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This is a beautiful hike especially in the early summer when the creek beds are flowing. The just going to see the Watchtower area is well worth the trip as is Heather Lake which is breathtaking. It is a little treacherous at the Watchtower area but all in all a fabulous hike. I wouldn't say this is moderate but more like challenging, somewhere between moderate and difficult due to the elevation you already start at.

originally planned just to go to watch tower but then decided to go to Heather Lake since it was not that much farther. we completed this trail at the end of October, when we started on the trail it was a nice beautiful day, as we started hiking it became overcast and cold, but it wasn't unreasonably cold. beautiful hike and beautiful views that you get to experience. There are a few parts to the trail that are a little bit scary, huge drop offs, straight drops, but nothing that is too scary. We started the trail around 8:40 in the morning and finished around 2:30 but we did take breaks and sat around and enjoyed the views. Will be doing this one again but next time we plan on going farther and seeing the other two lakes

hiking
1 month ago

Extremely well maintained trail, and not as steep as I expected. A nice, fairly easy and quiet uphill hike through quiet forests and past bright meadows. No bugs. Weather calm and beautiful. Water level very low throughout but you’re still never far from a filterable source. I was the only camper at Twin Lakes which was pretty cool. Serene silence except for 3 nice howling sessions from coyotes(?) around sunset and sunrise. Beautiful! Wandered up Twin Peaks in the morning real quick (2 hours) for some great views before packing out. There is a bear box and pit toilet at Twin Lakes. Get your self-issued wilderness permit for overnight stays at the museum on the way to Lodgepole campgrounds which btw is operating at limited capacity starting Oct 16. Not many sites available, but also not very crowded.

This was a great backpacking trip. Rated 3 stars because you cannot have a campfire and it was 9,400 elevation, hard to get up and get going in morning when it’s freezing. There was also a ton of deadfall. But overall a lot of beautiful views. Challenging the last couple miles but worth it.

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rocky
2 months ago

I loved this hike! We clocked in just under 12 miles out and back so be prepared. Views were great and Heather Lake was stunning. I would have rated this hike as hard. The increase in elevation was very noticeable. And at one point the trail was about two feet wide with a sheer drop off. Some icy and rocky areas. Did not realize what we were getting ourselves into but it all worked out and was worth it! Didn’t see any bears but a few deer! Highly recommend!

backpacking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, the first 4 or similes the going is nice and steady with a pretty clear trail easy stepping. Then it changes and gets rocky and tree roots abundant so you have to watch your footing. The last 2.5 miles were pretty killer. Lots of breaks but we made it in 6 hours with a 30 minute lunch break at kahoon gap summit.

backpacking
2 months ago

Tough last couple of miles, otherwise very pleasant trail and beautiful lakes. It took us 5.5 hours to get up there, including lunch break. We camped at the lakes and it was a very cold weekend! It snowed during the night. Lovely and memorable.

hiking
2 months ago

this trail is hard do not recommend for a novice very steep took 5 hour to get to the top but only 3 back but worth the pain lake is unbelievable

I loved this hike. The views on watchtower trail are amazing. There are some pretty sheer drop offs. If you are afraid of heights, might not want to go all the way to the lake. Lots of shade. It was closer to 10 miles round trip to Heather Lake. Saw a cub.

Great views from watchtower. Wonder if anyone ever fell. No selfies. Black bear at Heather

9/1/19 - This was more like a 9 mile hike. It was extremely hot this day, but thankfully it was mostly shaded. There was a viewpoint as well as Heather Lake, and other than that there weren’t much other scenery. For this reason and all the bug bites we got, I rate this 3 stars. For the amount of time we took hiking, I would maybe hike a shorter trial that provided more scenery. There were people swimming in the lake and thought that was fun, so bring swim gear if you plan to do so. It’s refreshing after a really hot hike.

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bugs
rocky
3 months ago

Perfect weather right now and few people. The hike is 10.5 miles, though.

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bugs
3 months ago

Fantastic hike, especially for summer. The trail starts at the Lodgepole campground. Go over the bridge and about 50 ft. past the Tokopah trailhead. The shade during the majority of the trail is a welcome change to the other alpine lakes in the area. The first 4/5ths of this trail are moderate, but the last mile before the lakes is a pretty challenging incline. Totally worth it though! Bring bug spray.

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bugs
snow
3 months ago

It is a continuous uphill but well graded, the views from watchtower and the alpine lakes are worth the workout. Spectacular views and nice temps even late summer due to altitude. Even saw a black bear and her cub :)

hiking
4 months ago

7/28/19 While it was 110 degrees in the Central Valley, the high this day was only 78. Needless to say we were enjoying the wonderful weather as we were hiking this wonderful trail. This is a very well maintained trail among a dense forest. There is an abundance of natural springs, water crossings, meadows, and wild flowers. Speaking of water crossings, there are two calf-deep crossings that you could choose to rock-step across and stay dry as I did. Almost all of the water by now is from the many natural springs along the trail. If you carry a filter, you can get away with carrying only 16 oz of water. The trail is tree-shaded for about 90% of the hike. The hike itself is not very strenuous and I would consider it moderate. I also recorded 7.0 miles to reach the bigger lake, which is a little more than stated in the description. There little kids as young as 7 who were hiking to the lakes. The bigger lake was the one we hung out at and it was awesome. There are rocky slopes to the south with spring weather running down into the lake. We hiked towards the southwest shore and enjoyed a lunch while sitting on a boulder (see my recording). The coolest part to me was the many fish in the lake. The story is that long ago, rangers on horseback planted the lake with trout. People we passed by said they were catching a lot of these small trout, which are about 8 inches in length. They seem to be really hungry because if you throw a pebble in the lake, they will dart towards it to see if it’s food. Bring your rod and reel! Anyway, I highly recommend this trail for anyone visiting the area. Another favorite is the more challenging Alta Peak.

This is a very beautiful trail, especially the first sections that overlook the Sierra and pass waterfalls and many wild flowers. We were disappointed in bear paw campsite which was right in the forest and inundated with mosquitoes so we hiked back to Buck creek and camped there overnight. Buck creek is a fast flowing river so really beautiful to camp next to, offering plenty of water. The distance might be challenging for some but overall the trail is easy to follow and generally flat

Awesome hike. Definitely would recommend

backpacking
bugs
4 months ago

The view of the lake was at the end. The trail to the lake was mostly forest and a view of the trees. The MOSQUITOES were some of the worst I’ve ever seen (July), so bring a bug net and repellant if you go in summer for sure.

The views were spectacular, you could look down at Tokepah falls. Definitely a must see!

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snow
4 months ago

It was amazing! Went on this hike two days ago, it was a beautiful view. Definitely bring a gps or a map if going this time of the year. The trail is hard to find at times due to the snow. Also, it seems to be longer than what the trail marker said. The trail head says it is 6.8 miles there and then 6.8 miles back, but my group’s health apps all said we went about 17-18 miles. Overall, amazing hike. Long and difficult but very rewarding.

hiking
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing trail especially between the watchtower and the lake.

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blowdown
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snow
5 months ago

It was a cool adventure, definitely bring a map and compass or gps if going in the next week. Parts of the trail are covered with snow so it was hard to follow. Ended up using a gps to get back to the trail. Wanted to hike up to the peak but to much snow. Was enjoyable but I would wait a couple of weeks to go if you want to stay on trail.

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