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Been up and down this trail 7 or 8 times over the years. Photographers point is always a great rest stop.

backpacking
2 days ago

easy hike until the last 5 miles. It gets steep. We did a loop from the trail head to Ethel,Vera, Macs Lake, to blueberry lake. We ran into a bear down in Boulder Canyon, but did not see any elk or moose. took us three days to complete

hiking
17 days ago

One of the prettiest places I've ever been. fairly easy hike with some steep areas, but nothing to be afraid of. When I went their were tons of mosquitos. The fishing is good if you have the patience for them. overall, I would recommend this as one of the best places to go in the US.

So many gorgeous lakes and rugged mountain peaks, making these climbs absolutely worth it. Awesome great dispersed camping all the way up to Lonesome Lake.

Great Labor Day hike; tons of friendly people!

hiking
24 days ago

Unreal trip, bugs were nowhere to be found which was great, didn't even bother putting deet on. Got a great spot at island lake for the night. Wish i would've done two nights on the trail, maybe another night on Seneca Lake? Was a little busier than i expected for a Monday.

backpacking
25 days ago

Started in Elkhart Park (yes, parking lot is packed) on August 11th and hiked to Seneca Lake as we got a later start than anticipated. The next day we hiked into the basin. Yes, the trail is pretty busy up to Island Lake. Once you get past Island Lake, there are less and less people. The farther into the basin you go, the more secluded you become. We would see less than half a dozen people per day. We spent a good while looking for a nice spot with some wind block (we found it to be nearly impossible to accomplish this) but we hiked all the way to the uppermost lake in the basin and found a great spot. There are multiple great spots if you hike to the very beginning of the last lake by the cascading waterfall. We had a hard time finding a big enough boulder to hang our food but got it done. Titcomb Basin is magical. We decided to stay an extra day because we didn’t want to leave. The wind can be pretty bad and we had one day where it was relentless. Some people nearby couldn’t keep their tent up and ultimately slept outside in their sleeping bags on a pretty chilly night. There were mosquitos but they weren’t as bad as we expected and we never had to use nets or anything. We hiked back out on August 15th. We did hike out in one day which is doable but don’t underestimate it. It may seem like little elevation gain but it’s constant ups and downs that can wear a person out. Can’t wait to get back here someday...it’s unreal!

We don’t want to scare anyone, but we found #peteh’s carnage and the remains of the person that the swarm of mosquitos swept off and devoured....

In better news, this hike was beautiful. We did the loop (Big Sandy TH to Dad’s Lake-Shadow Lake-Texas Pass-Jackass Pass- Big Sandy Lake and back out to the TH). There was quite a lot of traffic on the trail, but it is isolated and pristine. Mosquitos clearly had their fill in early August. Texas pain-in-the-arse-pass was hard but doable and there many trails down the valley that all lead to Lonesome Lake. After the lake, as you either go over or around Jackass Pass and travel the south side of Arrowhead Lake, stay high over the boulders- it’s a hard and hairy scramble. If you find a blue 1.5 L water bottle (he advised not to carry such a large vessel), please return to Archibald Rita of the Rita clan of Northern Virginia). As for the rest of the hike- as you descend into the unnamed lake after the boulder scramble, go down to the water and then follow the path around the north east shore that will take you across what looks like an untraverseable slab of rock across to Big Sandy Lake.

Happy trails y’all!

Fantastic 3-day trip in the Winds! Rather than taking the little jaunt north to Cook Lakes as seen in the AllTrails map, I highly recommend summitting Mount Lester. We camped at Little Seneca Lake on night 1 after hiking from the popular Elkhart TH. Day two we hiked just past Pole Creek Lakes on this loop, and we climbed Mount Lester (12,324 ft) as we came across Lester Pass on the Highline Trail. A fun moderate climb to the top, ascending from the Southwest. A few scrambles, but nothing crazy. Then we hiked back out from Pole Creek Lakes on day three. Beware a couple stream crossing that required wading (never more than knee deep), and the area is quite buggy, so bring spray. Encountered one black bear at camp while sleeping, but no issues other than rolling our bear canister around a bit before moving on. The second half of this loop was pretty lightly trafficked, while Elkhart is quite busy. All in all, a fantastic three day backpacking trip.

on Titcomb Basin Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Outstanding! Hiked from the trailhead at Elkhardt Park to Titcomb Basin from August 16-22, 2018. Weather was absolutely perfect and the scenery/landscape some of the most picturesque throughout the country.

The walk to Big Sandy Lake is flat and beautiful. Really a hike you could do with anyone at any age, it’s just a long six miles. Everything beyond Big Sandy Lake will be straight up so the walk in being flat moves quickly and not very strenuous! Big Sandy Lake makes a great base camp of you wanted to break up your trek to the Cirque or East Temple. Lots of people, lots of wildflowers, some bugs!

backpacking
1 month ago

although it really is gorgeous, it has become overrun with people. There were 32 cars in the parking lot this morning, and I couldn't go more than a mile without stepping off trail for another hiker or a pack team. the area is really starting to show the use. I liked the trail, and am happy to have gone, but I would highly suggest branching off from this trail to another less used trail.

This hike was magnificent. I recommend starting before 10am if you want to do the whole thing in a day. I didn't come across many mosquitos at all. Weather was beautiful and the lake is a great place to stop and take a dip in before or after taking on the steep part of the trail. I will definitely be coming back here for a camping trip.

