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Did this trail on Nov. 8, 2019 and it was in excellent condition. A bit rocky at first but not icy on this particular weekend. Gorgeous views of Donner Lake.

hiking
bugs
2 days ago

Hiked this trail last year and loved it! For anyone that hiked it recently, is there any snow on the trail?

The 6 miles of rocky dirt road to reach this trailhead and the steep descent at the start of the hike make this less than perfect. The views are perfect! We lost the trail briefly on the granite incline.

backpacking
7 days ago

Was out here Nov 2, 2019 and ran into three families and a few mountain bikers. Got lucky as the weather was incredible. The trail pretty much followed the track. Watch the map on the detour so you stay left at the fork. If you don't you will end up at the lake and think the trail ends. There are few inclines that will work up a light sweat. There were a few places the trail was hard to follow. I used the app and easily found the tail again. Definitely worth the hike for me.

Ok so, FIRST : I’ve hiked a ton of hard trails on all trails and none really have been . HOWEVER this one is not that. I’m hurting still 15 hours after starting this hike. I ended up with 13.7 at 7hrs and was gassed. Couple tips . No snow at least today(1 nov 19) you need at LEAST 4L of water for this hike. I heard a fairly large animal on the pct portion stomp through the brush near me dunno what but be aware. It’s a straight up ...straight down ...straight up hike with a lot of loose stones so plz come prepared. I love this hike and will be doing it again! ...once I recover

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rocky
scramble
13 days ago

Easy to find. Not the most well marked trail, but usually easy to get back on immediately after you realize you might be off. The steep areas are not very long so for the most part it is a gradual assent. When you reach the railroad tracks the trail continues directly across the tracks. Lots of fall colors and mossy trees. Ample shade and sun. The lakes are side by side, gorgeous and peaceful. I highly recommend this trail for an early yo late fall hike because it was nice and cool, with some warmth when less shaded. Probably great for swimming in the summer as well. I would do this one again. GPS (Strava) had us at 8.2 total miles, but probably would have been a lot more had we kept going past the second lake as we had been, but we decided to head back and call it a day!

Beautiful views along the route and at the top. If you want to scramble up the side of a mountain take the Old Volcano Lake Trail or go 1/4 mile more and take the maintenance road up

Nice trail. Pretty well marked. Only saw 2 other people all day.

A bit of a rocky path to start and finish, but spectacular views from the top.

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

Not super well marked so this app was a lifesaver. Intermediate level hike that took me about 3.5 hrs round trip to the first lake from the trail head. Stunning scenery. Lots of lose rocks and some moderately steep inclines.

hiking
23 days ago

trail marking isn't as good as it used to be. the app saved us mistakes more than once. trail has also been re-cut a couple miles in, not reflected on the app map

Beautiful hike! We left the trail head at about 12:30 and returned about 4, but that's with stopping for picnic by the lake. There was plenty of shade and a number of beautiful views (waterfalls, creeks, river pools and lake). Downloaded the map of the trail and that was definitely helpful as there are a couple places you could easily take a wrong turn. Heads up that the switchbacks are not on the all trails map and I think that's why the actual mileage is more like 5.5 instead of the 4.6 shown in the description.

hiking
rocky
scramble
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This was a pretty nice trail. They are doing work on it so there are new routes. This map will need to be updated. The best part was the destination.

This is a great hike however it’s a bit misleading. It’s definitely not “hard” nor is it nearly 5.8 miles. It was no more than 2 miles one way. Nonetheless it is beautiful once you get to the lake. Well worth it, just was expecting more of a challenge with distance and stamina. How to get there: Once you take the turn towards packer lake and go over the bridge, it is your first left turnout. Thanks to a previous poster, it is the mile marker “622-1” with a brown sign above it that says “dead end road not maintained”. Park there. You will see the gravel “trail” and that is the start of your hike. There are no signs for this hike. Less than 1/4 mile in, you will come across water. You can cross it on a dry well balanced log on the right. About 1.5 miles in you will hit a fork where you can go straight or take the trail to the right. Take it to the right if you want to go to volcano lake. The sign for “volcano lake” is up high on a tree above tall bushes at this fork and I can see how someone might miss it so keep an eye out for it.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Good hike 46-52 YO hikers. Great views. Awesome views and interesting rock formations at Donner Peak. Great view on the backside of the loop. A little ice on the trail, but not so much that you couldn’t get by it with trail running shoes.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I am just becoming an intermediate rider and it was challenging for me. Dips, climbs, roots and rocks to get around with some granny gear and quick pedaling. Parked at White Cloud camping and went past little amphitheater, down the newly logged area and left onto the trail. Pretty views and easy in the beginning but got steep in a couple areas. Really good trail to learn new skills on. Ended at the open parking (graveled) which took me to Hallelujah Trail- I survived that one, but had no business being on it. 4 crashes and lots of fear!

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Lake view is great specially in the morning when wind is not blowing. You will see reflection of the trees in the lake. Trail is bit confusing because of rocks, not easy to see where we are going.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Glacier Lake was more of a marshy meadow but the trail did redeem itself with mountain range views and snow capped peaks, especially on the Sandy Ridge section. Get ready for some slushy snow and mud throughout the hike so poles are highly recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Much prefer the Paradise lake trail head. But Warren a solid hike w beautiful lake

hiking
1 month ago

Tough switchbacks on the way out. Great hike though. Awesome camping. Great views into Warren lake. Amazing sunrise

I hiked this series of trails last Thursday, 9-26-19. Excellent weather: sunny (but not hot - mid 70's) and not a cloud in the sky, with a light breeze blowing in the afternoon. I saw a few people by Feeley Lake at the beginning, and a few more at the end -- otherwise, I had the entire trail to myself for the day. I recommend taking the Glacier Lakes trail towards Glacier Lake - there is some elevation gain but it's fairly gradual. Best part is coming up the rise about 10 minutes before you arrive at Glacier Lake -- you are greeted by the Black Buttes right in front of you, and it is awesome! Afterwards, continue the circuit up onto Sand Ridge Trail -- again, some elevation gain, but not terrible. Amazing views from the top of the ridge in all directions. I dipped my feet in at Glacier Lake while eating lunch and it was pretty dang cold, which is no surprise because it's fed by snowmelt from a patch about 500 feet away from the edge of the lake. On the way back I detoured to Round Lake for a moment and contemplated jumping in for a swim but by then the breeze had picked up a bit and I decided against it. Saw multiple fish jumping in both of these lakes. The road between Bowman Lake Rd and Carr campground is passable in a high clearance vehicle, no 4WD necessary. The last mile +/- of the road is the worst, just gotta take it slow. I got bit a mosquito in the first half hour walking past one of the swampy ponds between Feeley and Island Lakes. Other than that, didn't see any bugs the whole day.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Great views on this trail, snow present however most melted by the time we turned back. Would recommend solid boots for this as it was very slick upon descent. In all would recommend

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