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Rikka Cornelia
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HikingBugs
Thomas Geraci
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Hiking

Just some added on the seventh my first time and I am almost 65 years old. I started at 1:37 in the morning and finished at 8:50 at night so just over 19 hours which I know is slow compared to all the really youngsters out there. I only mention it for older people or short people or anyone who thinks they have a very steady but slower pace. There are some huge rocks in the trail from the earthquake we just named them earthquake rocks. The very last of the beautiful water that is clear and from the spring as a switch back 23. There’s no need to carry water until the last part of the day from switch back 23 to the Summit and back down that part of the hike as there are many water crossings involved in the initial 6 miles of the trail. That’s one nice thing at least which is you don’t have to carry all that weight until you get to switch back 23 when you do need to carry approximately 3 L to get yourself up and back from the summit. The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous and this is a very heavily trafficked trail so you will not be alone. You do not need micro spikes there’s only two small areas of snow but enough hikers have packed foot prints in the snow that you just carefully step in the prince and you’ll be fine. Not try this hike unless you are in shape to do so however 22 1/2 miles up and down almost 6200 feet is quite grueling.

Jennifer Vue
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This place is such a gem! Its so beautiful that I don't want people to know about it. Hike was moderately okay. I'd recommend bug spray. The flies bit me through my clothing! Trail is pretty narrow and rocky, so wear good shoes. And arrive super early for parking.. which is free. View is amazing with clear waters. You can't not go for a swim.

Modesta Zapata
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Hiking

This is probably the most stunning hike I’ve ever taken. Truly fairytale scenery out in Inyo. Biggest downside is how heavily trafficked this trail is, though we did go on a Monday before the 4th of July. Crowds thinned out after the 3rd mile though, and there’s plenty of opportunity to leave the trail to explore the many lakes, meadows and idyllic streams along the way. Still a bit of snow on the mountains in the beginning of the month. We’ll definitely be backpacking in next time. Never seen my dog in a more ecstatic state. Wear bug spray.

Alison Sullivan
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HikingRocky

Only completed part of the hike due to timing constraints. Great trail, but rocky exposed parts so go early before things heat up. Tactical note: within the first mile or so after a steep incline, you’ll reach a small lake (pond?) and the trail forks. Keep right to stay on the trail, it goes between a big boulder and a tree that hugs the water and looks like a dead end (but it’s not). Plus to add to confusion, the left of the fork has a sign that says “trail” but it’ll just loop you back down to the trailhead.

Alison Shuker
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HikingBugs

Great trail! Wasn’t busy on a Thursday when we got there at 10am. When we hiked back about 2pm the lot was full, people parking on the road up to the parking lot. Bring some bug spray, noticed more mosquitoes around the meadow area than at the lake itself. Also I would agree with most hikers it’s about 2.5 miles in, 5 round trip

Makeda Gayle
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BugsRocky

Trail is downhill on the way to the waterfall and all uphill back. The views are beautiful, just make sure you watch your step! In order to get to the waterfall, you'll get to a sign that marks the fork between Copper Canyon Falls and Burkhart Trail. Make sure you follow the sign to Burkhart Trail (keep right). After that, keep walking for 15 minutes and look to the left! When you see a broken tree (there are alot but it makes sense once on the trail), follow a steep path on your left. Luckily there were people sitting near the water when me and my boyfriend hiked it so we were able to find the waterfall easy! All in all, this was a BEAUTIFUL trail and I'll definitely be hiking it again!

Bill Haney
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Hiking

I obtained an Adventure Pass at the gas station in Big Bear City first thing that morning. There are warnings so I would pony up the $5.00 to avoid a fine. I hadn’t been on this trail since 1983! So my memory was foggy at best. The whole parking lot and accommodations were not there back then. Nevertheless, the place is well maintained and the trail was hard-pack for the most part, with benches at vista points for rest.. I chose to hike to the abandoned weather tower,a steep and loose rock trail so beware. Along the way I rockhounded and found some unusual minerals. I understand this area is a haven for gold diggers, so I will return! Being warm weather, I encountered one rattlesnake. I alerted others along the hike to stay alert along the way. Amazing views of the whole lake and the beautiful Holcomb Valley to the northeast. I camped in that valley later in the day in BLM land(FREE!).

