Hello, did anybody had any difficulty parking at the Marion Mountain trailhead?

Best trail so far!!! it is beautiful, and one of my favorite spots out there!!!! will go again!!!!

ohv/off road driving
bugs
rocky
20 hours ago

This trail was so much fun! Definitely the hardest one we’ve done yet. The road is very narrow so if a car is coming the opposite way you’ll find yourself having to reverse on the mountain (very nerve racking). The scenery is absolutely gorgeous and so many places you’ll want to pull over for pictures. There are a ton of bugs on this trail and would recommend some repellent. My husband used 4x4 most the time and would recommend it but isn’t necessary for the entire trail. We did see a lot of people set up for camp as well!

mountain biking
21 hours ago

May 23. We shuttled left a car in Nevada city. Started in Bear Valley rode to the busy general store on highway 20 for a sandwich then rode a trail into Nevada city. This ride was 28 miles and epic! Absolutely beautiful and had a little bit of everything - technical and flowing. Thanks to the people that maintain this trail because it was in excellent condition. Yay!

backpacking
21 hours ago

Hiked the JMT in 1999 with my father and older brother (and older sister until her knee gave out around Devils Post Pile). I had just turned 13 a few days before we started in Yosemite. We spent 3-weeks or so, and averaged about 10-12 miles per day. We chose not to speed up, because we wanted to enjoy ourselves and actually take in the views (plus, I was only 13). I was sometimes too young to appreciate everything, but I’d love to do this again one day. One of the most memorable experiences of my life, and definitely an awesome experience to give a young kid real confidence. I’m 32 now, and this hike set me up for a future in the Peace Corps, and a life of adventure seeking. I hope to take my son on this one day. We have a journal posted online. Just Google “Muir Trail Diary” and “Princeton” and it should pop up.

Great hike. You don’t need to stick to the trail.

Yesterday (May 23rd), I arrived at the parking lot at 6.20am, and was able to snag the very last spot, just in time as another 5 cars trickled in behind me. Literally no one realized this at the time, there is additional parking for $5 at the general store, in the dirt parking lot….it could take about 10 cars. I started walking clockwise, and mostly agreed with this decision throughout the day. The advantages of doing this - I didn’t see that many people on the way up the mountain, and arrived roughly at the same time as most people summited. It was then a (somewhat) quick dash down the other side without seeing too many people. It was the most beautiful of the 4 peaks I’ve climbed so far (other 3: Cucamonga Peak, Mt Baldy, San Gorgonio). Most of the day I was above the clouds. Just before the Sturtevant falls junction, I saw a baby bear eating trash out of a garbage can. Unfortunately, the wee-tiny little bear was surrounded by a wave of gawking humanity (at least 50 people surrounding it) taking selfies and screaming “OH MY GOD, HOW CUTE, OH MY GOD”. I snapped one quick photo and then legged it asap. Mama bear would be just around the corner and I didn’t want to end a statistic. The entire hike was so pleasant up…..until….. ….I got to the Sturtevant falls junction. Things became really really shitty for one simple reason - I was confronted with a steady trickle of at least 400 pleasure-seekers (I am not exaggerating) walking/stumbling/sweating/swearing their way to the falls. I witnessed loud boomboxes on every second group, people were throwing trash, beer cans, they had strollers, teenagers loudly complaining how hot and steep the hill was, people smoking. Really unhealthy (interpret that however you want) people with NO WATER BOTTLES, on a 75 degree day, staggering around blocking the path. 90% of them weren’t wearing masks, and I had to power-hike and weave through this sea of humanity, often coming within 2 feet of their putrid, Juul-sucking, chip eating, most-likely-COVID-infested faces. It was an undesirable, unexpected end to what was an beautiful hike until then. As I got to my car and drove down the hill (estimated 2 miles of windy, steep road), about 2/3 of the entire hill had parked cars. People were still walking up the road, I saw at least 100 people staggering and sweating up the hill. Only half had water. The police had blocked the road and were turning away dozens of cars at the entrance to the hill. People were simply parking on the residential streets, and still walking in….I was tempted to yell at them “turn back, it’s a 2 mile upward hike to even get to the starting point, and then another 2 miles of very steep hill to get to the waterfall!” But, I didn’t. Let them suffer, share on their social vanity networks how horrible an experience it was, and hope that they never come back and again ruin a beautiful mountain.

