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Rich Gomez
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Backpacking

Amazing Trek up to the Glaciers! We began our trek on Friday during the month of June. Amazing scenes along the way. We were able to see 4 out of the 7 lakes. Already planning out trip back in September to try and summit Mt. Sill. Highly recommend this Adventure.

Kimi Lazcano
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jul 07 2020
Hiking

I believe most have described this hike....first few miles are exposed with switchbacks. Once you get to the waterfall, the hike gets really beautiful. The trail is well maintained and moderate, not for beginners. We hiked to the second lake and recorded 11 miles round trip, from Big Pines campground entrance.

Alexander Alabbas
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HikingRocky

My favorite hike! Only reached the second lake because I just wanted to lay down and relax in front of all the beauty. Start early! I started at 7. Reached the second lake at 9. On the way down, the trail had a lot more people.

Anais Gautron
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HikingBugsNo shade
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Juliette Mcgough
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Hiking

Great trail with clear signs. It is a moderate to hard hike and the elevation can really shorten your breath but it is totally worth it. The trail head is right next to the big pine creek campground which is super convenient. Start the hike as early as possible to avoid seeing people. Also, the gravel is hard to walk in, sort of like sand. But it’s only for about a mile or two.

Damon Grannan
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HikingBugs
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Veronica Calixto
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jul 04 2020
Hiking

This trail is not easy... woke up today at 3am to get their at 7. From the beginning the sun was already hot! We climbed to the second lake. STUNNING. What they don’t tell you the elevation is 10k it increases as you go . Be prepared with extra sun screen and the increase in elevation. Other than that views are amazing!

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Lakyn Smith
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Hiking

My friend and I decided to get out because we were going crazy with quarantine, and I’ve been dying to go here for years. With the excitement of coming to this dreamy place, I didn’t fully research the trails. Make sure you know to go north fork not south ;) we ended up going to brainerd lake on accident (south fork) and then did this trail the next day. Because of doing the trail to brainerd lake which was beautiful, quiet, and challenging we were sore for this hike. We only made it to 2nd lake because of this. Next time would like to do more. Made it to 2nd lake in 2 hours. GORGEOUS. Bring water, go early, we did the “upper trail” which had a steady incline but not too bad, but the sun. Beat the sun.

Lucy Solie-Vilker
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Did the loop and saw 5 lakes. Left the parking lot at 7:05am and retuned at 12pm. AllTrails was accurate for our milage. Recommend starting early, the trial was extremely busy & hot on our way down.

Chris Mizerak
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning! Gorgeous lakes and constant waterfalls along the way. A true beauty.

Sasha Smirensky
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Hiking

First off, this trail is BEAUTIFUL and isn’t a super popular one so I definitely recommend it if you’re looking to escape from the public right now. I did a lot of initial research for the trail and heard it was tough due to the beginning being exposed and having a significant elevation gain. If you start at 6am or earlier, you should definitely be able to make it to the more shaded area of the trail by 9am before the sun becomes brutal. You first water on the trail is 4miles in when you reach the creek so be prepared to bring a bunch of water for your initial stretch. You follow the creek for a while before leaving the shaded area again, but the exposed area is short lived before entering the forest again on the way to the meadow. The meadow is another spot to refill on water, but after refilling at the initial creek I didn’t stop for water again until Sawmill lake. After the meadow you will continue up the winding/switch back trail of mixed sun/shade until you reach Mule lake and you know you’re almost there. I didn’t notice any evidence of camping near mule lake but it is definitely pretty enough to spend some time at. The push from Mike lake to Sawmill lake has some loose talus for a short portion of the trail. Once you cross the creek/lake outlet from sawmill, the majority of campsite by the lake are in that general area. Several of the campsites have short walls/barricades made out rocks, boulders, logs, and branches. I am grateful to whoever spent time building these because when it is windy by the lake, there are brutal 50 mph+ winds that will knock you off your feet and sound like they will destroy your tent. Bugs were not bad at Sawmill lake even before the wind started up. At the lake I dropped the majority of my gear and continued up to Sawmill pass and back. This area is gorgeous with a few small lakes and valleys. Plenty of patchy snow off trail. There is more loose rock on the trail as you get close to the pass but nothing too difficult. I noticed several deer bones/carcasses off trail but nothing too fresh. I spotted only one bear while on the trail and it was while I was hiking back down. The bear was near the first creek crossing once you come down from the meadow and it spooked easily and ran off.

Madison Hodgkins
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Hiking

Hard with the elevation but so worth it. Me and a friend wanted to backpack to the 5th lake but only made it to the 3rd due to us being tired. We camped out at 2nd lake and had an amazing view. The way up is hard and took us about 3 hrs to get to the 3rd lake and 2hrs to get back down. We are planning on going back to make it a day hike to see all the lakes.