Ruth Fowler
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Hiking

Lovely trail. Wide path. Gentle slope upwards following a river with plenty of swim holes. Very green and lush even in July which surprised me. Very few people on trail. Will definitely come here again. Nice gentle / moderate hike but long enough that you get some good exercise and beautiful scenery.

vinod kumar
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Hiking

good hike and easy. nice view on top

Israel Israel Franco
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HikingBugsGreat!Scramble

I had more trouble coming down than I did going up. In and out time was 7hrs 23mins for me. Awesome views from the top. Went through about 2.5L of water.

Zytlaly Zamora
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownPrivate property

Have to give this hike a 3 star review being that the weeds were overgrown & there was so many bees on the trail, starts off at a private property but friendly neighbors. Definitely not a place to bring little ones but dogs are ok. Brought my Pitbull & she loved the waterfall. Bring lots of sunscreen & water!

Sarah Schear
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on July 8 from 11 AM to 2:45 PM. So beautiful - loved the variation in terrain, from the dry terrain surrounded by enormous rock walls similar to Yosemite, to the shaded canyon bed with beautiful creek running alongside, to the rocks leading up to the falls. Bugs were not nearly as bad as advertised - we sprayed legs and arms with 40% DEET and did fine. Bring sun protection as the beginning of the trail has little shade, as well as plenty of water to get you through the incline in the last mile! We did not see any Bears or Snakes. Lots of room for social distancing on this hike! Thank you to the kind hiker who found my favorite cloth mask that I dropped inadvertently and hung it up on tree bark for me to find on the way back!!

Mike Sylvester
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This is one of my new favorite trails. A nice steady incline all the way up, and a very clear path. I started at 7:30am and had shade for almost 70% of the hike up. I recommend going clockwise so that you take the steeper part coming down. When you do come down, the stretch connecting Inspiration Point back to the starting trail (approx. 2 miles) is very narrow and overgrown. I would recommend you wear pants/long sleeved shirt, and definitely bring bug spray! Overall, a great hike with great views. Not too many people, but those who were there were wearing masks for the most part. I clocked in at just under 10 miles in 4 hours. Make sure to bring lots of water!

Trevor Rice
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Absolutely amazing hike! Limited shade for most of the hike. Especially the uphill section. Not too many mosquitos for majority of the hike. Really rocky for the steeper sections. Good shoes a must and poles a plus. If your doing a day hike make sure to give yourself lots of time to explore the lakes and take a swim! The water is amazing!

Rob Skaggs
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, lovely lakes. Great trail for the kids. Wish we had brought our dog. Definitely download the maps, there were lots of alternative trails and could be easy to get off trail.

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Kimberly H.
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes! Beautiful scenery and a ton of trout in purple lake. Well worth it. On another note, saw three people with altitude sickness having to leave the JMT. So be prepared Id you are not used to the elevation. 80 degrees and sunny with lots of mosquitoes in the afternoon.

Graham MacAulay
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Hiking

Excellent route to the summit. I started at Bunny Flats and camped at Horse Camp and 50/50 to have an easy way to acclimatize before the summit push. On summit day we were on the trail by 3 am, on the summit at 10 and back at Helen lake at 2:30. This route is naturally divided into manageable sections to make the summit push very doable.

Ann Mack
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As the other reviews state, the first 0.8 miles is the hardest, as it’s all uphill, but there are some challenging inclines that follow. After arriving at the lower lake, we did some scrambling along the boulders and played in the remaining snow. Took a plunge in the cold and refreshing lake. We then deviated from the Cathedral Lakes trail and looped around to the back of the lower lake and made our way onto the Medlicott-Dome Approach. This is a relatively challenging trail, which requires some traversing on narrow pathways with steep drops, so wouldn’t recommend to those who aren’t advanced. Upon the Medlicott-Dome Approach ending at the Tenaya Lake Trail, we took a right and hiked for another few miles until we reached the Cathedral Lakes trailhead. Bring some bug spray, as you traverse deep woods, creeks and marshy areas that are rampant with insects. In total, ~10 mile to do the loop. A great and challenging trek.

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