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Beautiful easy trail. Great day hike from I5. Your chance to walk on a piece of the PCT!

It’s a hard trail in some points, really steep, but doable. We got lost so many times, the trail is not well marked, so you need to pay attention.

I didn't start this trail from the beginning as shown, but from the parking lot up at Vista view. from here, the trail isn't as long, but is a nice walk out to the creek.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

I was scared of bears

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Completed this hike last weekend. It was a great trail to hike with all the members of the family. It was easy and it offered plenty of shade.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

This shouldn't be it's own listing bc the trail it shows doesn't exist beyond where the PCT branches off and you're supposed to head down to the lakes. What you have to do is follow the Seven Lakes Basin trail, which isn't obvious unless you wander around for a while. The trail listed here would take you down some steep shale non-clear paths that are dangerous at best. Better off following seven lakes basin and heading back up to echo lake.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

The official trail ends at a creek with no view of the falls. But you will see a rusted pipe, which is where the "unofficial" trail begins. It's a well worn path, a bit more of a scramble than the rest of the hike but not too bad. About a half mile in you'll be able to get a view of the falls... However when we went in early July there was almost no water visibly flowing which was a big let down. But we did find a small clear pool of water along the way to take a very chilly dip in, which was quite fun and made the hike much more worthwhile. On another positive note, we saw less than 10 people the entire hike.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Not well maintained or much to see. we will not be back

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Monday, May 29, 2017

not much to see and badly marked

I use this trail as access to the Dome trail for Crags. Nice views at the top. Dome trail is rather difficult. Go pass the Dome trail and stay on the PCT is nice, fairly easy with some good views and quiet hiking.

Friday, December 16, 2016

No real trail. Just goes up to powelines. A waste of time. No marked trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This was a perfect short loop. I went around noon and it was shady most of the way and mostly pretty flat. You will see the sign for it (and some other harder trails) near the ranger station. The last cross over the creek is over some rocks but if you get wet you're almost back to the parking lot anyway!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Really pretty, easy trail. The only elevation climb is in first 20mins. It's straight up, but really smooth path. Walking under a canopy of trees almost the whole time, the whole trail. Bring your bug spray.

The only downfall, is this doesn't lead to anything. You go right to the creek, and have to turn right around. Not really enough space to even sit and have lunch or have four people stand at the same time.

The pictures already posted to this trail are not on this trail. I think they kept on the Pacific crest Trail to castle crags to get their shots. I would likely stay on Pacific crest next time, to see a better end game. But, following this map, you turn off to the right to go to root creek.

Like I said, great trail but nowhere to really sit down in the sun and relax.

Otherwise, this has to be one of the easier portions of the Pacific crest Trail.

on Root Creek Trail

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Gorgeous and easy trail

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Great. Went on a "pre-fall" cool but sunny day. Had a great time- lots of pics - just beautiful.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nice, easy hike. And they put in a couple bridge/boardwalk areas to get through without getting muddy in the wet season. We went most recently in late May & saw some white orchids. The trail ends at pretty Root Creek.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

I started this hike too late in the day and was only able to go as far as the springs as it was getting dark. The spring was still flowing even in this drought stricken year. From the spring there is a great view up to the crags. The hike is straight up with a thousand foot elevation gain in just under 2 miles. A good work out. This trail crosses the Pacific Crest Trail early on.

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