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Hiked this on a Saturday and it was busy (7/21/18). We got there at 6:30 and parked in the upper lot. This was my first 14er and the views were so beautiful. It's steep but worth it at the top. The only negative was other hikers who had their music playing loudly on speakers, it would've been courteous to have headphones instead.

Challenging hike with diverse terrain and amazing scenery!

Incredibly steep but short hike with rewarding views at the top. Gorgeous lake, and despite the busy trail we still found ourselves alone at the top for most of the morning on Saturday.

scenic driving
19 hours ago

Beautiful views! Interesting historical buildings. Plenty of places to pullover and enjoy the view without feeling rushed. Highly recommend for an easy scenic drive.

hiking
19 hours ago

Great hike but very tough with a 2yr old and 5yr old

5 stars because it is really hard and exhausting. If you are planning to hike this trail in Summer or Fall start by 5.30 am so that you are back by noon. Only 15 to 20 percent of the route has shade, rest of the trail is through pastures, bushes and barren land. Carry enough water because there are no water fountains on the trail and not even a bench to sit for a while. For expert hikers this is fun but it is not recommended for novice hikers.

Very popular trails with good reason. Plan to get there early or take the shuttle. I went twice this weekend and there are a surprising number of cars there by 6:30am. Lots of overnighters.
I ran the trail in each direction and would recommend going counterclockwise. Devils Thumb Pass is the high point, so the run along the ridge is more favorable if you tackle that first. The climb to the pass is steep, but makes a better climb than descent.
Beautiful flowers and birds are all around and the views and lakes are well worth the effort.

This is an epic hike. Highest hiking trail in USA. Highest mountain in continental USA. Lots of rocks the whole way. Unbelievable views. Places to camp. Started at Whitney Portal. Have to get there early to get a place to park. I got there at 2am. Just under 7 hours to the top. 10 hours to get back down because of hurt knee, rick to the face, lightning, thunder, rain, and hail. I lived and gated this hike. When your standing at the summit there is nothing above you or higher the you in the USA.

Worth every ache and pain I have in my body lol! You MUST arrive as early as possible. We got there at 8am and the parking lot was about 1/3 full. When we left about 12pm the lot was full and cars were parked all along the road. Then there was at least a 1 mile line up at the rangers station.

The wild flowers are in full bloom and smell amazing...
best hike yet...if you can hike past the glacier to the viewpoint ..the very top ...you will not be disappointed!

Lots of horse poop!!! Otherwise a great hike with an awesome finish!

One of my favorite trails in the Great Burn! I love walking through the giant cedar groves. You’ll earn it as you climb to Hub Lake in the second mile - a good deal of incline. But lots of huckleberries if you time it right! Bugs were present at the lake but the breeze and some bug spray mostly kept them at bay. Don’t miss out on this one!

Awesome hike. Beautiful views and big timber!!

Last week, 7-14-18,and 7-15-18, we did an overnighter to Camp Mystery with a day hike above Marmot Pass and back for a RT mileage of 13.4.

Arrived at trailhead, #833 and on the trail by 9:20am. There were about 35 cars in the parking lot and many campers walked by us as we were getting ready. Its fairly steep in the beginning but steeper after Shelter Rock about mid-way in. That said, a good pace can be made upto Shelter Rock, which is big enough to allow camping. After Shelter Rock it's much steeper with hardly any switch backs. It opens up to good viewpoint a couple times.


Not knowing the camping options on the pass, we stopped at Camp Mystery because there was a good site available. It's 5.8 mles in and a very popular place to camp. After setting up camp we hiked to Marmot Pass. Beautiful! A must see. Then hiked left and up to a platue-like peak were it's even more beautiful...with spectacular view of mountain ranges near and far. Beautiful! Camping is also available here. We saw at over 10 tents on top, 4 along the ridge to the top and 3-4 in the meadow below the Pass, with room to spare but you'll have company. Alot of people camped at Camp Mystery stayed at the top to watch the sunset. We opted not to. This was an Awesome hike and one I WILL do again...but camp at the pass.

Great hike! Took my 12 year old and was very glad my 4 year old wasn’t with me. Is such a great hike along the river up to the waterfall. Some tough incline spots, but very well worth it!!

Disappointed trail turns into asphalt

If you’re not going Swimmin go elsewhere

Beautiful hike with plenty of waterfalls, wild flowers and streams all at a moderate grade. The lake itself is awesome, saw a moose and a wolverine there! Parking sucks, as usual, for a weekend.

hiking
21 hours ago

Good hike. The course is a bit confusing if you don't know that the blue tags do not continue on the AT, which is marked in white. So, if you start from the trailhead and do the loop counterclockwise, it's blue to Jarrad Gap, then white for the AT, and then back to blue for Slaughter Creek to complete the loop.

hiking
21 hours ago

It’s a beautiful a trail as I have seen, bar none. Watch out for the bulls though.

