Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Sierra National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Went yesterday, I was the only person there.the waterfall was icy, it was stunning

Great views!

Absolutely beautiful trail. Only hiked a mile of it but I'll definitely be back!

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome trail. Simple and easy. Took my whole family. Father who is 70 was able to complete it. My son who is 4 talked the whole way up. He definitely didn’t struggle. Beautiful views

ohv/off road driving
9 days ago

First time for real off-roading for me in an old used TJ. Had the whole mountain to ourselves since it was a Friday. 33” tires on 2 inch lift. Used rear ARB locker once on the left fork of the trail. Did not air down since I don’t yet have a portable compressor. Would recommend the left fork for a new off-roading enthusiast because it will pucker you up with a challenge but won’t get you or your vehicle hurt (shouldn’t anyway!). Definitely would recommend airing down if possible. Our ride was rougher than it needed to be. Toward the top of the trail or last 1/4 or so of the trail, the trail widens out and it can be difficult to know where to go. I purchased the AllTrails Pro version before heading up and it was very much worth having the trail app/gps tell me where to stay on course. I’m a cheapskate on expenses but figured my safety was worth the cost. It was. (I look forward to getting more out of the app, I didn’t even use all its features.) Anyway, going down was easy after spending two hours climbing. By the time I got to the top, felt like a seasoned veteran of off-roading. Definitely DO NOT go alone if it is your first time. It will greatly enhance your ability to climb and crawl if you have someone that can spot for you and give you a line on where to steer. Once me and my passengers got that figured out, we made a lot of progress quickly. They only had to get out two or three times to be safe and sure. I look forward to talking the harder right fork of the trail next time but plan to bring more equipment and gear. I have a winch but no straps and no air compressor for the tires. Such is Jeep life, always something.

easy but beautiful, if you want to sound of a creek just keep going down and you will see that. plenty of Peace along the way and nice benches to enjoy. #ChiefUNcut

Amazingly beautiful. I have been hiking this trail since I was 3. Absolutely a must if your at Huntington Lake. Gentle climb that most can do.

ohv/off road driving
off trail
rocky
15 days ago

I read the other reviews before I tried the trail.. If someone writes a review saying this trail is easy, they are wrong. I have a Polaris RZR with heavily modded suspension. There were several stock jeeps and a 4runner that did not make it to the top (the lookout station). There are 3 or 4 technical spots on the last 2-3 miles of the trail that stock vehicles will not be able to get through. I myself panned out a couple of times. Nice and knowledgeable fire watcher at the lookout. Overall a great ride if you can make it to the top.

Great hike, esp for kids. Trees and waterfalls are heavenly for city weary LA folk.

ohv/off road driving
20 days ago

16 Silverado Z71 did the whole trail with several Toyota’s Fun trail Can get tight for full size! Z71 NATION! Lots of rocks

hiking
closed
22 days ago

Road to Camp Chawanakee was closed so we had to walk the road to get to trailhead. Scenery was ok

hiking
closed
22 days ago

Road to Chawanakee was closed so we couldn't do the hike. Not sure if it's just closed for the season or what. We were bummed!

walking
closed
22 days ago

Trail was closed due to construction.

hiking
22 days ago

It was a nice little walk for our family consisting of me, my husband, our two year old son, two week old son, and a Labrador puppy. We took a stroller which I do NOT recommend. Once you get to the logging road the dirt is really loose from all the trees they've been downing, so the stroller from the road to the water was rough. There was hardly anyone there, the weather was incredible, the trail was shady, the water was cool and clear. Our pup loved it. Our two year old (almost three) rode in the stroller but could've walked it.

hiking
off trail
rocky
26 days ago

This is an epic trail, very fun. I did this trail on my stock 4runner and I had no issues. I got to say that a lift and rock sliders is a plus, but again if i did it with my stock vehicle you can make it !!take the challenge. Perfect trail to hike , camp and bike ride and of course 4X4 the trail goes out of rock creek road , just take trail to the left at the first fork. Amazing views and perfect for sunset . #osolockos

Nice secluded trail. Not too steep. Dog friendly. Waterfalls were not impressive but still worth the trip.

hiking
over grown
28 days ago

Didn’t actually make it to the trailhead. Seemed like we would have to walk on the side of the road, with no shoulder, for 5 minutes. There was a nice river though :)

hiking
scramble
29 days ago

the first half it's pretty easy to follow the trail. In between it gets a little tricky to see where the trail is going, but absolutely stunning foliage in the fall

Easy loop if you want a convenient loop near the Tenaya Lodge.

hiking
over grown
rocky
29 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

A nice walk to the lake and along the dam. There’s a stunning view from along the top of the dam. The area is undergoing tree removal so the ground is torn up in places from maintenance vehicles. Still a nice easy hike though

Great trail with beautiful waterfalls. Nice to see people bring their dogs and children. A lot of families but not over crowded. Pretty steep stairs and some tricky terrain with rocks and roots so wear sturdy shoes with good grip. Pack a lunch, a good book and stay a while at the pools. Such beautiful scenery.!

Not knowing where to go for hikes in Bass Lake, this was an excellent first choice. Hard time finding it, no real directions. It’s 4.3 miles along north shore from Hwy 41. A pull out that says No Parking but drive down the road to the lot, we started uphill to the left of lot, trail runs along the river with lots of access points, at least in October but it’s obvious more water happens at other times of the year. Beautiful river, fall colors. We connected with upper trail after crossing the river at the top where there are pipes, continuing another mile or so til Devils Landslide, another falls. Don’t miss that! We did not make a loop but came back the same way. Dog friendly and fun river trail

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
30 days ago

Great hike. The trail can be hard to follow at the beginning but the views are worth it.

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