alta Peak, and then shimmied down the mountain side to Emerald lake and return via the Lakes Trail (Hump side, not Watchtower side). It was pretty challenging, especially the offroute connection down to the lakes / shimmying down boulders. There is currently a lot of snow from Alta Peak down to the lakes offroute, so the feet got wet. Took around 9 hours round trip for 2 guys in late 20s with pretty decent fitness. Otherwise I think Lakes Trail and Alta Peak have equal but different amazing views. Alta you see many high sierra peaks, Lakes trail has the mountain ridges surrounding you from down by the lakes.

Mathew Fiegleman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 06 2020
Hiking

On June 6, we hiked from Wolverton, up to Alta Peak, and then shimmied down the mountain side to Emerald lake and return via the Lakes Trail (Hump side, not Watchtower side). It was pretty challenging, especially the offroute connection down to the lakes / shimmying down boulders. There is currently a lot of snow from Alta Peak down to the lakes offroute, so the feet got wet. Took around 9 hours round trip for 2 guys in late 20s with pretty decent fitness. Otherwise I think Lakes Trail and Alta Peak have equal but different amazing views. Alta you see many high sierra peaks, Lakes trail has the mountain ridges surrounding you from down by the lakes.

Carolyn Shinsato
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Mar 22 2020
Hiking

Challenging trail but well worth the effort for the solitude and views you're rewarded with. There are pit toilets by both Emerald and Pear lakes. Be sure to check the trail conditions ahead of time and plan gear accordingly especially if you plan to camp overnight. It can be difficult to traverse with the trails changing from easily marked dirt path to foot+ of snow unmarked trail.

Trey Ideker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSun Feb 16 2020
HikingIcy
View Trey's Recording
Sam Rubin
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Feb 16 2020
HikingMuddySnow

This was a nice climb up, with the added element of navigating some slipperiness the whole way. Relatively warm, winter day where snow covered the trail almost entirely, although microspikes were not required (would've been nice to have). It was a nice climb with really cool views to the North the first two miles, then as you get onto Hump Trail it starts to become more exposed and there were a handful of routes through the snow possible. The best part of the hike was once you reached the top and had a full panoramic view of a really sick mountain face. There was a short descent to Heather Lake from the top, which in winter is totally covered in snow and the trek down featured very soft snow that was easy to sink into, so overall we regretted going down to the lake. Then the way back down to the parking lot was nice and steady... it was snowy/icy enough that you could just kinda slide the whole way down. All in all a nice hike which would've been really great in season when you can see the lake.

Megan Doyle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jan 10 2020
Backpacking

Awesome views!!! As the first review mentions, it is a bit of scramble once you get past Pear Lake. There isn't a trail, you just have to keep climbing. It will feel as though it never ends, but just when you think you are over it, you'll hit the top and see Moose Lake! We didn't see another soul out there, which was pretty cool. :)

Clemence Idoux
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Jan 02 2020
SnowshoeingSnow

We snowshoed to the hut for New year day and spent the night there. very beautiful hike! The weather was great, sunny and almost warmish. It had not snow for a week or so, thus the path was very clear and easy to follow. the map is slightly wrong, the winter path does not pass between the two lakes but loop way norther. Snow was quite packed in the bottom and become slightly softer at the top, but overall easy to manage. we left at 11 and it took us roughly 4 hours to get to the hut (with a couple of stops for a quick snack and water). conditions clearly made the hike faster, with soft snow, it can take easily the double. Night at the hut was great!

View Clemence's Recording
Tracy Krupitzer
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Dec 29 2019
HikingSnow
View Tracy's Recording
Austin Bohn
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Nov 09 2019
BackpackingOff trailRockyScramble

Excellent trail. Don’t go past Pear Lake if you have any qualms about going off trail while venturing into bear country. It gets VERY dangerous. This is coming from a 22 year old guy who is accustomed to going on questionably sketchy trips. Go for it if you have the guts to make it happen, but this trail gets gnarly so this is your fair warning. Best of luck to you. Also, bring toilet paper to Pear Lake. They have an outhouse but no TP.

View Austin's Recording
Rani Horev
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Oct 26 2019
HikingOff trailRocky
View Rani's Recording
Hiu Cheung
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSun Aug 04 2019
Hiking

Watch tower view was great but heather lake was a bit disappointing. I’m sure during season (maybe after some rain) the lake would’ve been beautiful. Saw a rattlesnack on our way up to Watchtower but other than that the hike was great and lots of shade. Started at 8:30am at the trailhead, thought it would’ve been super hot. Guess we were just lucky. Do bring lots of water and fluid!

View Hiu's Recording
K. Bourne
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 14 2019
Hiking

Gorgeous views. Mehrten meadow is so peaceful and secluded after hiking in during peak tourist season. The hike was a bit of a challenge with all the smoke from the prescribed burns, but you get away from the worst of it once you reach Panther Gap.

Maria Bendana
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 07 2019
Hiking

One of my favorite trails! Relatively easy way to get to see some of the landscapes that typically require a lot more effort to get to. Hiked 7/5-7/6. Got the last two overnight permits from lodgepole visitor center. You need wilderness permits if planning to stay overnight. The watchtower route is currently closed due to winter conditions, so you’ll need to go via the hump route. The trail is well marked, look for yellow triangle markers on the trees. There are pit toilets at several of the lakes. Mostly snow free until you get to the lakes, from there it is still about 50-75% snow cover. No special equipment needed, trekking poles may help cross the snow patches. Mosquitos weren’t horrible but I did get some bug bites where I didn’t put DEET (ankles, back etc). Highly recommend as either a day hike or overnight trip!

David Van Hofwegen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jul 07 2019
Hiking

Crossed a number of lovely meadows on the way up. Perfect gradual grade. Wildflowers. Splendid view at Panther gap - definitely lingered there. Continued on a lovely path to the meadows, with glimpses of Alta on the way. They were smaller than I was expected, but still vibrantly green. A lovely place to camp, though I imagine the mosquitos might get quite bad there.

Jeff Mangus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFri Jul 05 2019
Hiking

One of the most beautiful hike I have been on. The weather was perfect at this elevation. 95 degrees in downtown Three Rivers and 62 degrees at the beginning of the hike. Plenty of places to stop and chill. The hike had a decent amount of people on it until the trail splits. Most people went to the lake (left) but we went to the right and it had minimal people. Also, at the very beginning of the hike we saw a bear and her cub! We kept our distance but did snap a photo that we added to the hike.

View Jeff's Recording
Jessica W
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 30 2019
HikingSnow
View Jessica's Recording
Jordan Ahistus
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSun Jun 23 2019
Hiking

Did this trail on June 21. The watchtower trail was closed so we had to do the hump trail up. The last mile and a half was covered in snow and thankfully the yellow markers on the trail were a huge help to find our way down to heather lake and back. The lake is still about 90% frozen over but still very nice views. We left at 8am and got to have the lake to ourselves which was great! Highly recommend!

Showing results 1 - 26 of 227