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Ryan Smith reviewed Quartz Lake Loop Trail
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HikingGreat!

went from Bowman to quartz, not lower to quartz. trail is one long climb for maybe 3 miles, but moderate steepness for 97% of it. once you finish that climb, it's flat then descending switchbacks to the lake quartz lake is beautiful. unlike akolala, great day hike stop. nice beach area, was warm enough to swim in mid September and just overall fantastic view. backcountry spots are right on the water, might be buggy in June/early July but perfect late in the season. very good way to spend a night if you're on the north end of the park

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Ryan Smith reviewed Akokala Lake Trail
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CampingGreat!

definitely moderate hike. lake isn't a great stop for a day hike IMO, not a great beach area and no good connections...but spent the night here and definitely recommend it if you lose a backcountry spot going from Bowman. if fishing is ever allowed here, should be a great spot. can see fish constantly biting and breaching the surface. confident I saw a beaver and it's home about half way out to the right. spotted the beaver in the morning swimming around. hike is two moderate climbs and two small descents. moderate to hard if you're not in great shape

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HikingGreat!

Went yesterday. tabletop first as started early and other reviews said no view. not sure why as great southern view of Marcy and Skylight. a quick stop at Indian Falls with more wide open rock and great views. headed back and up phelps which was definitely the steeper of the two but manageable. views were amazing at top as fully open. barely any mud and leaves hadn't fallen much so trail was perfect.

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Scott Lindblom reviewed Owl's Head Trail
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HikingGreat!Off trailScramble

Awesome day Sept 24 - not as rigorous as I though it would be - the Black Pond "bushwack" cut off .5-.7 miles each way I figure, and was a pretty defined, non-bushwacking path - this Fall anyways. Nice cairns but no sign for Owls Head path entrance (lat: 44.1380 lon: 71.6154). That section was steep and slow but not as bad as I had feared. Took Brutus bushwack on way down which was so much nicer & easier than scrambling down the loose scree. Trail was mostly dry and stream crossing easy. Not 5 stars just because there's no view from summit.... and pretty busy & at the bottom. Garmin odometer said 16 miles. Did it in 8.2 hours, including some decent breaks. I do recommend bringing a good map or a GPS with good maps.

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HikingGreat!

I went for the workout and to check out some campsites. It was very well marked with lots of little water crossings. Good day!

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cody chambers reviewed Fawn Pass Trail
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HikingNo shade

Hiked from highway to bighorn cut off 5miles. Flat trail started really earlier saw mostly elk, but plenty of tracks. Sun exposed but was a good trail for a cool fall morning. You have good views the whole time. You can make a loop too the bighorn trail head or keep going as far as you want.

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Jed Moreno reviewed Mount Whitney Trail [CLOSED]
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Hiking

anyone know if could get a one day permit for October 10th? I don't wanna go all the way up there to get turned around. thanks jed4031@gmail.com

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Hiking

Looking for a permit for any Saturday in the upcoming weeks! Please email me at oliverleekw@gmail.com

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Laura Amelia reviewed Jasper Lake Trail
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I parked on Hessie Road, hiked to the trail and then went around the entire lake so we hiked like 14 miles total. It was a great work out and fun enough but Isabelle lake was a lot more interesting and breath taking throughout the hike.

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Russ-Joyce Mayer reviewed Little Cedar Lake via Lirley Trailhead
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Horseback riding

Getting a little riding time in before foot surgery next week. I have ridden this trail numerous times and enjoyed every time. Was disappointed to see trash left behind by other users. Pack it in Pack it out. Of course this time of year there were plenty of spider webs as others have mentioned. The trail definitely needs some work on it. Mostly tree downfall needs to be cleaned up. The trail is well marked if you know what your looking for. I rode in to where Lil Cedar meets Cedar, built a small fire and ate lunch while my Mustang rested up for the return trip. We had a great time, looking forward to next time.