Mosquitoes not bad. LOTS of people on the trail as we hiked out Saturday and the lot was overflow. But a great place to spend the week.

hiking
1 month ago

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

Parking lot was jam packed. Trail was great. Camping was beautiful. We stayed on the south side near between both lakes.

Just finished this hike early today. We did the loop with a night at Big Sandy and the second night at Dads lake.

The Cirque is a great spot, but stopping there is a mistake. Views from Texas Pass are amazing and a great sense of accomplishment accompanied summiting. Shadow Lake and Dads lake are also gems that would be missed if not doing the loop.

In the 25 miles trail navigation difficulty was only an issue at Lonesome Lake/Texas Pass area as cairns seem to be all over. However, this was also a highlight for my wife who loved scrambling through boulders. You will work hard to get to top, just to look down and see that your heading straight down. BUT it’s well worth it.

This hike offers streams, lakes, peaks, forests, wild flowers everywhere. Only thing we missed out on seeing was wildlife.

**As for mosquitos, I only had a problem when I didn’t spray. When I sprayed they seemed to leave me alone.

backpacking
1 month ago

Did this gorgeous hike July 22nd-25th. Started the hike late on Sunday and decided to camp at Miller Lake. We had the entire place to ourselves! We spent two nights at Island Lake and hiked to the basin and back for a day trip. The weather was incredible, but the bugs were incessant. I’d definitely recommend deet, long sleeves and pants, and a face net. Even with all of those items, it was still rough to stand still outside of the tent for longer than 10 minutes. The scenery was out of this world, and I would gladly do this hike again. It was more challenging than people made it out to be, but it was not brutal.

The parking lot was overflowing, and the trail was moderately crowded. I enjoyed the views of the river that runs adjacent the trail. We camped on the southwest side of Big Sandy Lake where the outlet flows into the adjacent lake. Beautiful spot. Mosquitoes weren't as bad as expected. Big Sandy is a great place to base camp with several day hike options. I'll be back!

Beutiful easy hike lots of bugs at shadow lake and dads lakes
Great campsites did not see any animals

We did the out and back in a day, 4th of July week, last few miles back we were dragging ass but for us Floridians that get to the mountains twice a year it was an accomplishment, lol. the squitters, if working together, could've picked me up and taken me away but like I said we're from Florida so we've encountered these swarms before. Repellent repellent! Absolutely beautiful and we can't wait to come back and spend a few days, and nights, exploring the side trails!

backpacking
2 months ago

Easy access to the trailhead. Trail was a little crowded, but not terrible. Trails were well maintained.

Mosquitoes during our trip were bad if there was not a strong breeze, but the water made the wild flowers amazing to view.

Views from Seneca lake on were absolute stunning. The basin was amazing. Island lake was the most crowded area, but if you try hard you can find a good campsite anywhere.

I imagine in the later part of summer the streams and lakes will be much drier which would make parts of the hike easier, but also would take a little bit away from the views.

WORD OF WARNING - hiked from Big Sandy to Dad's Lake on July 4th. There were CLOUDS of mosquitos, hundreds, thousands... more mozzies than I've ever seen. Even with face nets and clothes on head-to-toe it was unbearable.

hiking
2 months ago

Mosquitos are as bad as advertised. Scenery is so out of this world that who cares about the bugs?

Did this in two nights with one campground above Island Lake. Snow, mud, and stream crossings were the biggest obstacle. As summer continues, the snow will melt, the mud will dry, the streams settle. Definitely doable. No need for traction.

Just watch out for post holing, snow is getting unstable in places.

The most difficult part is the last 5 miles back to the trailhead. And that is all mental.

Yes, fairly crowded for the backcountry, but the sort of people who do hikes like this seem like all right people to me.

hiking
2 months ago

Did the loop. Great and also brutal in one day. Took trail to right and over Jackass Ridge. Eventually passed over Texas Pass. Would recommend starting fro the Shadow lake side. Very steep down Texas ridge into next valley. Slid out of control with full backpack on snow. If you see streaks of blood, carnage and a broken pole that was me. Luckily it ended up ok but recommend bring a friend. Quite muddy on Shadow lake side, Dad's Lake area. Beware mosquitoes especially around 6 pm. Deadly. I saw a pack of them pick up a child and fly away. In any case so beautiful.

My wife and I only had a few hours to spend in Pinedale, so we decided to take the first 4-5 miles of this trail out to Photographer’s Point. It was time very well spent. The views aren’t easily described and I can only imagine the reward of hiking well on into the Winds. We will certainly be back when time permits. Trail notes: easy and gently sloping but quite wet with snowmelt and mud. The portion we completed could easily be ascended in less than 2 hours with dry conditions.

Stunning, well worth it

Beautiful but still covered in way too much snow as of June 10th. We made it to Shadow Lake but post-holed the last 2.5 miles and could not make the trek over the pass to the South side of the Towers

on Pole Creek Trail

backpacking
3 months ago

Easy trail that is very crowded. Too many stock animals.

on Titcomb Basin Trail

fishing
3 months ago

Even with all the crowds it’s worth going once. Great views and easy well marked trail. Wish this was a foot travel only area and no stock animals.

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