Explore the most popular Backpacking trails in United States with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
16 hours ago

Started at 5am. Bagged both Cucamonga and Etiwanda peaks, since Etiwanda was just about a mile detour. From the junction, I hit Etiwanda first then hiked the backside ridge to Cucamonga (this is not the same main trail that heads into Cucamonga directly from the junction). In fact, this one had no traffic at all and was much more scenic. Highly recommend!

My favorite hike in SoCal! Started at 5am. Bagged both Cucamonga and Etiwanda peaks, since Etiwanda was just about a mile detour. From the junction, I hit Etiwanda first then hiked the backside ridge to Cucamonga (this is not the same main trail that heads into Cucamonga directly from the junction). In fact, this one had no traffic at all and was much more scenic. Highly recommend!

Solid challenge of a hike for it's distance! Bring lots of water. It was pretty cloudy today, but even still views were pretty good. Mason Lake was serene and beautiful. Though plenty of people were on the trail, there are so many places to hang by the lake that you feel you have it to yourself. Our hands were freezing after filling our water bottles with filters, but one person went swimming and seemed to enjoy! There is enough privacy that you can venture away from people and pee in the woods up past the lake, but there are no actual toilets there, contrary to another review I saw. Another tip: It is not a loop trail, but an out and back. If you were planning to make a loop with the old Mason lake trail, I would not recommend as it is not marked. We did not see where it started or ended. Happy hiking!

it is a great hike you do need alot of water and to be honest the hardest part about this was going down rather than up it is a very beautiful hike and worth it once you are finished

hiking
21 hours ago

It’s more of an easy overnight backpacking destination than anything. This trail would be easy except for the rocks that need to be traversed on the trail. The lake is beautiful, but just more crowded than expected. Parking is a pain.

hiking
rocky
21 hours ago

A great little hike. Beautiful scenery, but I wouldn’t want to do it if it was wet out. It’s pretty sandy and rocky.

good trail conditions. great for dogs. we arrived after noon, had a .25 mile walk to trail head. took our dog and found the trail and hikers great in sharing. looking forward to the hike again.

Lots of fun and worth the hike but it wasn’t very well marked and easy to get turned around!

2nd time completing this loop hike and 2nd time it kicks my

This was definitely the hardest day hike I have done. I started at 4:21 am and finished at 6:30pm. I come from 200’ above sea level but I’ve done hikes over 13,000’ so that may have helped me get to the summit with out to much trouble. I brought 6L of water and drank most of it.

Hiked from Elk Lake TH on Horse Lake Trail to PCT to Dee Wright Observatory with 4 workmates. Mileage was approx 29 miles, 2 nights-3 day trip. What a blast! Saw a black fox with a white-tipped tail kill it’s dinner right in front of our campsite, mark a bush and then meander back into the trees. Trail was perfectly maintained and water was accessible throughout route, although seasonal springs were dry. Lava rocks were more challenging to hike but trail was not severe in grade. Would highly recommend this section of PCT for views and moderate difficulty.

About 2 miles from the start the trail curves sharply to the left and that is easy to miss especially if one starts in the early morning when it's still dark. If you end up at a staircase going up and down the Manitou Incline, you went too far and you will need to turn back and then look to your right and you will see the trail in about 20-30 yards curving to the right. Otherwise a great hike, very doable if you have a reasonable level of fitness and go at your own pace especially above the tree line where the air gets increasingly thinner and thinner. If you start from the parking lot in Manitou Springs (Hydro Street) and plan to go back the same day, it will make for a very long hike, about 26 M, so start early (I started at 3 AM and reached the summit at 11 AM). I thought the section of the trail between Manitou Springs and the Barr Camp was the most gorgeous part of the hike, with a great views of the mountains.

hiking
22 hours ago

5.9 TH to lake. Solid workout.

It a nice trail to get a good workout. It’s extremely rock so try not to go in tennis shoes or you may roll your ankle or you may be feeling it after. I don’t know what it’s like in the winter, but I only ran into 11 people this whole trail so if you don’t like crowds, go early and take advantage of this time.

Great hike, went to haystack pass and turned around, (no time to go to loop and wait for shuttle), others ahead of us saw grizzly and cub and a group was chased by mama bear, scary. Saw mountain goats up high. Views are amazing, trail is relatively easy, gentle grade, but the look down tested my fear of heights (yup, still afraid). Another beautiful trail in a gorgeous area.

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rocky
scramble
23 hours ago

hiking
23 hours ago

Going up is hard but going down the rocks is super hard - please do not do this if you are not in super shape. Also carry some sorta pain killers, just Incase your knees hate coming down. And do not do this without any poles - carry a jacket or wind coat it’s super windy at the summit. 2+ hydration pack should be enuf - carbs would be your real friend. Start in the morning and eat light ... good luck, you can do it - it’s a life time experience ... step up your cardio game at the gym at least 2 months in advance .... have fun y’all ! Mr. Singh , signing off with a super sore knee

scenic driving
23 hours ago

Beautiful trail to take out of staters over! Tons of history especially train and mining! Especially amazing in fall. Very easy dirt road drive!

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
23 hours ago

Was a great hike but the weather didn’t cooperate like we had wished for. Got soaked on the way in, poured while we were there and the last day out weather was great. The trail is well kept but I found the steps to be a bit awkwardly spaced for my stride.

This the second time we have made this hike. Last night, in camp we were treated to the largest bull moose I have ever seen! Rained the hole trip but we were prepared. The trail was in excellent shape.

hiking
rocky
scramble
23 hours ago

This was one of the most incredible hikes I’ve done lately. We paced a 22 min mile to Red Pine, but once we hit the boulder fields our pace was much slower. Highly recommend you do this hike in a group and download the map, very helpful. I’d say this is one of the most technical hikes I’ve done. Also when going over the scramble go on the sunny side. Once you get passed the scramble you can “walk” up to the summit. It’s hard, but the view is breathtaking! I clocked almost 12 miles and completed it in 7.5 hours so pacing about a 37 minute mile. Bring lots of water, I also packed a ton of those GU packs and high caloric snacks.

Such a beautiful hike just did it today. It took us just under six hours with lunch and rests. My watch said it was 11.15 miles and 3,011 vertical

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