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hiking
2 hours ago

great hike, but we would recommend yak trax or similar foot wear. current conditions are snow packed and icy on about half the trail. not impassable, but coming down around 11am was a bit slick without extra traction. overall, it's all it's cracked up to be.

5 hours ago

Has a little bit of everything!

mountain biking
5 hours ago

scenic and easy biking.good exercise for a quick 8 miles up and back in under an hour.good for finding fishing spots.nice that it's not as crowded as like eldorado canyon or Boulder canyon.

mountain biking
5 hours ago

Very scenic with moderate hill climb.alot of uphill exercise.downhill is fun but fast.many rocks but doable.watch out for there are alternative days for biking and hiking,horses. so check ahead or they will fine you.

Lovely hike for a partial day. The steepest part was the first section, then it was easy and beautiful. Very little snow and ice on this sunny October day. You can continue up to the lake for a hike that us twice as long.

hiking
6 hours ago

Worth the climb to the arch! There are definitely some inclines on the way. Beautiful, but little shade. There’s a spot where it looks like the trail splits three ways, stay left.

I do this one at least once a week. Great training hike. I am posting because I have already seen, more than once, people asking how to get to the top when there is barely any daylight left. The top section of the ridge, after the tight trees, has some exposure. One needs a headlamp, Tripping over in the wrong spot and one can get hurt. A cell phone flashlight ties up one hand. Even if you turn around, from the false ridge to the car is just scree coming down. Not really fun to do it without light. This is rattlesnake paradise. Not sure I would want to spend the night (hurt) there.

The popularity of this trail has completely destroyed the area, there's poop everywhere along the trail & around the campsites. This place has transformed into a rocky mountain national park or emerald bay of tahoe lake situation. Aholes that don't respect anything go & pollute so the forest service now requires reservations to camp in the middle of the wilderness. Thanks people!! Crappy fake casual outdoors people ruined it for absolutely everyone, great job!!!!

This trail was gorgeous! Hiked it 10/21/18, spikes would have been helpful and probably safer, the trail was icy. For parking, either get there early on a weekend or take a shuttle if you can, there isn't much parking and it gets competitive.

Decent trail but you have to hike 3/4 of a mile up the road to get to the trailhead and the lake at the end is full of people who just got in their car and drove there.

Hiked this today, I'd definitely recommend microspikes. I ran into a lot of people having very bad times on the trail with just shoes. Personally, I turned around right after the waterfall - lots of steepness/ice and I was a bit anxious since snow and ice earlier on the trail had started melting. I did run into a few people who either got to Lake of Glass or all the way to Sky Pond, so it's definitely doable if you know what you're doing.

hiking
9 hours ago

Beautiful hike. Not very difficult with lots of great views. If you keep going past Dream Lake you will end at Emerald Lake which is work the extra .7 miles! We also had a baby with us (10 months) and he loved it as well. Highly recommend!

10/22 the trail is completely covered in snow, so wear appropriate footwear. It was well-trodden but slippery in parts. You get to the tree grove quickly and it’s a beautiful view.

nice

10 hours ago

I loved this trail and the brutal parts are well worth the view.

10 hours ago

hiking
10 hours ago

Very good hike with substantial natural variety along the way. Snow in the higher elevations (poles are handy). Still very accessible. Took me about 3 hours and 15 minutes. I lolligagged substantially at the start of the hike enjoying nature and was slowed down considerably right at the end due to snow (hard packed though and not bad to traverse). Round trip 11 AM to 5 PM, 6 hours. Third day in a row I have loved hiking in snow. Temperatures were very reasonable (had plenty of gear but hiked 100% in summer gear).

backpacking
10 hours ago

Awesome hike! Very strenuous especially with a 40 pound pack. Don’t listen to people saying you can’t climb through the last arch to make it a loop. You most certainly can, it’s just for experienced hikers.

Great hike. Breathtaking views from the top. Worth the climb up to the tower at the end of the hike.

hiking
10 hours ago

Had a great hike today. The trail is covered in a few inches of soft snow almost the entire way. It was easily doable with regular boots and poles, but definitely slowed us down. Took us almost four hours from the radio towers to the peak (and usually a hike like this would take us 2.5-3). Got back down to our car in 2.5 hours. The views from the peak were amazing- probably my favorite 14er views to date!

Of note, the road to the radio towers is rough with deep ruts in spots. There was very minimal snow on the road. My 2WD high clearance Ford Escape did fine, but this is probably at the limits of what my car can handle. For comparison, my car had no issues on the Grays and Torrey’s road or the road to Sherman.

Glad I did this on a weekday. very crowded. however, the snow on the trail was slushy, so easy to get around. would recommend poles and/or spikes on a colder day. (we were 59 degrees)

great views and had a great time with my non climbing family.

hiking
11 hours ago

Good short, easy hike with nice views. For the first half or so of the hike you are walking up a wide dirt road(High Dr) but the 2nd half up to the peak is through the forest. There were a few logs placed over the beginning of the trail near the clearing...not sure why they were put there. A trekking pole or two may help with skree laden declines on the way back.

hiking
11 hours ago

great little hike. the snow was so packed it was pretty treacherous! I slid down the ice more than a few times. still completely worth it! too bad there's no fishing in the lake :P. the trail was pretty packed with other hikers but that made it easier to take our time.

hiking
11 hours ago

Went oct 19. we didn't expect the snow and hard packed ice so that slowed us down like crazy. but the few miles we did get to we're outstanding! so many great views and lookout spots! highly highly recommend!

hiking
11 hours ago

we definitely got lost through here. and I mean LOST! make sure you follow the cairns and stick to the right. we ended up following a seemingly obvious path only to find ourselves climbing over boulders on the edge of a cliff... pretty wicked views though! if we wouldn't have taken that detour, it would have been a super easy and neat walk. highly recommend!

trail running
11 hours ago

wow! just stunning! this trail itself doesn't run through the amphitheatre but if you veer off this trail, the amphitheatre is a short walk away. I am sort of a geological nerd so these rock formations had my jaw on the floor. such a wild and beautiful place! even in October, make sure you have plenty of water.

hiking
11 hours ago

we went here oct 21. the hanging lake itself is absolutely gorgeous! unfortunately you have to climb for over a mile almost the entire way. it definitely took the wind out of us being from GA and all :P I was a little disappointed because the waterfall was pretty dried up at this time of the season. it would have been nicer in the spring or summer when the waterfall is a constant companion. all in all quiet nice. definitely take your time as some of the rocks are extremely slippy! I lost count of how many people I saw slip on the rocks both on the way up and down.

I hiked to Bluebird on Saturday. The last 2 miles were slow going because of snow. There was quite a bit of ice/snow pack on the trail to Ouzel Falls. Bluebird is already frozen over. If you have Microspikes throw them in your pack.
The road is closed to the back parking lot, it is about 1 mile to the trailhead from the winter gate.
Loved seeing the 3 male moose at the first lake!
I love the Bluebird Trail!!!

Great trail - good rock climbing at the end

One of the better beginner 14ers there are. Plan accordingly for the weather.

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