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My husband and I hiked here with our two dogs on May 31st. The weather was great, cool and almost all of the trail is shaded. It was great for our dogs because the ground is mostly dirt and long pine needles (probably not what they’re called). But not rocky like some other areas on the way to Tahoe/in Tahoe that are bad for dog feet. We saw a few other hikers and a few mountain bikers. Everyone was polite. The directions link for Google Maps worked perfectly to get us to the trailhead. However, following the map provided at the trailhead for hiking was more challenging. On our first attempt, we started down the route right past the trail map and somehow looped right back to the parking lot, yielding a 2 mile walk. We then decided to walk down the trail at the end of the parking lot. Do not recommend. It was all flooded and there was a ton of housing debris and shotgun shells. So we felt creeped out and turned back to try the trails beyond the sign again. This time we followed the “8” signs and it was going pretty well until about 4 miles in, when we ended up on a semi-paved road. We were pretty tired at this point because the trail was consistently uphill. We followed the paved road for awhile and then I decided to look at Google Maps. Thankfully I had cell service, and it brought us back to the parking lot along a different road (had to turn back), walking for about a mile and a half. All in all, it was a nice day. Great weather, pretty scenery, lots of shade. But probably won’t do this again unless we use trail guidance assistance. (Just didn’t seem like it would be that hard! Lol.)

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snow
6 hours ago

It is a great trail to take if you are looking for some free skying/snowboarding, yet it isn’t an easy trail on winter/spring/beginning of summer, it has a lot of snow on it and it is hard to stay on the trail or even find where it continues without the help of this app or google maps. Be careful there is deep snow in the melting season. The view up in the lake is amazing! The road that gives access to this trail doesn’t open until July 20, so plan on an extra 40-50 minutes added to your hike. Depending on the season the easiest way to go back is snowboarding or skiing down on the slushy Alta Ski area cat trails, which adds an extra layer of adventure to this.

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6 hours ago

The road to the visitor center is closed. I parked at the bottom and walked up the road to the visitor center and then up the trail. It is very steep. It’s worth it for the views. In all out and back it was 6.5 miles. We did see bears off in the trees so make sure you are aware of your surroundings.

Great hike! For everyone really but if you’re looking for an easy hike for kids to enjoy this is it! All ages! We only made it to Box Lake and that’s only because we took our time looking at all the scenery and a bit of exploring off trail. We definitely will be coming back. No bugs at all could be because it was a bit cool. But nothing a light sweater can’t fix. Beautiful views and great weather. No snow on the trail but more to the sides, looks like it most likely will be completely gone soon.

It was peaceful and beautiful. Nice day to go on a hike.

Loves this hike! Be aware of the rope swing at the end..I slipped and fell. Totally fine. Just a heads up!

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

Loved this hike! About an hr up and back! Dogs had a blast!

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7 hours ago

It’s a nice hike up to the cross & American flag! It was very peaceful. I would definitely be hiking here again.

This trail is about 1.5 mile to the rock house and 1.5 mile back. It's a decline on the way there and will be mostly uphill on the way back. Theres so much to see and explore that you wont ever be bored! The trail is mostly shaded. Waterfall at the beginning and waterholes, caves, and beautiful nature throughout. It took us about 6 hrs to finish because we played around a lot. We did see a copperhead snake so watch your step. The trail is great though. It's marked along the way and well maintained.

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7 hours ago

It was great! The drive here was longer than the walk to the falls. Recommend to go in the morning so you won’t hike with a lot of people.

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7 hours ago

Awesome hike, one of the best in the area. Not to difficult of a hike but extremely worth the view. You have the ocean views and bright greenery all around you. Once you get to the viewpoint, there is a lot to see. Plenty of parking and restrooms before you go.

Not sure why but when we arrived today just before 10am the trail was marked “temporarily closed”. There was nothing on the website about the closure. We drove by later and it seemed to be open. Will try again on another day.

We did the red loop, connector 2 and the blue loop. According to the chart at the trailhead it should have totaled about 6 miles. We followed the all trails map exactly and it ended up being 8.5. A pretty trail thru the woods, a little muddy in places and rugged but not to much elevation gain. Don’t think I’d do it again. Just not much to see.

The entry fee is $5 per person you got to pay Online.

Great hike very crowded but definitely worth it.

Beautiful park! Be careful there are too many mountain bikers.

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muddy
7 hours ago

I wouldn’t characterize this hike as “easy” as the app says. The elevation is quite steep many parts and the trail gets wet, narrow and slippery in parts. That being said, it is beautiful. And using the map on this app was key as there were parts we wouldn’t know which was to go without it. Just be prepared for these things...and wear waterproof shoes

The first mile or so consists of a steady incline. There were many sections both on the out and back and throughout the loop with shady areas. It was perfect for an overcast day. The trail was easy to navigate using this app’s map. The non-loop portion of the trail was heavily trafficked. I started after 930 am and I’d do this trail again but definitely a bit earlier.

One of my favorites in the LG area. We had the total distance as 12.14 (parked on the street just across from the trail head) with 3,140 feet climbed and completed in 3.5 hours. We got rained on quite a bit which was actually pretty pleasant, but the misty clouds blocked most of the view which is usually a beautiful sight of the valley. The halfway point at Mt El Sombroso is anticlimactic, just a couple of power poles. We did the hike mid-day on a Saturday and the trail was fairly empty, especially at the top half portion.

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scramble
7 hours ago

Beautiful views with a bit of a scramble to get to the top.

just went today awesome trail did it up to twin peaks first which at the end was very steep. the vuews were not that great and looped around to waterman which had way better views and overall more enjoyable amazing rock climbing and awesome trail overall

Nice waterfall, however, be careful during/after rain because it becomes very slippery. Also, we noticed so much trash/litter in that area, we picked up three big bags with trash and it was still some left. We didn’t have trash bags anymore to pick up the rest. So, please, if you are going to visit this place, take a few trash bags and pick up the litter. The nature will be grateful and you fully can enjoy the waterfall.

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