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Luke Hayduk reviewed Warren Pass Loop
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So many different woodpeckers!

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Hiking

Great hike was a bit hot today. Bring lots of water to keep hydrated.

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Hiking

Amazing views and quiet!

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Tommy Loughran reviewed Presidential Traverse Trail
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HikingGreat!Scramble
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Kirtan Mehta reviewed Skyline Trail
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Hiking

Amazing hike. It takes too long to come back if you take a loop.

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BackpackingGreat!

Gorgeous hike that passes tons of waterfalls and golden aspens. The view of Lone Eagle peak from Mirror Lake is just stunning. I backpacked in and camped one night at the lake. Temps were perfect, sunny and warm in the day and not too cold at night. Amazing hike all around.

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did waldrop, was pretty easy, slightly strenuous, easy, slightly strenuous, easy...got to Brainard Lake beautiful, short walk on the road back on trail and it got a little stressful....got off trail a couple times, thankyou alltrail for getting me back, very wet marshy, scratches up legs a bit. passed not 1 person so it was nice and peaceful.

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HikingScramble

The best way to see Grandfather Mtn without paying 30 dollars. The hike as written is fine, but is a little odd. There are much more interesting things to see if you carry on past MacRae. Also this trail is one of the most crowded "difficult" trails in North Carolina. If you are looking for the ropes and ladders, definitely check it out (but go further). If you are looking for a hike with great views, this wouldn't be the top of my list.

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Randall Kempton reviewed Middle Teton Southwest Couloir
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Hiking

Go with someone who knows the route!

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Cody Howard reviewed Loch Leven Lakes Trail
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HikingRocky

Definitely recommend getting there as early as possible. Was the only car there at 7:45am on a Thursday, and had the whole trail to myself until coming down. Full parking lot by the time I got back down at 12:15. Lake temps are perfect right now, trail is very rocky but safe, and a slow and steady incline nearly all the way. Pretty fall colors are starting, and the open blue skies and quiet were a welcome treat.

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TA Mora reviewed Bob Bear Trail
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HikingGreat!

It was beautiful and the water felt great! It is a tough climb out, but so worth it. Bring plenty of fuel and water!

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HikingGreat!

Amazing trail!! This was my first time doing hiking at the Grand Teton and was the best experience ever!!

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HikingGreat!

Started trail at 4:30 this morning(Thursday) only a few cars in the lot. Wore head lamps for the first 2 hours. Perfect weather day, I know some people get rain or snow at the top but we only had wind. All told it took the 2 of us 7 hours round trip. We each brought three 24oz bottles of water and had some leftover at the end. Will definitely do again.

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Jordan Hynd reviewed Thornton Lakes Trail
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WARNING I hiked up on 9/23 for sunrise and there was a VERY large bear hunkered down in what may have been a den near the trail. it was seen before first light approximately 20 feet off the trail before the decent down to the lake. It was not scared off by our yelling and flashlights and began pacing and marking trees before we turned back. If you head out there be on the lookout and hang your food high and far from camp.

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BackpackingNo shade

Only did a portion of the trail to Little Harbor and it was awesome. The inclines are brutal especially with no wind and it’s hot. Definitely recommend doing it during the winter! Watch out for the Bison too! They don’t move for nothing!

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Hiking

The views at the top are definitely worth the strenuous climb. Hardly anyone on the trail in the middle of the week. Been fairly dry recently so I was able to cross the water without getting wet.

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DM T reviewed Pass Creek Trail
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Hiking

Sep 24. No snow at the lake. Beautiful trail. Sounds of water sweet smell of pine sap, and falling aspen leaves. Just what the doctor ordered. Made it roundtrip in about 4hrs. Moderate is accurate rating, however, it was closer to 8 miles as the trailmarker says at the end of 212. To get here hwy50 to 210 then to 212. Stay on 212. U are there dude. Stock 4x4, at least, prefered but can make it in a Subaru or something or Rav 4

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