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Great mountain views, easy hike through Sequoias to get to Moro Rock

11 days ago

Hiked this trail again this past weekend and my Apple Watch showed this hike to be approx 8.5 miles round trip. A bit of snow patches in several spots as we hiked. Gorgeous views at the watchtower. Can’t get to pear lake from the watchtower trail but if you’re going to the lakes, take the hump trail. We talked to some nice fellow hikers and found out you can get to heather lake from there. On our way back we spotted a bear near the trailhead so just a heads up, they’re out and about. Definitely worth the beautiful hike!

12 days ago

May 13, 2018, trail marked as “Closed”, we continued anyway, some snow but not enough to slow us down. Definitely worth the hike, great views at the Watchtower!

Did this after the crazy winter in 2017 and it was a short steep climb up snow as there was pretty much no visible trail. If you do this in winter make sure you have decent navigation skills and don't walk over running water as pretty much everyone in my group post holed at least once.

This trail does not actually connect as shown. You will have to make a bit of our own path to connect. Went end of April and there was snow about 3 miles in.

Great views up on top. Over 300 stairs to climb once you have reached the rock!

I hiked the first 4.1 miles and back today, only up to Heather Lake. I would certainly have completed the trail up to Pear Lake if it wasn't for some pesky mild foot pain I've been babying lately and that made me decide not to overdo it. If it wasn't for that, I would have kept going, albeit at a slowish pace due to the snowy conditions higher up. The trail was largely snow-free at the trailhead, but gradually transformef into a winter wonderland by the time I got to Heather Lake. I left my crampons at home, but it wouldn't have hurt bringing them along. There were quite a few other hikers, and by far most of them also only wore simple footwear / normal hiking shoes. I'm looking forward to returning to do the full trail and maybe take the Watchtower route later in the year.

There are a few good spots along the river off of the trail if you look. Not a bad hike.

4/2/18: Views were worth the effort. Made it to pear lake without snow shoes or skis. Snow is melting quickly though.

With the snow and being short of time, only walked the first two miles and then turned around. Other trail users were skiers (7), snowshoes (6), hikers (5). Totally coming back1

Amazing trail to see Sequoias without crowds or really anyone. It felt like we had it to ourselves.

Nice hike through the forest before reaching the Moro Rock steps. Beautiful views and nature all around.

Hiked up to Heather Lake on January 28th. The trail is easy until you get to hump trail. It is quite a climb up to the lake but well worth it. We passed a few folks taking breaks as the climb was steep. Glad we took our crampons as the trail was a bit icy in the beginning and covered in the snow at the top. The lake was frozen but we enjoyed the view from our hammock :). We hike most weekends and like to climb so this trail was awesome for what we were looking for! Take it easy on the climb up. It may feel like forever reaching the top but you’ll get there and the views are very rewarding

4 months ago

Did this trail last weekend. I only went up to watchtower. Beautiful views. Lots of snow at the watch point so be careful. Bring layers and be prepared for snow. My feet got wet from the snow. Saw fresh bear tracks so they’re out and about.

4 months ago

North Fork Dr is NOT paved all the way. It’s a pretty scary drive. 4-wheel drive recommended. We ended up pulling over and walking the rest of the road to the trail. The trail was gorgeous, although not maintained. The trail is a nice, easy hike along the creek.

Loved this hike! Definately more challenging on the way to Heather lake via hump trail because of the uphill challenge the majority of the way! However, the trail is beautiful and well maintained. I would definately go on the himpbtrail again! Loved it❤️

Challenging but doable! Slow and steady wins the race. Did this in January 2018. Goal was Heather Lake. Made it! Lake was frozen. Hung out with my lovely wife on a hammock and enjoyed the view of Marble Fork Canyon. Look forward to doing it again in spring where I’ll take the Watchtower Trail.

this hike was pretty awesome. Hump trail which is less than 2 miles till heather lake, climbs upto 1150 ft. Watchtower route is closed due to icy conditions. There was very less snow at this time, we had to put spikes near heather lake descending. Snow started at around 9400 ft, below that there were patches of snow.

amazing trail. excellent spot for the sunset and sunrise. The view at top is so worth it.

Did this trail last weekend. Notice! This trail does not go through to the Lakes area during the winter. Incredible view!!

Sweet & Quiet

Sweet & Quiet

6 months ago

Good easy trail to hike. Did 8 miles out and back in a new psir of boots. Not many parking places at trailhead. But did not see anyone on the trail with me.

Perfect warm up for the trail up the rock!

8 months ago

Great warm up for when you get to the stairs at Moro Rock, or if you're heading toward Hanging Rock!

This was a nice hike - did it in early June and was subdued by clouds/fog towards the end of the climb. No views at the summit, consequently, but bounding down the still-deep snow on the way down was good fun.

One of the best views of my life! I'm 49 now, and I was there at age 15

Great hike even during the winter! Highly recommend crampons

I've done this one in the spring, summer, fall, and snowshoed it in the winter. gorgeous view!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The trail seems to have taken a beating from rain storms. large section has a landslide (picture added) and heavy overgrowth and down trees. Also a lot of bugs this time of year. Recommend for very experienced hikers. Was beyond my skill set and was doing it solo, turned around for safety.

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