Good hike for those looking for a mix between easy but worthwhile. Great hike to go on with friends. Gone about three separate times myself. Never a dull moment.

This was a spectacular hike with breathtaking wildflower displays and beautiful views. When you drop down into the meadow the sheer volume and variety of wildflowers defies belief. From the trail head, you hike through a nice glen of aspen through a small section of pine forest, then up a rather barren ridge. From there, the meadow is spread out before you. It's a nice hike through the meadow, then back into pine forests to the lake. Some wonderful craggy cliff walls can be seen as you walk through the meadow and they offer a splendid backdrop to the lake. Mid-July the biting flies were out in force, so bring lots of bug spray.

hiking
22 hours ago

This was my first 14’er since moving to Denver a month ago and it was amazing. The trails are exceptionally well laid out and if you are a first timer like me, it’s nice to have a trail with lots of people along the way. It took me 3.5 hours round trip. I went up in 2.0 hours and down in 1.5. The scenery is beautiful and the views from the top are incredible.

I started from the north end of the trail. there were a lot of cattle on and around the trail. that was fine, except it seemed like I was chasing them. the day started a bit cloudy. I turned back hoping to miss the rain, that didn't happen. if I were to hike this trail again, I would start on the south end.

Trailhead is closed but trail is open. Official Park detour is to park at Boulderstone lot between mm 302 and mm303. From there the hike is back along Tanahwa trail 2.5m to intercept Scout Trail (most of this is within earshot of parkway) so this way will tack on 5m to round trip. Met another hiker on way down who said shorter detour trail that starts from 221. Besides detour issue our hike on Scout Trail was nice cool work out for early July morning as we were in and out of clouds after 2m mark of trail. Had clouds at Callaway peak so limited views but still nice.

Not bad for a relatively close backpacking trip. It was beautiful, but the trail had significant detours and was hard to follow in places (I had to backtrack a few times). The lake was stunning, the waterfall was moving. I camped out next to the river and it was really glorious.
I left some waypoints so hopefully others don’t get quite as lost.

Great hike. Did the entire loop. Hiking to Telegraph had me on my tippy toes at some points but I enjoyed the challenge, as I’m training for Whitney! I’d recommend breaking for a snack at the saddle, on timber Mt. and then eating your main meal (if you pack one) on Telegraph. I stopped for a Pizza Port SIPA at Baldy Notch too. How fantastic is it to have a restaurant up in the mountains? It reminds me of Germany.

I really didn’t like taking the paved road from Manker Flats back to our car at Icehouse Canyon. It’s not safe. Ppl drive fast and some are not accustomed to mountainous driving. Instead of enjoying the final stretch, I was constantly having to listen for cars. Also, you will have to cross back and forth over the road multiple times to remain visible to the traffic. If you’re able to have someone park at Manker Flats and Icehouse Canyon, do it.

Easy hike but watch for copper heads in the summer. Also good for running if you want a challenge

hiking
22 hours ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever done! I took my ReLeaf Outing Group there and it blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. There is so much to see and do including 4 different waterfalls, a big rushing creek you hike next to almost the entire time, cave exploration and beautiful camp spots not to mention a beautiful overlook so make sure to take the extra .5 mike hike to go see it! Next time I am definitely hiking in and camping to have more days there! When you finally get to the giant Virgin Falls it will blow your mind, definitely hike up to the top and explore the cave behind it.

Pretty easy going down but hard coming back up

backpacking
22 hours ago

Fantastic hike. Hiked up the Baker Creek trail and spent the first night at Baker Lake. There was plenty of water along the way in the streams and springs. It had rained the night before so everything was cool and wet. The trail is very lush and green most of the way with water everywhere. You can definitely get by with only carrying a liter of water if you have a filter to make more. One small group joined us at Baker Lake and camped the night there. There was cloud cover that night so it did not get too cold. Probably around 40F. It rained a little.

Day two we went pyramid pass with the intent of climbing to the peak and spending the night somewhere around Johnson Lake. The hike up the pass is very steep and there is not really a trail. The way is marked well with caryns. At the top of the pass, we ditched our packs. The weather was way too sketchy (rain clouds and a little thunder) to get the peak so we hiked to the pass just west of pyramid pass and got a great view of the valley to the west. We headed down the pass and ate lunch at Johnson Lake. Johnson Lake is fed by a spring and the water is crystal clear. There are no fish in it. Plenty of historic cabins and buildings to see in the area. We continued down and made a left at the Timber Creek trail. This sucked. It was steep and hot in full exposure. After Snake Creek Divide, it was downhill again through a nice large meadow where we made a left on the South Fork Baker Creek trail. We camped just past the confluence of some springs and the south fork of Baker Creek. It rained a little again that night and then the cloud cover went away. It got cold. I would say just above freezing.

Day three we hiked out the last few miles along side the south fork of Baker Creek through a beautiful meadow. Great hike and we only saw one other group of people the first night.

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