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Ashley Phelpsleak
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Hiking

Busy place but a great starting point for Yosemite, your able to see most everything and give you a feel for the layout of the park.

Aaron B.
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Hiking

After the first major descent, the trail narrows and the amount of hikers is significantly reduced.

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Gurbinder Kalkat
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Dan McCrossen
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Decent trail for a quick hike, but SO MUCH garbage. This trail is heavily traveled, and pretty busy, so if you're looking to get away (from people) it's not a great spot. We stayed on the south side and there were fewer people (the campgrounds and picnic areas are on the north side), and the views were okay, but lots of garbage all over. The "waterfall" is not much to look at, a especially if there are other people there blocking what little view there is. There was heavy machinery on the hillside clearing trees and brush, so lots of dust as well. Probably would not return.

Madi Lewis
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Excellent fun trail. Beautiful views the whole way and I loved how the variety of scenery from many different aspects of the trail. I recommend going counter clockwise and making the steep climb to castle peak first and then walking the last 7 miles on a more gradual downhill. The ridge walk is gorgeous and once you get past castle peak there is not many people until hooking back up with the pct. wonderful geology too!!

Daniel Winters
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Hiking

Great views. Water is just reservoir

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Blake Collins
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Hiking

Such an amazing trail. Non stop beauty and great views. HOWEVER, it’s a killer. Your legs will be angry with you. Once you get to that peak and throw your arms in the air and let out a victory yell. It’s so worth it.

Philip Frost
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HikingBugsScramble

Castle peak was a little sketchy and required some climbing. Both peaks had spectacular views!!!!!

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Eddie Gara
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Wesley Raverty
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HikingNo shadeSnow

A bit late in the review ( 3 weeks ago ) Great trail with a phenomenal view! There was still a small amount of snow on the summit at the time. Recommend getting there early to avoid the crowd that starts showing up after 9am. Definitely steep the whole way up, which can prove challenging for some. But overall, not being very long, it’s totally manageable!

michelle rochon
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Hiking

Easy trail, mostly shaded so even if it’s a warm day it’s doable to do the whole loop without getting spent. The west side of the lake is pretty busy with campers and beach side peeps having fun. That side has less shade than the east side. Make your way up and around Hazel Creek and you’re in the forest. It’s cool and quiet. As you come out of the forest and approach the road the trail isn’t well marked. You’ll walk on the road across two spillways. You’re supposed to crossover after the last spillway so you’re on the opposite side away from the water and then it winds back over so you’re lakeside. We missed that part and cut through the picnic area to pick up the trail again. I dock a star for that portion of the trail and the busyness for the beachside portion. All in all this made for a nice afternoon out. If we had thought ahead and brought our suits we would have went for a quick swim after we finished. The water looked amazing!

Lauren Fitts
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Hiking

Make sure to read the reviews of this trail and download the trail map! There were no signs directing you where to go. The reviews really helped guide my wife and I to the right route. When you figure out where to go, the trail is easy and gorgeous!

Lisa Ali
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HikingRocky

Great trail! Great views with steady inclines. Some areas are very rocky. I recommend starting early before 8am to avoid a crowd.

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Honorio Saldana
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Alyssa Yocom
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Hiking

Well maintained trail that winds in and out of the forest while offering gorgeous views of Donner Lake! Drop down off of this trail to Teton Way to a rock outcropping that gives a full view of Donner Lake.

Alexandra McNair
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Hiking

Beautiful trail!

Alexandra McNair
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Hiking

This was just kind of an okay trail to me. It didn’t have anything exciting or interesting along the way and just didn’t wow me at all. I would have definitely checked out another trail had I known. Not sure why this trail is rated so high.

Heidi Heflin
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers and meadows. Few bugs. Small water crossings. Nice camping spots around lake. Don’t forget a permit.

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Debbie Slupianek
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Hiking

Spectacular hike! Too early still for wildflowers - but everything was so green! Highly recommend this hike.

Gordon Wellington
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I've done this hike perhaps a half dozen times or more, but always in reverse order from the trail description. I find it easier to spend my energy earlier in the day gaining the elevation to Basin Peak, then the ridge run and subsequent ascent to Castle Peak isn't as much of a challenge. The wildflowers were THE BEST I have ever seen, and the Mariposa Lillies were darn near everywhere! What a day! As others have mentioned, hiking poles are strongly recommended. The descent from Castle Peak to the junction with the PCT at Castle Pass can really get you going (gravity-wise), so the extra braking and route picking the poles afford you will help most hikers. Also, we began our hike on the PCT, gaining access from the use trail along the edge of the first meadow you encounter, then hiked the dirt road on the return. At that point all we wanted to do was get back to our cars and the cold drinks waiting in the cooler.

Isaac Smith
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Jennifer Su
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Hiking

One of the best trails I’ve been on. Highly recommended! A mix of scenery between lush wildflowers, high mountains with a little bit of snow for July 4 weekend, and lakes. During the second half of the trail it felt like you’re in lord of the rings. There’s not that many trail signs and the only thing you could follow is the sign to Winnemucca Lake and your math. Towards the end while you’re heading back to your car, you will hear the sound of the freeway. Not too strenuous because there’s constant little incline and decline. Bring a light jacket in case it’s windy. My goal is to go back for spring time or snow shoeing.

Steffani` Mahan
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Went up to dry Lake on a scout out hike for next week's camping trip. Their is still water in the lake. But if you need flowing water their is a creek 2 miles before you get to camp. Semi shaded. Dogs allowed. Decent hike without being too steep.

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