I grew up a couple miles from the lake, we used to ride our bikes to the lake and hike the ridge at least once a week during the summer. It is a wonderful hike with beautiful views. Also the lake at the bottom makes for a great swim once you get back down, I recommend swimming out to the rock and taking a few jumps off! Unfortunately now it is so crowded and over used. Good luck finding parking, get there super early to get a spot in the lot
First time here. Hit the trail at 6, to see sunrise at 7:11 on this bright blue day. Saw very few people on the way up. Trail is wet in areas, but easily manageable. No snow. 2 trees across trail. 1 easy to step over, the other easy to duck under. Steady incline the 2 miles up to the ledge. Chilly up top. Ice in spots on ledge. Quickly became crowded with people and dogs. Lots of dogs barking/fighting, taking away from the tranquility. Beautiful view. Happy to cross this one off my list, but not in any hurry to revisit, due to popularity and congestion going down. Can't imagine how packed it must be in summer.
Perfect short hike for a sunny day, especially when you need a hike close to the city. It's really convenient because no pass is needed for parking and I feel safe parking there when climbing Rattlesnake Ledge or biking the John Wayne trail. Views on a sunny day are awesome and worth the 50 minute climb up.
Great hike. First time here. Parked in upper lot that requires a discover pass. Got there around 1:15pm and there were a handful of cars in lot. The toilets at the trail head are gross. Just mostly because people that use them don't take care of them. Mess all over the floor etc. nasty. Clean up after yourselves yo!!! Trail itself is nice. Starts at the lot then crosses several FR junctions. Well marked and signed. There's snow at Stan's Overlook and also further up the trail which I decided to check out. This has got to be a beautiful trail in Spring/Summer. There's all sorts to see from rushing rivers to open fields and deep forest. Only met a handful of people down and up and was pretty much just me and my two dogs. If you do venture further than SO I recommend yaktrax or micro spikes. So easy to get to too off of I-90. There's also an MTB park here as well.