Trail head closed off to Bald Eagle nesting

hiking
snow
1 day ago

With the snow covering the trail, this became hard instead of moderate. Yes, there may be some visible footsteps in the snow but signage is very minimum. Highly suggest having a satellite gps. If it wasn’t for another pair of hikers who had one, we may have given up. On the way back, we decided to go straight up to a peak to best sunset. Scary! I personally do not enjoy snow.

muddy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

just hiked today we started at 11 and ended at 8 i was with my mom who is slower and we had no issues completing it. out of all the six pack of peaks hikes this is honestly my favorite. the huge boulders the gorgeous variety of trees and the multiple streams and small rivers made it very enjoyable. it is a littke tough and steep headed up but very doable and the 360 degree views are amazing up top.

hiking
snow
1 day 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 6.5 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Beautiful trail, made it to 6/7 lakes. Lake 5/6/7 were all iced over, 7 looked like you’d need snow gear. Definitely got near waist deep in snow at some points. Really beautiful hike, well maintained trails for the first 5 lakes, the trail between 5 and 6 was unclear but you can just beat a path across without special gear. One of the most scenic hikes, next time I’m camping at lake 2 and heading out to the palisade glacier!

Road is closed about 3 miles down from the trail. You can’t hike the trail because of snow anyway and it feels like you need about 2-3 weeks for snow to melt down.

hiking
bugs
snow
1 day ago

Awesome trail. Hard to follow at time due the the snow. Makes sure to download the map before hitting the trail, and keep and eye out for cairns.

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 day ago

Neat trail, and the waterfall at the end is very cool. Hard to get down but fun to swim in the pool at the bottom. It is very cold and the current is strong, so be careful. Lots of poison oak! Bring bug spray too. The uphill on the way back is tough so be prepared for that.

If you plan on taking Fire Lane Trail: after 2 months of COVID-19, this trail is heavily overgrown and I’m talking 5-6 feet high! At large sections you can’t even see the trail anymore. Needless to say, it was a pain in the butt to hike this trail. Don’t take it right now!

Good trail I honestly don’t thing it’s hard simply facts it’s not uphills more like a moderate trail but it’s long and get dark quickly so my advice bring a flash lights and plenty of water and maybe a emergency straw lots of waters

Amazing hike had such a fun time. Please pick up trash on your way out. Water was crystal clear and clean.

mountain biking
1 day ago

This was our first time out to this trail. It has the potential to be great—beautiful scenery, shady trail, river to cool off in—unfortunately, it was insanely crowded and trashed. Not sure if it was Covid fever or the holiday weekend but people, tents and food covered the riverbanks. Not a lot of mask wearing or social distancing. Tons of cars, people drinking. If you’re looking for a party then it’s perfect.

We only did an out-and-back to the first bridge, which is about 2.5 miles out. Having a dog on leash the whole time was challenging because it’s all downhill to the bridge and there isn’t enough space to be side-by-side; I wouldn’t bring them again. It’s much easier to run down to the bridge. The hike up was a good challenge, and you’ll have shade for almost all of the way back to the trailhead. We took a break at the bridge by the water. Beautiful creek. We were also awarded with some views of the canyon, but the trail is mostly shady and blocked the views from us. Cons: Millions of mosquitos. We tried to not take breaks because they’d immediately attack us. I also got my first tick bite from this trail, so be sure to check yourself afterward. There’s a ton of overgrowth, including of poison oak.

wonderful country side hike. widelife (ground squirrel, Raven, blue jay, etc.). Nice panorama too. A bit hard for our 8yo but doable. bring LOTS of water.

We hit a small patch of snow 2 miles in. At 3 miles the snow got too intense, and we did not have any gear to do that, so had to turn around :(

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

Intense workout but seeing the river and waterfall was a well worth beautiful site! We’re in good shape and the whole loop took us 2 1/2 hours.

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