hiking
muddy
off trail
snow
13 hours ago

Still quite a bit of snow after the first lake so make sure you download the map. Was still able to make it to the mostly frozen glance in chacos. There is a smallish river crossing where you have a good chance of getting wet. This hike checked all the boxes for me - sweeping views, aspen tunnels, rivers, streams, waterfalls, moose encounter, and 3 gorgeous lakes.

Steep but quick little hike. You do have to go through a residential part to get to the main trail. Overall pretty, if you’re looking for a quick pay off hike.

June 2nd. Trail up to the turnoff to Maybird is fine, but it's very snowy beyond that. The trail is almost completely covered and I turned back without getting particularly close to the lake, as I wasn't sure where the trail was supposed to go, and there aren't too many footprints. Snow is still at least knee deep in many places, and it's warm enough that its getting very soft and slushy in lots of places. Probably need to wait a couple weeks unless you're prepared for a lot of slop and you know where you're going.

Such an easy and quick hike with kids! Waterfall makes it all worth it!

hiking
over grown
snow
3 days ago

I hiked this trail starting at 7:30 AM on June 2, 2020. The lower 1/4 goes through a canopy of maples. A little further up, many beautiful streams were carrying the melting snowpack. Further up, the canopy disappears, and the path provided full sun exposure while doing some switchbacks amidst scrub oak. About 2/3 the way up, (near the 7872 marker on the map at low magnification), I encountered a 70 ft wide snow chute in a ravine with a waterfall above it. The snow was quite packed and slippery. I was hiking by myself and didn't have my microspikes or trekking poles, so I turned back. The trail is a bit scratchy on the legs due to the new growth. But it well worth the trip and I'll try again in a few weeks with the right gear. This is a fun hike with lots of solitude and beautiful running water at lower elevations.

hiking
3 days ago

Great time hiking Friday. This was a little more of a challenge. Once you leave Silver Lake you pretty much are hiking in stream bed until you hit the snow. We were able to hike it without spikes and had a good time making our way up. Still quite a bit of snow, but the falls along the way were cool.

hiking
muddy
snow
4 days ago

It was a good hike, pretty simple and easy trail to get to first lake, second lake is still covered with a lot of snow and frozen over but trail is packed down and it’s not bad to hike on if you follow foot prints

Summit attempt yesterday. Turned around at the knife edge before the base of the summit. Just too warm up there and the snow was too soft at 10-11 AM. Post holing will be a problem from now until it melts off. Trail to the lake is good but be prepared for snow the last mile.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
5 days ago

Went up the first 4.5 miles on 30MAY and camped, then completed the rest of the trail today. Still plenty of snow, but we were able to manage with just our normal hiking shoes. Plenty of water sources available, and I suspect that will continue to be the case for the next 3-4 weeks minimum. Snow at the top and on the cirque really wasn't an issue, but we had to cross a lot of snow to get up to that point. From the top we could see that a good portion of Jacob's Ladder was still covered with snow, so we decided to go back that route, and it was a lot easier than normal when you have to cover all the boulders on Jacob's Ladder. From JL we were able to connect back to the Cherry Canyon Logging Trail after we passed Enniss Peak. All in all we covered 17 miles according to my Garmin.

running
muddy
snow
5 days ago

Trail gets a bit lost in the multiple tributaries from snow melt (at the meadow) but we found it after 5-10 minutes. The boulder field, as mentioned, has snow but it's passable (though caution is advised because it's easy to punch through). I'd recommend giving it a week. Also, if you can help it, never go on a Saturday. At least a billion people heading up as we ran down.

hiking
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

Easy and short trail to bring kids. Beautiful waterfall.

Super awesome hike. The creek is raging right now, and the trail stays close to it most of the way. Both upper and lower falls were flowing heavy too - beautiful stuff. The meadow was serene with little tributaries running all over the place - probably my favorite part of the hike. As of today, 5/29/20, snow starts on the trail about 4.5 miles up but it is totally manageable in trail runners. Once you hit the boulder field it gets a little sketchy with deceptively unstable patches of snow - caution here is advised. Pretty much a wet slog through slush once past the boulders to the reservoir. I, for the most part, stayed above the reservoir to the south and had some impeccable views of lone peak and all the surrounding mountains. Fantastic!

The view is amazing! The last 1/4 of the hike is brutal. There is still a lot of snow. We didn’t make it all the way to the top, but we got really close. There are some trees on the trail which makes it a little hard to move forward sometimes. Because of the snow, it took us way longer than we expected. We started at 6:45 am and got almost to the top by 12:50. With all the snow, we estimated at least 45 more minutes to the top. We headed back at 1:10, and for back to the parking lot by 4:15. Amazing experience. Definitely doing it again.

This was a pretty simple hike that anyone would enjoy. It was a bit crowded and there really isn’t a good area for parking at the trailhead. The waterfall was beautiful! Would recommend bringing some sandals and clothes you do t mind getting wet so you can enjoy the cold water on a hot day.

hiking
5 days ago

Great kid friendly trail.

Very good hike but not too steep. Plenty of shade and creeks so pretty good for dogs. Not many people go up to the second lake so you also have a good chance of seeing elk or moose. You can also summit the peak from the second lake.

Super awesome hike. The creek is raging right now, and the trail stays close to it most of the way. Both upper and lower falls were flowing heavy too - beautiful stuff. The meadow was serene with little tributaries running all over the place - probably my favorite part of the hike. As of today, 5/29/20, snow starts on the trail about 4.5 miles up but it is totally manageable in trail runners. Once you hit the boulder field it gets a little sketchy with deceptively unstable patches of snow and melting snow bridges - caution here is advised. Once past the boulders, it is pretty much a wet slog through slush to the reservoir. I, for the most part, stayed high and made it from south of the reservoir with some impeccable views of Lone Peak and all of the surrounding mountains. Fantastic!

Fun little trail. Uphill most of the time. Took us about 30 mins up and 15 down. We had a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Went around 10 am. After rejoining the trail head from the neighborhood at the beginning, the first 300 feet or so are muddy and the log steps are slippery. The rest of the hike was dry until the actual waterfall area. The Trail is mostly covered with a few scenic openings where you can see the valley. Several other hikers and families were also on the trail. Great for a quick morning hike.

Short and fun trail. Kid friendly . It’s muddy at the beginning and when you’re getting to the waterfall.

Stairs look intimidating at first but truly are nothing to worry about. Very short with a high reward. Neat rock formation. Ton of bright green foliage right now makes for a shady trip.

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