hiking
4 hours ago

Word of warning: there is no payoff here. You will go for a beautiful hike through the woods, with lovely wooded canyon views intermittently. But no summit/killer view at the end, and not a big meadow--I recommend stopping at Johns Meadow camp. That said: still a worthy hike. Fairly shaded, saw snow flower, blue columbine, indian paintbrush, a few I haven't ID'd yet, and of course, phenomenal trees and shrubs of all local persuasions (some manzanita still blooming, too). Word of caution--the map takes you past Johns Meadow Camp. The trail becomes extremely steep with narrow and gravelly switchbacks. I way overshot the end of the map's depicted trail, and my poor little quarantine body, weak after months of inactivity, is pissed! A good reminder of basic trail smarts: don't get so excited about seeing a meadow that you hike beyond your readiness. It's not worth the potential injury, and sometimes... there is no meadow.

this trail was BEAUTIFUL but there's not actually a meadow. following the trail all the way around doesn't really take you anywhere so probably just stop at the Johns Meadow Camp. it was a little strenuous but as I mentioned totally gorgeous. there are crazy trees everywhere and the trail takes you through several slightly different types of forest environment. the little white flowers everywhere were so whimsical and looked like lil forest sprites. I also loved the red asparagus looking snow plants I've never seen anything like them before, so lit! you spend a lot of time walking along a ridge and every once in a while the forest will part and you can see all through the valley. there were a couple fallen trees and some easy stream crossings. some of the most stunning scenery I've seen in a while. loved this hike! would probably do it again as a quick backpacking trip. road in is rocky tho, my crv almost got stuck so be careful!

The map is incorrect and will bring you to nowhere at the end; turns out the end is where the Johns Meadow camp sign is. The map will bring you well beyond that up the ridge. Otherwise it’s a beautiful hike with a good amount of shade and some easy water crossings.

hiking
bugs
no shade
1 day ago

This is a great trial! Very good workout because it’s all uphill. There is very little parking at the beginning of the trial, only about 7-8 parking spots so get there early! But there is no fee to park. When you get to the top their is a picnic table and the fire tower. Their is also a bathroom, it’s a little stinky but it at least had toilet paper. There are a lot of bugs so bring bug spray! Also bring lots of water because there is no shade until you get up to the top. Also, there are a few cars that go up the trial so watch out for vehicles when hiking.

Great hike for a warm day. The trail is mostly shaded with two nice creeks to look forward too. The trail does have slight up and downs in and out, but nothing too strenuous. Today there were at least four downed trees on the trail that we needed to climb over. One pretty muddy part, but nothing hiking boots or trail shoes can’t handle. There are rocky parts to navigate though. We did the hike in 2 hours and 51 minutes. Overall, it is a wonderful hike!

I did this backpack trip over the memorial weekend. FYI, for day hikes no permits needed. For overnights a permit is required. Go to SGWA.org for the latest information. It’s a fantastic overnight hike with plenty of water at Dry Lake/Lodgepole camps. Pack it in, pack it out.

Fun trail with great views. Went out about 3 miles and mistakenly thought we found a new path. Ended up carrying the bikes all the way down the mountain to the river to find our way backs. Would not recommend trying what we did.

Great hike! Beautiful day!

Well established,out and back trail, with plenty of scenery. Good father-daughter day. The trail does track the river but you never come in contact with it... River is a couple hundred feet below, but we could hear it the entire walk. Getting my daughter into hiking and this was an excellent trail to test her interest. Advise some caution to those new to hiking as the trail descends the whole way out, so when planning out your distance, please keep in mind the way back will be a bit more effort (at no point would I consider the trail steep or challenging though).

hiking
snow
8 days ago

Really beautiful trail, lots of wildflowers along with new growth in the first few miles of the trail. We camped at Jackstraw Creek, which had pretty good cover from the wind. Temps drop at night significantly and felt colder than forecasted, so bring extra layers. From about 5 miles onward there were patches of snow covering the trail, but the snow was melting rapidly. Beautiful views along the way up. Definitely recommend trekking poles for this, especially due to the snow. Spikes were not required.

Highly recommend this one. Steady elevation climb to the lake with great views of San Gregorio along the way. A few spots the trail is still muddy from snow runoff. Good amount of water at the lake as well. As decent amount of people hiking the trail but not too crowded. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring lots of water.

Steep incline. Should take a beginner about an hour to get to the top. The views are gorgeous! Especially early am! The road back down is a breeze!

Super fun trail , for intermediate riders. Some parts are easy others technical and scary. Only rode 4 miles and I loved it. You have to try it.

Enjoyed this hike a lot! You’ll see a couple creeks and some mud so maybe wear some shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy. Took us approximately 6 hours, started at 10am and didn’t end until around 3pm.

Great Trail! Beautiful weather and views once you hit the final switchbacks. Yes, there are quite a bit of people hiking up to dry lake, but the earlier you start the less you see.

Great first backpacking trip! 3 day 2 night backpack to dry lake to camp and then attempted to summit San G from Dry lake the next day. A few streams at the bottom before the switchback that lead up to Dry Lake. Please no campfires!! It’s still really dry up there and it’s still recovering from the last wildfire. Great day hike some bugs/flys on the trail.

hiking
bugs
no shade
17 days ago

Pretty much all uphill but work it for the view at the end. Very nice weather right now.

This is a great trail. Very wooded area. Not affected by any recent fires. The forest here is healthy and beautiful. Lots of ups and downs with elevation gain and loss. Any time you cross four or more streams in a hike you’re going to be going down to the creek, then up and around the shoulder or ridge, then back down to the creek. Took us just about 6 hrs with 5 kids ranging from 9-15. Do it.

recently did this trail. there are a few downed trees after fish creek camp that are tough to get around but otherwise the trail is in great shape. road there is easy for higher clearance vehicles (I drove a mazda cx 5 awd). fire damage is bad until the camp.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
no shade
rocky
19 days ago

Nice hike. Bugs are only for first couple miles. The lake was really nice, sat and had lunch no bugs. There is one small muddy section. I recommend going early in the morning as there is very little shade for at least half of the trail. Pretty busy trail.

bird watching
snow
20 days ago

It was a great trail until about 4.5 miles in it got to be pretty deep patches of snow. Lost and found the trail a few times. Forged on for about another half a mile before deciding to turn around because we weren’t sure it was going to get any better. Other than that saw a mountain bluebird, mountain chickadees a beautiful yellow orange and black bird yet to be identified.

backpacking
blowdown
rocky
snow
21 days ago

Backpacked May 9-10, 2020. No snow until the last quarter before reaching Dry Lake. There is still some snow that's melting, but plenty of dry spots to camp on. Didn't go up San G as I heard snow is still to deep. No snow gear required up to Dry Lake. There were 4 opportunities to fill up on water the way there including at Lodgepole Springs. There were a few fallen trees that were easily navigable. Please do not have a campfire. An entitled backpacker across the lake started one when the permit explicitly says not to. The area is a tinder box, don't be that one person.

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