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Went for an overnight Saturday-Sunday (August). Perfect solitude. The fiancé, pup, and I encountered one other couple on their way out. The hike wasn’t too challenging, although it was at least 90 degrees out. After stopping to fish and swim at the lake, we proceeded on to a small secluded fall, where we would later setup camp. But first, we continued on to Fordyce Falls, which was pretty and offered a deep swimming hole. We didn’t make it all the way to Eagle Lakes, but our weekend totaled just over 13miles. Watch out for rattlesnakes, we spotted 2!
I’d recommend this hike if trying to find solitude and escape from summer crowds.

Hiked the trail yesterday, well marked even with several detours. Came across 1 rattlesnake on the trail. Missed stepping on it by a foot. Keep your eyes down on the trail in rocky areas. Beautiful hike with several safe swimming holes above the falls . Not many hikers, wildness all to ourselves.

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.

Just tried to hike to this lake. The trailhead was hard to find because of no visible signs. 4 rattle snakes were spotted on the trail so we didn’t go as far back to the falls. We camped at the lake for two nights and that was nice. There is a nice little camp set up along the trail that we took advantage of.

Awesome trail! I've never hiked the full 11 miles, but usually hike 8-9. Still a great time and enjoy hanging out at the river with friends.

Love this trail into Round Lake from Carr lake. The drive is tough up to Carr for the last couple miles. But the hike in is easy and beautiful. Round Lake is kind of secluded and hidden from the wind. A great place to base camp and explore from.

Short easy flat hike. Very well maintained. Lots of pinecones on the trail right now. Interpretative signs were interesting. The marsh was iced over, which was cool to see, and there is a tiny bit of snow on the ground in the shady areas.

Great family friendly trail! We will be back!

The trail is very clearly marked and easy to find. There are two small waterfalls. The trail is in good condition and there are great interpretive signs describing the wildlife, trees, etc. This is a good easy trail, lots of shade, lots of water. There are bathrooms and a water spigot.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

A beautiful but short interpretive trail. Bear River falls is a nice feature and the forest is a beautiful mix of Oak, pine, Alder and Cedar. I did run into a Rattlesnake on trail. Be alert.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

It was a pleasant trail. The waterfall was obscured by trees though.

Also don't pay attention to the long line to the interstate, I forgot to turn it off

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Cool hike. Spotted a heart stump and unexpected waterfall!

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Good for beginners and kids. Lots if signs along the way from which the kids can learn. The description says mountain biking, but there are signs that clearly say biking is not allowed. Bathrooms are stinky with lots of flies

hiking
Friday, April 22, 2016

Super easy, short hike and lots of water:) The falls are beautiful and easy to get down to. Nice picnic area in the shade and right next to the water. If you walk across the street you can sit next to a small waterfall by the bridge. This is a great trail for kids since it's short and easy and lots to look at. The only two concerns we had were 1) Bathrooms very dirty/smelly so don't go in there

walking
Sunday, November 22, 2015

Had an amazing time and the dogs loved running the path and wading in the water. This would make a great summer swimming hole!

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Not a good trail. There was garbage on the trail and in the stream. Gravel "trail" most of the time.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Went for a walk with our three year old, and our 1 year old in the stroller. It was great, would recommend it to anyone especially someone looking for and easy, short hike.

hiking
Monday, June 29, 2015

Great trail, easy walk. The first time we went, we let our son walk most of it by himself, and at the time he was only a year old. Great family trail.

birding
Friday, June 12, 2015

Nice easy trail. Interpretive signs along the way. Picnic area nearby.

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

Nice short hike, that old and young can do with no problem. Lots of trees and running water.

walking
Thursday, April 17, 2014

I've done this nature trail a few times. It's a nice little walk in the woods with interpretive signs pointing out different species of pine and other flora, none of which I can ever remember! Same as the earlier reviewer, I've done this trail before or after other hikes higher up in the mountains. A few weeks ago I heard a giant chorus of frogs down in the marshy area. A pretty creek with some small-ish waterfalls. Great for kids (of all ages).

hiking
Saturday, November 09, 2013

Our family really enjoyed this trail it was fun and easy. We actually stopped on our way up I-80 to a trail in truckee and we are really happy we stopped. My only complaint is that it IS NOT in Alta. I grew up in Alta this trail would be better explained as being around Yuba Gap. Which is a good 20 miles past Alta. Other then that it is beautiful an fun especially for small kids!

off road driving
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