blowdown
off trail
rocky
snow
3 days ago

I hiked to Statue with my 6 and 9 year old kids. Lots of trees acrossed the trail for the first .5 mile. The trail also had areas of snow. We had a difficult time find the trail from the PCT. Once you come to where the creek flows along the PCT you need to turn up the draw. The trail wasnt noticeable. Had to off trail to the lake. Moderate hike with great scenery

Great moderate hike. We did it in 3 days which was a perfect 6.5 miles every day. There was ample camping spots for us each night once we reached 6 miles, which was perfect for us. I highly recommend going down to East boulder lake, it was the prettiest part of the hike by far! You have to look for the trail down , but it’s marked by a tree. We camped there and didn’t want to leave!

hiking
9 days ago

We found a girl out on this trail LOST on Memorial Day weekend. The trail had downed logs all across it (it’s in a burn patch, and the snow is just melting so obviously not maintained... YET), and once you hit the PCT there is snow as of Memorial Day. This is a wilderness trail, please do not expect this to literally be a walk in a park and magically you are at a lake “all to yourself”.

Little bear lake is still covered 30% with ice. I think the ice will be gone within a week of this warm weather. most of the surrounding land is still covered in snow beside little bear lake. The hike from big bear to wee bear is quite difficult and was alot more time consuming than anticipated. Overall beautiful views at all 3 lakes. The hike to big bear lake was also tougher than expected, it continuously goes up hill. It took approximately 3 hours to get to big bear lake from the trailhead. Also, at the very start of the trailhead the bridge is out so you may need to cross 1-2 feet of water right off the bat.

Went here with my fur babies over Memorial Day Weekend and except for the occasional day hiker, I had the place to myself. The snow covered granite peaks were amazing views to wake up to and ponder the day, feeling blessed to have my health to enjoy such wonder.

This was my first backpacking trip back in October of 2018. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to backpacking in the back country than this trail. I was accompanied by a family of six with four little girls and a very old bulldog. It’s an easy, beautiful, and enjoyable hike for all!

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Day Hiked 10-13-19. Moderately steep climb from start to finish. Trail is easy to follow up to Big Bear Lake. To find Wee Bear and Little Bear, backtrack down from Big Bear and angle off to the right (as you’re descending) to find a few cairns that mark the “trail” up to Wee Bear/Little Bear. As mentioned before, there are multiple established cairn routes- best to pick one and continue climbing towards Wee Bear Lake. From Little Bear Lake, there’s a loosely marked scramble trail from the northwest side of the lake that ascends up to a ridge. Beautiful views of the valley. A few fall colors along the trail this weekend

Little Bear and Wee Bear lakes were visited as a day trip based out of Big Bear Lake. What an amazing little lake with beautiful tent sites on the NE and Eastern side of the lake, takes the crown for beauty in the Trinity Alps. Wee Bear, not so much. After a difficult entry into the lake across the saddle from Big Bear Lake, a much more appealing route was found on the return. Using the outlet trail from Big Bear Lake, follow the contours of the bare granite slopes to the South and follow them Eastward gradually gaining elevation where opportunity presents. There are numerous constructed cairns that have no perceivable value other than confusion, and you will do well to follow your line of sight, ultimately orienting yourself to the drainage from the Wee Bear outlet. The route is a little easier into the lake once you cross the drainage and continue to head up. Because this is off trail and real no trail to follow, packing in is a decent challenge if carrying more than a day pack, but well worth it.

hiking
over grown
9 months ago

Trail overgrown nearing lake. Grazing cattle make wandering off of overgrown trail easier due to their cow trails. Beautiful lake (shallow pond). Brook Trout in lake and stream. Fun to catch. Trail to Long Gulch Lake from Fish Lake is nice but steep as you head over ridge. Much easier trail to keep track of. Couple used camping spots at far end of lake as you approach. Shared lake with one other hiker/hunter.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked to this lake today! Two people were leaving campsite when I arrived, and two couples arrived shortly thereafter. That was the only people activity during my several hours there. Swam across the small lake a couple of times. Climbed up through the boulders to get a look on the other side but didn't get make it to exactly where I wanted to. I need to get some real hiking footwear.

hiking
10 months ago

Really sweet spot! Quite a few people stopped for a swim from the PCT but no one camped. Camping spots are very limited on account of steep Forrest giving way to massive granite blocks surrounding the lake. I managed to catch some really nice trout. I did the trail with my 10 year old son easily.

This trail is not hard and it only takes 2 hours to reach the lake. Telephone lake is clear and a good swimming lake

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views! As discussed previously, I would also recommend turning off the PCT once you hit the campsite and creek. One note, the trail from the creek isn't much of a trail considering the damage from the wildfire. I would suggest taking a GPS and taking a direct line once you turn off the PCT. Lastly, I found the distance to be inaccurate. Once you're complete with Music Creek Trail portion and reach the PCT, turn right and the campsite/creek area isn't too far (less than a mile). Once there, it's roughly a 15-20 minute walk to the lake with packs.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
scramble
11 months ago

Definitely take the way from the campsite and stream to statue lake. We took the much harder way at first and scrambled up a very steep hillside. But the views and lake were stunning! A nice beautiful peaceful spot to enjoy the day. A really nice hike!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful hike and not that difficult! I would say that it is best to leave the PTC trail once you come to the creek and campsite. I waited until later and had to scramble up a very steep mountain side to get to the lake. There was some snow around the lake and along the banks. However, it was clear of snow for the majority of the shoreline. I was able to get to the Music Creek Trailhead with a Prius. There is one rut that if not taken slow will mess up a car as well as a little stream. I had to stop the car a few times to move out larger rocks, but overall if a Prius can make it any car can make it. Just take it slowly and don't get too confident on the way down with the car. That is when I drove over some rocks that put a little damage on the bottom. Great hike and definitely plan on camping here over the summer!

A great hike!

backpacking
muddy
rocky
snow
11 months ago

There is still a lot of snow for this time of year. You have to walk through a lot of very wet areas and very steep areas covered in snow closer to the lake. The lake is still iced over with little fishing activity. still very beautiful area even with the wind and cold.

hiking
Mon Jul 09 2018

Went on 7/7/2018. Easy to find, well maintained forest service road. I would rate as easy because the incline is so gradual. Wildflowers were nearing the end, but thousands of butterflies along the creek, probably because of the blooming milkweed. I believe they were Acmon Blues. Because of the westerly wind direction, no smoke from the Klamathon fire. Forest, meadows, creeks, waterfalls, pristine lake. What more could one ask for?

Beautiful! Trail well maintained, clean, and tons of wildflowers in bloom right now! We went on the 4th of July 2018. Great place for all ages!

Loved this hike. Beautiful!! Loved being close to the PCT too!

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