Fernandez Shaw
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Hiking

Completed the hike 6/28. Started on the trail @7am was able to see all the beautiful lakes except for 7 which I seen from a distant because by that time I was exhausted. Did this as a day hike. I took great pictures but it still didn’t do no justice to how beautiful it is. Definitely not an easy hike as we took mini breaks on the way but was able to keep it trekking with the steady incline plus elevation. Trail was well marked as well. Finished the hike around 5ish. Definitely worth the experience

KristinMike B.
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HikingBugsOff trail

If I could click multiple times on bugs- I would. They were everywhere, however we would not be deterred from the beauty and experience!!!! The venture in is challenging- constant uphill, but we took a lunch break and small siesta at lake 3 and forged on! So worth it. Did the loop and enjoyed all of it for 3 days. Already looking forward to going back, with picardin, deet, and permethrin for the bugs. Lol

Tone M
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HikingBugsScramble
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Brian L
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarTue Jun 30 2020
Hiking

Great hike with amazing views. Traveled through the beautiful eastern sierras from the Bay Area and I’m glad I did. Met a lot of people who where from so cal. We did a 1 night backpacking trip. Make sure to get a permit if you plan on staying over night. Started our hike at 6am before the sun started to beam on us. The trial throughout the whole way was amazing. We only saw 2 groups on the way we hiked on a Friday. We ended our hike at the second lake. We finished our hike at 11am and got a sweet spot viewing the lake and temple Craig (check out my pic with the yellow tent haha). Make sure to bring. On our way back at 10am on a Saturday the trail was super busy. Make sure to plan ahead if you want to avoid the crowds. Definitely recommend this hike.

Anna Hill
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Hiking

Wonderful hike! We went up to first lake and then second lake is literally right around the corner. Bring plenty of water for the altitude gain (the hike is uphill all the way) and there is a good amount of sun exposure. We started on the trail at 6am and ran into very few people. It took us about 4 hours to ascend which was a good time to have lunch at the lake. But the trail was really busy as we descended. We would highly recommend this hike if you like a challenge and are willing to put in the work.

Jesus Huidobro
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
Hiking

Went up a day before thanksgiving and only got as far as the first lake due to lack of gear to camp out there (long story, but couldn’t acquire the gear as I had planned due to a hiccup.) It was still worth the drive up there, though. Snow still covered the landscape as you got closer to the lake, which was frozen solid. My new favorite alpine heaven, will be back one day to camp up there and visit the Palisades Glacier.

Mark Harrier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
Hiking

One of the most amazing trails I’ve ever hiked! Do yourself a favor and make it at least to Third Lake - plenty of spots with incredible views to stop and have lunch. I wouldn’t think of the trail as necessarily hard or difficult, more moderate, but you’ll want plenty of water and a good pair of comfortable hiking shoes on. Give up a whole day for it - we stopped in about a hundred spots for pictures!

Eliot Yeh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 27 2020
Hiking

Prepare sun protection and you are ready for a journey with view of astonished lakes nestled among pines and rocky valley.

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Dennis McCanna
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Hiking

Amazing Hike.

Daisy Shim
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Hiking

Just did this hike backpacking one day in and next day out only going as far as second lake. Things I would have liked to have known before going: There are two parking lots. One for day use and one for overnight. The trailhead from the overnight parking has a pit toilet but is also further away and more exposed in the beginning than the trailhead at the day use lot. If you start from the overnight lot, you won’t come across water on the trail until around a mile and a half into the hike. You will be hiking next to a river but in order to get to it you will have to leave the original trail and go down to the river and then you can choose to follow the path next to the river or go back up to the trail you were originally on. The trail next to the river has more shade but it might be easy to get confused as to which trail to take as you follow that trail as it can lead to a different direction than the big pines lakes. There are stream crossings but not so serious that you need waterproof hiking boots. I did it in my trail runners and was fine. Right before first lake is a stream next to a stand of bigger trees. This is the last running stream you will find until after second lake. If you are filtering water for drinking as you go and prefer running water to standing water, it might be worth it to bring a large bladder and fill it at this point since it is a reasonable distance/elevation difference if you camp between first and second lake and you have to go back for water later. We (two adults and a dog) had one extra tall nalgene and one standard nalgene and we had to fill it after we set up camp. Things would have been easier if I had just taken my 3 liter camelbak and filled that with the nalgenes right at that last stream crossing. Took my frenchie and had an evaporative cooling vest from ruffwear that worked amazing. Only issue we didn’t anticipate was that his paws were getting burned by the gravel/sand on the way out. Might want to consider booties for your dog unless they’re accustomed to hot surfaces. There’s also a lot of broken glass on the trail behind the horse corral. Time-wise, it took us almost 7 hours to get to second lake (we were in terrible shape and carrying all our backpacking gear) and about 3 hours to hike back out. But if you want a gauge for yourself and your stats are comparable, anticipate taking this amount of time!

Jamie Finegan
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HikingBugsRocky

As someone who doesn’t hike regularly and came from sea level, this hike was very hard but doable with lots of short breaks. We started at 8:30am and got to the second lake by 1pm. The first two miles are steep and there is barely any shade. Once you reach the waterfall, the trail isn’t as steep and goes through the beautiful forest with plenty of shade for the next two miles to the first lake. The first and second lakes were stunning and well worth the struggle to get there.

chuck & lisa Alessi
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Hiking

Extremely beautiful hike as always if you only have one hike to do in this area this is the one to do. No snow on the trail and the trail is very easy to walk on no big rocks no big holes or anything like that and you will get to see five or six beautiful lakes

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Fabiola Flores
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

We only hiked towards lake 2 and honestly not complaining! The hike itself is doable but very strenuous. We started around 10:30ish and arrived to lake 2 at 2:30pm. It took us about 4 hours because we took many breaks in between. I would say the first two miles of the hike is the hardest because of the elevation gain and there being no shade. Once you hit the waterfall, you’ll get a lot more shade. Beware, there are a lot of mosquitoes and other bugs. Bring sunscreen and snacks because you will spend majority of your day there. Also, take your trash with you. The trail is very clean and nice so let’s keep it that way. We got back to our car at 6:30. It took us half the time to get down than to go up. Overall, the views are worth it!

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