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Gorgeous hike that offers a huge variety of scenery. We hiked this in reverse (a less popular choice) and it was amazing! Starting at the Matt Davis trailhead near the fire station, you hike mostly uphill to the Pantoll visitor center. The visitor center roughly marks the halfway point, and offers restrooms and a drinking fountain to refill your water bottle. Then you proceed to the steep ravine and dipsea trails, with great views of the ocean and a pleasant ocean breeze on the way back. Absolutely breathtaking!

Nice 50 min walk (with kids) to Mark Twain and other stumps :-)

trail running
10 hours ago

Wonderfully flows and twists. And has crushed gravel single track on either edge.

The area where you can hike through the flowers was closed :(

This is a beautiful loop! We went clockwise and I would certainly recommend that direction; first day camping spots are better and scree skiing down Sawtooth is much better than trying to scramble up it from Monarch Lakes. I agree with others that noted the All Trails distances are off. Red numbers on map are more accurate than the All Trails lines and better match the trail signs. Rangers were still recommending marmot precautions as of 8/1/18. Trail crews did a good job of addressing the washout west of Pinto Lake and were actively fixing the one east of Pinto. Water was available pretty much throughout the loop. The only real tough patch was from Pinto to Little 5 Lakes. There's a stream at about 10,200 feet right before some switchbacks. Next water is 3+ miles away, over Big Rock Pass and down at Little 5 (the last lake is the cleanest). Mosquitoes were out around both Little and Big 5 Lakes but weren't really a problem. Caught trout all around the loop, but they were small and only good for the story. Nymphs seemed to be key. Hope this helps! Have a great trip!

Great trail for all ages and abilities. Plan on checking tide levels if you’re looking to take the beach trail back to the parking lot. High tide hit around noon.

hiking
11 hours ago

Great two day trip. I hiked from Horseshoe meadows to the cottonwood lakes. Lake #3 in my opinion is the best place for camp. Beautiful view, high ground to stay dry and shade. Friday morning I started at 7am reaching the summit at 10:30am. I then hiked back to horseshoe meadows arriving at 3pm. Great hike! Old Army pass is the way to go for this summit. Cheers

Better for trail running than hiking. I took my young two daughters so it was a good challenge for us. No shade until the oasis.

love the pines.

Nice trail. We did the 6 mile loop. It was a liitle hot but a nice breeze. Beautiful views. Clean portable toilets.

trail was fine. lots of traffic and the parking lot was atrocious. once you got on the trail it was fine though. self guided tour was pretty cool also. this is a super easy introductory hike. take your friends who don't hike kind of hike.

absolutely amazing trail. went in August and the water was still flowing. the hike was beautiful. didn't see a soul the whole hike. huge recommendation from me for a short hike.

Very nice and easy hike, great for kids. Saw deer, turkies, squirrels, all kinds of birds and lots of interesting vegetation.

Park at the Trout Pond sign and follow the trail. Once on the trail there are many options to custom tailor your hike. If you are looking for an easy hike this is a good one.

A very nice trail for a warmer day, as most of the trail is in the shade and much of it is parallel to a stream.

13 hours ago

Amazing!

Beautiful hike. The switchbacks are devastating. Take your time, hydrate, snack half way through them. Once you're done with the switchback, it is an easy hike to the top. Coming down the switchbacks is not too fun. Trailhead gets packed. Get there early!

I never used to hike before after coming here I'm addicted! If you like nature up close and personal this is it.

Jolie promenade assez facile dans le désert. Le canyon n'est pas indiqué (quelques kairns en contrebas du sentier principal mais aucun panneau) et vous l'avons manqué faute de bien surveiller le GPS. Pas très grave, la balade est très sympa néanmoins. Les couleurs sont irréelles et les formations rocheuses surprenantes. Paysage un peu lunaire. Attention, il fait très chaud.

16 hours ago

Wonderful hike! Enjoyed the loop even with temperatures in 90s.

quick and easy hike. the scenery throughout the entire hike is breath taking. the view at the top is fantastic. i went around 4 pm and there was no one on the trail which was pleasant and extremely enjoyable. not to alarm you but there are quite a few switchbacks.

Easy trail, great for a quick nature walks and to get kids used to hiking. Beautiful gardens beautiful Trees. Great for meditation.

17 hours ago

it was a lot of fun, but not a year round trail. I'd definitely avoid this place in the summer. the description saying it's shaded and cool is inaccurate; most of the trail,even inside the canyon, is in the full brunt of the sun.

The trail starts out on sandstone hills, then declines gradually into the slot canyon. once inside, the trail is extremely narrow. I could barely fit through with my day pack on. my husband wouldn't be able to fit through most of the trail as he's a big guy, and I was scraping my legs and arms on the walls as I passed.

Fortunately, the views inside the canyon make it totally worth it. It was even worth the heat! Would be a beautiful hike in the winter or spring, when the sun isn't so hot.

Enjoyable hike, not too bad. Convenient parking right at the trail head. I do suggest going clockwise around the loop so you end up doing the steep switchbacks on your way back down from the ridge.

Definitely on the moderate side, not easy. It's August so it very warm and there is very little shade, and the waterfall is bone dry. There are several moderately steep climbs and some rocky terrain where I needed to concentrate on my footfalls. The hardest part is definitely the first hill, it's the longest and steepest. If you can conquer that one, the rest will seem easy. There are enough flat spots between the climbs to catch your breath and get your heart rate back down a little. All in all a lovely hike and a great workout. I will absolutely be back in early spring, hoping to have an actual waterfall.

Great Hike! There are several side trails you can take, some of which take you straight up the the cliff. Bring a backpack, water, and good hiking shoes, some spots are very slick and you will be hiking on a narrow pathway.

hiking
20 hours ago

Trail is very badly maintained and completely overgrown for the second half.

Beautiful hike, lots of wildlife along the way.

The path was partly fire road going counterclockwise then narrowed to single track most of the way until you got to the peak. The peak was worth the constant “are we there yet?” feeling though. After the peak it was a wide fire road all the way down. Bring lots of water. Easily went through 2L as it was 80* and full sun. The views on Trespass trail are amazing!
No port a potty at the trailhead. Bring $2 for parking fee.

Extremely difficult for beginners but beautiful and breathtaking views of the Fall

Great trail. Took my 5 year old and he loved it as well. Only 1 or 2 spots where there was a bit of a drop off that I had to keep a close eye on him. Also found a tick on him so highly recommend checking your party when you leave. Caves were awesome though and I can't wait to go back when it's warmer to test the water out.

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