hiking
11 hours ago

I’m overweight and don’t have a lot of stamina for hiking but I was able to complete this hike with a few stops. It’s a great hike to a beautiful waterfall, worth the effort. Probably a pretty easy hike for most people.

Beautiful trail and scenery. The top is worth it! Keep going!

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail, quite open gentle grade great views

Beautiful trail—-daisies and lupine everywhere

hiking
muddy
snow
4 days ago

Good hike, one creek is flowing good so you have to go up and around, lots of water running down parts of the trail. Lots of snow still but a lot of trail marking footprints to help out. Was a splashing good time!

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail. Pretty steady and consistent uphill. Most of the trail is through the woods with plenty of shade. Beautiful views at the top.

hiking
flooded
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Spent one night at Crater Lake 5.27.20 I would give the trail a few more weeks to thaw out unless you don’t mind post holing. One section of trail about a half mile from the lake got a little tricky due to snow pack. Was nice having the trail and lake to ourselves. Wear gators, bring gps and trekking poles. The trail is obvious for the most part with our tracks in the snow.

hiking
muddy
snow
5 days ago

A few patch’s of snow towards the top with a sprinkling of mud, amazing views

hiking
6 days ago

I remember as a child watching shows about hikers stuck in the mountains with no hope at all. This hike made me understand the physical and mental torment the great outdoors provide. There is a ton of snow! so gear will be needed, but if you love slip and slides of snow into a pool of jagged rocks then go with no gear(you a beast). Overall I would say this hiking experience was like slamming your big toe into the side of a wall for 6 hours straight. This place will forever be known as “Hoe Mountain” because it absolutely was a major hoe. Follow @harris_hikers on IG

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
6 days ago

One of the first things I will say is the road is okay up until the last 2 miles. I underestimated the reviews and highly recommend a truck or 4 wheel drive vehicle. It gets extremely rocky and deep dips in the road almost impossible with a 4 door sedan. The hike was beautiful but during this time of the year (May-June) there becomes a point where the trail is covered with nothing but snow and makes it impossible to make it to the lake unless proper equipment is used. We still hiked about 2 hours up to that point. It is a still a beautiful hike and has amazing views. I will be doing it again when the snow melts. AGAIN if you don’t have a high suspension vehicle I do not recommend driving up there. I can’t stress enough it is very rocky and tough to maneuver arriving to the trail head.

I hiked to Crater Lake during the summer of 1973 and spent 11 days there with a friend. The scenery was spectacular. Most memorable were the hikes under the moonlight toward the saddle at the top of the ridge overlooking the Animas River Valley. The air at that altitude is so clear that you could clearly see the other side of the valley, about 6 miles away. The hike getting there was not easy, with gear for 11 days, but the trip stands out as a highlight of my life. Also, we did not catch any fish in this high mountain lake.

Beautiful trail! Not super difficult, we took 3 kids. Lots of trees for shade. We loved this hike! Will definitely do it again sometime. The trail head is about a mile (give or take) from the parking lot we walked and did fine. 4x4 or high vehicle needed for driving after parking lot to trail head.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
9 days ago

Gorgeous trail at every turn! About 3 miles up is when the snow starts to appear. I only hiked 6 miles in, stopping at the base of the steep rocky section because it was too snowy. Still an amazing day hike, even if weather doesn’t permit the summit!

Pretty trail, a nice and easy walk. Very shaded

hiking
bugs
rocky
9 days ago

Great hike. Very good trail for the first 2 miles. Trail gets steeper and there is more snow, water, mud, and rocks in the trail for the rest of the climb. Don’t miss the turn to the right, up the hill, maybe 100-200 meters after the cabin There is no sign for the turn

hiking
10 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail and it wasn’t too difficult. Lots of beautiful scenery to see along the way, and my pup seemed to enjoy it as well!

Top is still snowed in.

hiking
11 days ago

Attempted this hike May 25, 2020 but, after about an hour, had to turn around due to snow obscuring the trail. Otherwise, it was looking to be a great hike. I'll try again some other time.

11 days ago

great view! bring a picnic.

Beautiful wildflowers- makes this hike spectacular. Not much shade but ok for spring days.

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