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it's a beautiful hike into God's country.

just love this place . it's a beautiful hike into God's country.

Rain and hail so be prepared

Challenging in the heat, but worth it for the views.

backpacking
9 days ago

Nice and easy backpacking. But to many mosquitoes. Need more insect repellents.

My first Sierra backpacking trip with a Boy Scout group. The hike is quite strenuous, and the elevation makes it more so. The views are amazing, and the fishing is quite good (I didn't fish, but most of the other hikers did).

There is plenty of water, but make sure you bring a way to purify it.

Also, bring a mosquito net, as they are EVERYWHERE. Worst of all, they did not seem to get the memo that you should not bite someone who wears bug repellent. If anything, it seemed to attract them even more!

beautiful and easy walk

hiking
13 days ago

Only went as far as Heart Lake. Very scenic stroll without any drastic elevation climbs. Great trail to do with the kids. There is a lot more traffic than the trail to Ruby Lake/Mono Pass but not oppressive by any means.

Fished for an hour at Heart Lake but was unsuccessful. Was worth it for the views alone though.

hiking
13 days ago

What an incredible hike! I started off around 9:45 AM, made it to Ruby Lake around 10:45. It is the quintessential Alpine lake, just awesomely scenic, surrounded by jagged peaks. After a small snack, I started my way up the switchbacks. Right before you make the turn north, keep an eye out for a small cairn on top of a large flat rock. This leads down the hill a little to an epic view of Ruby Lake. Amazing to just sit, relax, and take everything in.

There was still a little bit of snow remaining at the top of the pass but it was easily manageable in hiking shoes. I have to say the Summit Lake is a bit anticlimactic, just a large puddle, pretty much.

From there, I took a side trip up to Mt. Starr. The best way seemed to be diagonal towards the SE, then switching back NE. The sluff was tough but the loose cobbles, you really had to be vigilant to prevent them shifting and sliding under you. Once you get within 100 feet of the top, you have more solid rock, which provides excellent footing. Then you just work your way along the ridge towards the top. Very sketchy on top as it is a long way down the other side. If you have a fear of heights, you'll feel a little vertigo, especially with the wind. it took about an hour to get to the top from Mono Pass. Round trip with breaks, photos, etc. was a little less than 6 hours.

backpacking
13 days ago

Really great hike! Going to Horton Lake on this trail gives you views of Mount Tom from the valley below. Old mine cabins and small lake trout (brookies). Only bad thing is the mosquitos,bring your deet. Do it no regrets. Only six people per day allowed for overnight.

What a great day hike, with tons of spectacular views the entire way. We thought this hike started moderate and towards the switchback end was definitely hard. We had our 9 year old and she lasted about 70% of the way, then went back to Lake Sabrina.

Definitely not for kids who are not used to altitude and moderate/hard hiking. Make sure you take lots of water and start early. That sun on the first half was intense!

hiking
19 days ago

From the trailhead to the 3rd Hilton lake it is ruined by the packers! Deep dish sand with heaps of donky doo. Why don't they require poop bags? After lake 3 it was sublime. I suggest waiting until Fall after some rain and the packers go home.

Absolutely beautiful! Blue lake is crystal clear and surrounded by amazing peaks. Puppy dog had fun chasing squirrels too!

backpacking
28 days ago

Awesome hike! I took my time in this and spent two nights with my dog 6/15-6/17. The first day really kicked my butt (I blame the altitude). But after getting rest, I really got to enjoy the scenery, waterfalls, (unfrozen) lakes - although I’d note that night time still reached freezing temps. I’d definitely recommend his time of year to go.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Very little shade. Well worn path easy to follow. First 1/2 mile is pretty flat walk on dirt road then it’s uphill for about 2 miles. When the path splits at the loop junction I recommend taking the left path. Takes you between the boulders really beautiful.. The trail is slippery because of tiny gravel so wear shoes with grip

Beautiful hike. I had been to Grass Lake, but never Lamarck. It is beautiful

Beautiful views. Just went last weekend and the trail still has some snow and icy at some points as well as soft snow near the mouth of long lake. Long lake still pretty much frozen. But highly recommend for the views.

Trail was in good condition with one or two sections still covered by a few feet of snow as you climb toward the plateau. Nothing impassible, although, it was a bit hard to follow at times. We camped on the southern end of the lake.

There were quite a few other hikers passing through over the course of the afternoon, including one couple who decided to setup their tent 20 yards from us. Thank you for that. For a more secluded experience push past Blue Lake to anyone of the other countless lakes tucked away in the John Muir Wilderness. The trails beyond will open up in the coming month or so.

This was a fun afternoon hike. It was closer to 6 miles from the Marina parking lot. Lots of water and some small snow crossing.

Great hike. Goes from Rock Creek to Crowley Lake Campground BLM. Traffic was moderate on the trail and everyone was extremely friendly.

GREAT hike.

Hit Piute Pass trail 5/5 - 5/6, with the trail being mostly covered in snow still. Lock Leven and Piute lake being frozen over was surreal. Picture perfect views from the pass of a winter wonderland. Stayed the night for an amazing sunrise. Definitely will coming back, after the spring melt.

camped at blue lake last night it got 1-2 feet of snow overnight so be prepared. with prior accumulation there were some waist deep sections and snow shoes would help

off road driving
1 month ago

This hike was beautiful. If you have an off road vehicle with great tires, then I say its worth the trek! Very pleased

The highest of the five lakes is a jewel.

2 months ago

Good workout.

The snow made it difficult bit special.

Lost GPX file so had to draw it out. Much more strenuous than the 17 miles (GPX file read ~25 miles) and 5000 vertical feet described. First and last 6 miles (on trail up to Lamarck Col and down from Muriel Lake) are fine but everything in between is scrambling, talus, shale, route finding. All class 3, sometimes having to take off packs etc. Still worth it for the views of Darwin Canyon if you don't have time for the 55 mile North Lake to South Lake loop. Doable in 3 days but don't underestimate the route finding/talus/boulder fields.

hiking
4 months ago

We visited this trail in between storms. So we couldn't ascend to the top to complete the hike, we were not prepared for the 6" of snow which occurs after the first ascent. With that said, what we did hike was moderate. The hike was increasing elevation at a steady pace, nothing crazy. Beautiful views of the desert, cool rock formations. We didn't stay to long as snow flurries started to fall and it was cold.

backpacking
4 months ago

Finished in 2014 what I started in 2012. A "must do" for any backpackers' bucket list

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