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light snow and ice, falls and creek completely iced over. just below freezing at the falls, 45 at the trailhead.

trail running
2 days ago

The ascent to the lake is crowded but luckily the trail connects to a few systems past the reservoir so it's much easier to get some separation. The ascent past the reservoir was delightfully persistent; I never felt a true summit was reached even after 5.5 miles and turned back. It was a pretty intense incline which was great because I mostly saw other people on foot. Definitely would go back to explore the back systems.

Beautiful trail. Can make it with a sport stroller a fair distance.

Road was closed to vehicles, ended up 11.5 mile round trip.

hiking
10 days ago

Unfortunately, the trail is closed. :-( I emailed the Cave of the Winds at info@caveofthewinds.com and they said it has been closed since 2013. They used to offer waivers for hikers wishing to hike on their property many years ago. But as of now, they do not seek to open the canyon for public access. Anyone trespassing can be ticketed. Very sad. But, I guess it is a pretty big liability for them .

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

Loved this trail. Great hike with my 4 and 3 year old.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this today with great ease!! Drove my '05 Ford focus to the 379 trailhead via old stage road which took approximately 40min from the bottom of it. My odometer read 11.5mi when we reached the parking area on the left side of the road. The road is in good enough condition to take any reliable vehicle down which I recommend vs taking the longer route through gold camp road. Everything was smooth and easy to find. Highly recommend.

mountain biking
16 days ago

Great! Sorta weird when you get to the reservoir. But other wise a great trail for biking.

hiking
16 days ago

Must have high clearance vehicle to get to trail head, well worth the almost 45 min drive to reach the trail head. Hike is not bad and views are amazing!