DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

This was a lovely hike, without too terribly many people and with some decent elevation gain and neat features on the West Canyon side of the trail. The little offshoot we took to Hikers Beach was fun, where we found some sandy areas that you could easily camp on beside the creek. We hiked around the loop East to West but next time I think i’d just do an out and back along the West Canyon as it was more pleasurable for me with the interesting rock/ wooden steps and a bit more difficult terrain. Nice viewpoints on areas of the trail up into the mountains. Really great that there were many offshoots from the main loop for exploration. Will be back to try it in a different way again, perhaps to get up to Golden Ears peak next time with an overnighter! Took us (relatively fit 37 F/39 M) with a couple breaks, about 2.5 hours total.