hiking
muddy
rocky
11 hours ago

Loved this hike! The lake is still partially iced over but beautiful. Difficult hike but so worth it!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
12 hours ago

Beautiful hike, lake was gorgeous and peaceful. A little bit of snow left. Saw a fair number of people on the hike but easy to stay distanced. Decided to do Mt. Bandera side trip which was steep and rocky but a good workout and had a pretty view of the lake. Giving this trail four stars because of the relatively large potholes on the road to the parking lot (but I did make it carefully driving in a small coupe).

i love this hike, its one of my favorites! it's a great leg burner but is totally worth it! the lake is beautiful and bridal veil falls is flowing harder than before! there is no snow and the trail is in good condition!

Hiked to the bridge 2 miles before Surprise Lake May 9 where the switch backs heading up start. Turned back do to the heavy snow covered trail. Before this point there were some fallen trees and snow covered areas but still passable. At the start of the hike through the lower fields, saw a heard of over 40 Elk, first time in years.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 day ago

We went on the 28th and the trailhead was already pretty crowded by around 9:30 AM but not too many hikers on the way up. It’s well maintained and a good climb up- bring good hiking boots because the scramble up to Bandera Mountain is snowy and icy in some patches although the steepest part is not. I managed just fine without spikes or poles. The descent down to mason lake is slushy and muddy as well but totally doable. We were down by around 3 PM after spending about an hour and a half at the mountain and lake.

Excellent diverse hike. The falls are at extreme levels right now and cover a spot on the trail. Great short hike close to the highway.

We somehow missed the loop and did out and back which was longer maybe 2 miles. Lots of mud and downed trees. A lot of over and under. The forest is beautiful and the lake is quiet. Relatively flat, easy hike. It was overcast so we missed the Mountain View.

This trail is long, steep and rocky prepare for that. Technical moving over large rocks. I recommend good shoes, socks and poles. Might bring an extra pair of socks in case a foot ends up in a water crossing. The lake is still mostly frozen. There are beautiful waterfalls flowing into it along the sides of the mountains. Take the trail to the falls. It is worth it!!

Incredibly beautiful hike--quite a few people on the trail mid-week, though. Most elevation last 2.5 miles

hiking
snow
1 day ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
1 day ago

Hiked around 3pm and made it to Talapus lake and back down. Took just about an hour to get up and then back to the bottom. Not too many people at that time, plenty of parking spaces. Not too tough of a hike either! Recommend for kids!

Trail is open. Good to go. Only did the first lake. No snow.

We went on a nice cool day it was around 65 we originally were just going to do the falls but decided to do the lake as well it took us all around 6 hours the falls trail was well kept but a lot of incline and stairs. The lake trail was very rocky in parts lots of incline where times your just going straight up. Bring lots of fluids and a few light snacks. I definitely would not recommend taking kids there are parts your can easily slip an fall and it's not just a light drop. Overall the views is what made this hike worth it I mean when I say WORTH IT . It was AMAZING! Not very crowed either but you do see people along the way. If you have the time patience I definitely would recommend doing both each are spectacular in their own ways.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 days ago

hiking
snow
2 days ago

Did this last week. Absolutely beautiful views up top. Last mile is pure snow straight up hill. I didn’t have polls but that would’ve helped. Not to busy went on a weekday.

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