Slippery at points would definitely go back. We did it in the morning a couple bottles of water and and nice shoe picks would have been nice. Beautiful view and nice people along the way and the notes that are left on trees and the snow.
Absolutely LOVE this hike. The trails were not that busy, but everyone must have been at the summit as it was very busy up there. Although cold and windy many, many people hung around up there for quite a while. The view is spectacular, see the photos I posted. This is a great hike!
GPS will take you to private property. The trail starts on the left before you see the private property signs on Jesus Valley Drive. Read the first few signs on the trail carefully, it's a little confusing because there are multiple trails to multiple summits, in addition to a snowmobile trail and a Boy Scout camp. There was a good amount of snow and ice, despite not having much snow this winter. I wish I had brought crampons or something to help provide traction on the steeper and icier parts of the hike. Otherwise, a fun hike with some fantastic views.
I would classify this as moderate. It's not a real long hike, and the only hard thing we found was finding the trail right at the very top. Hard to figure where it goes. So we just kept going straight up at one point. Great views of the lake when you summit Mt. Major. Well worth the effort. We got here mid week and barely found a place to park. It was packed. Fairly well signed at the bottom, so it wasn't tough to get started. Nice to be able to take a different route down as this loop does. Short and sweet!!
I had hiked this trail with my family several times growing up, but last year we went back for the first time in years. The views of the lake are awesome. We took our corgi and it was super manageable for him, we only had to lift him down for a higher rock going down once.
I only give this a 3 because I'm not a fan of highway trails up the mountain. this one has definitely been hiked by so many that it is expanded beyond its width and not one of my favorite ways up major. Takes a round about gradual path.