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Love this trail. Mountain perfection! Creek crossing is safe right now. There is small patches of snow at the lake but you won't see any on the trail. If you got sweet blood like I do, bug spray is a must! Mosquitos are out and hungry!! Great elevation gain hike & views to kill for!

Everything Stacy said- she was right on and I couldn’t say it any better. Quick and easy hike with maximum payoff. Absolutely worth the effort as the views are simply stunning!

backpacking
17 hours ago

The hike took us about 6 hours from the trail head to Jennie lake. The hike was very strenuous there are some shade parts and some sunny part. We did the loop from Jennie lakes but we couldn’t find the trail that loop around to weaver lake so we had to boulder hop down the mountain luckily I was looking on the map on my GPS to find my way to Weaver Lake

hiking
17 hours ago

Easy trail for kids. We went in the late afternoon; not many other people on the trail and the trees were stunning in the afternoon light.

hiking
1 day ago

One of the highest quality hikes in the sierras
The trail is rock and rut free
Start early to avoid mid- day heat
As of June 18 the snow is no longer

Completed this hike on 6-16-2018. The trail has consistent up climbing for the first 3 miles. It’s not too bad until the elevation gets to you. The trail was easy to follow and we only crossed a hand full of hikers. The hike itself is not done for the views but once you arrive at the lakes, you won’t regret it. The bugs aren’t too bad but if you stop for any length of time on any part of the trail, you will have a swarm of mosquitos around you. Make sure you bring bug spray and sun screen.

We hiked in with a lunch and about 1 gallon of water and the hike took a total of 8 hours. That time included exploration at the lakes, a hike around the lake and plenty of picture breaks. If you are going to do the hike in a day, I would suggest following the trail to the 10k mark of elevation to see the lake from above. We hiked in the rocks to the east of the lake as high as we could but it would have been nice to make it to the top of the rock rim.

The trail is not as steep as the summit lake hike out of shake camp in the sequoia national park. The trail does not have any surprises but the main river crossing at least around this time may be difficult for those who don’t want to get wet. I’m sure later on it will dry up a bit to stop that issue.

Lastly, I completed a 4 mile hike 7 months prior and had very little preparation for this hike. I was able to complete it with energy to spare but I did need a few days to recuperate. Anyone with any amount of experience can complete this hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail. Steep. Gets hot. Bring water

Amazing trail. Only bad thing is, lots of anoying mosquitos.

walking
3 days ago

packed. lite hike but steep. could not locate a picnic table. tourist spot

walking
3 days ago

tourist spot. cute area tho.

Was at the general for 9am amd there were o ly a few people around. By 10am the crowds had started to appear. Go early if you want peace amd time to wander at your own pace!

Really nice trail. Did meet a few people who attempted in flip-flops and sandles with no water - I would not advise!
The waterfalls at the end were every bit worth the walk up, and I also got to see a baby bear on the trail! Would recommend :)

A really nice easy trail :)

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

These trees are so incredibly majestic. I appreciate that the park service has made the trails to these monuments accessible to all. There is no reason to not do this trail while in the area.

Great views and very relaxing lakes. We were told by the ranger that the Watchtower trail is closed so we hiked the Hump trail. If you don't have permit beforehand try to get to Lodgepole visitor center early morning to secure a spot at Pear Lake. We stayed the night at Emerald Lake and it had two bear box in case you don't want to carry a bear canister. Take mosquito repellent for sure!!

Good campground, late May, mule deer in our campsite, restrooms clean, easy access to water and trash, very quite about 9:00 pm, good family campground, be careful of snakes - tall grass. Everyone very friendly campground. Hike to fall took about 2:30 up and 1:30 down.

hiking
6 days ago

I loved this hike so much! it was a beautiful hike and a beautiful view. My 9 and 11 year old did a great job.

Great trip this weekend. Absolutely no one up at pear lake overnight. Except I would recommend mosquito repellent. They were quite aggressive

This loop was more difficult than I anticipated and more beautiful than I could have imagined. The pictures don't do it justice. The altitude and the grade of the slopes make it difficult and the distances were longer than what is stated on the trail guides. I tracked my progress with my Garmin GPS watch and racked up considerably more distance than indicated on the maps. Maybe the maps don't account for the switchbacks or when the trail goes up and down in elevation? The snow also added to the difficulty and made it a bit more dangerous. I think I could do the loop more easily now that I know what lays ahead of me and I also think it would be easier when the snow melts off the slopes. I highly recommend this trail. Its one of those adventures that will make you ask "What was I thinking" during the hike and a week after you get home and recover you'll be trying to figure out how you can return and do it again.

Nice views hiking up. Getting to the water is the best part and following the unmaintained trail for a bit leads to some neat spots. Went in early June and parts of the trail were littered with ladybugs just done hibernating.

Hiked to Pear a few days ago via the Watchtower route (it’s open!). Fantastic hike, although the mosquitos nearly ate me alive at the lakes, especially Pear.

Nice hike not to strenuous. Nice looking lake water still very cold every time I’m at a alpine lake I have to take a dip in. Plenty of brown Trout caught a few in just a hour very good day.

hiking
7 days ago

Previous descriptions are quite accurate, trail is gorgeous with lovely wooded areas, pretty flowers, butterflies, rocky areas and marmots! The peak is amazing and provides a true 360 view, not to be missed! Tracked on all trails and it was longer than stated. There's a rocky area about a quarter mile before the peak. The peak is higher up with 360 views so don't be fooled by the first granitey area. We also heard a low grade vibration in the trees that was a bit spooky and we talked to other hikers who heard it too. Asked a park ranger later who told us it was a growse. Look them up they are cool!

Amazing hike, one of my absolute favorites. Me and my husband hiked this trail two weeks ago. The weather was perfect, not too hot and only a little bit of snow at the top. Plenty of water on the way. It is a tough day hike though and the altitude takes it’s toll on you. A number of people we passed couldn’t make it to the top. Still, the views of snowy Sierra peaks are totally worth it.

Franklin lakes is one of my favorite hikes, beautiful views, random deer along the way. In any given summer I’ll day hike it a few times...

Hiked to Eagle Lake on Memorial Day weekend. Amazing views. The air was fresh, weather was crisp.

Beautiful hike along a beautiful stream in the beginning. It's all rocky at the end, but still easy.

backpacking
9 days ago

This hike was so beautiful!!
We backpacked the weekend of May 26!
We had to take new army pass because old army pass isn’t maintained and I think it was covered in snow passed lake #3. We were told by the rangers that it was impassible.
New army pass has beautiful views! I loved it!! We camped at high lake which was pretty secluded because most people camped at long lake.
Unfortunately we were not able to summit due to ice at the top of the first peak. I would recommend bringing crampons or micro spikes if it’s still snowy up there! Other people made it without the spikes but it’s pretty dangerous to do so! We chose not to risk it and turned around.
Either way I still loved it and want to try again soon!

We LOVED this hike! Stunning views during the whole hike with a steady climb through out. This hike gives a lot of rest time between your uphill climbs which was greatly appreciated. Would do this hike again and again.

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