DISTANCE
59.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
15,475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

snow

no dogs

hiking
1 day ago

Only did an out & back of ~6mi from Crescent Meadow as a shortish day hike - enjoyed it, for sure. That section is easy going with a well-defined path, a couple of small water flows, and some great scenery from Eagle's Peak. Saw only a few other hikers on a summer weekday late afternoon.

Of note: I read another guy's comment regarding the gnats/horse flies/mosquitos and gaffed it off. Truth: they are no joke. The way out was no big deal, but coming back closer to sunset was ridiculous. They were flying in my ears, nose, and I'm pretty sure I swallowed a couple. Apparently, they can't be outrun either. Trust me, I tried. I'm happy that this trail is lightly traveled, because anyone crossing my path would've seen a real-life reenactment of Tommy Boy as I flailed my arms and sprinted through the forest like a crazed lunatic.

Also came across a black bear near my turnaround. We paused, stared blankly at each other, then he galloped away like a 250lb furry marmot.