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Aaron Wyant
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Hiking

Great trail and an amazing view at the top. It was 105 in Hemet but ended up being between 69-72 at the peak. There were at least 4 active streams you could filter water with. However I don’t think the distance is accurate and I’m pretty sure it’s closer to 15 miles round trip.

Alice Jone Chang
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Hiking

The best views were along the waterfall/cascade, which were in the latter half of the trail. The trek to the falls was a bit hard for us with a baby strapped to one of us-- steep slopes and loose gravel made it a little dangerous. Wear sturdy shoes! Definitely take the short route back along the cascade-- the view is just amazing!

Alice Jone Chang
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Hiking

Just to add to others' reviews & advice, we were surprised by the beautiful view of the valley on the way to Bumpass Hell. The scenery along the way itself is worth the hike, and perhaps surpasses the hydrothermal area!

Richard Reyes
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Hiking

Short hike, lots of shade. Gets kind of rocky on path. Cold water, easy to swim in cave. I advise to get their early as crowd gets big as day goes into afternoon. Overall nice little place

Alice Jone Chang
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Hiking

Such a breathtakingly beautiful hike though the woods. The moment you enter the trail, the silence of the forest envelopes you. It is a fairly easy trail-- we hiked through with a baby strapped to one of us with no problems. We were there on a weekday this week, and we barely saw any other hikers.

Alice Jone Chang
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Walking

A great place to start exploring the Redwood Parks. Very easy trail, perfect for hiking with little kids. Moderate traffic during the week-- make sure to bring a mask, since it's almost inevitable that you will walk past someone!

Amy Wang
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Hiking

Went back in February and it was a fun hike

Amy Wang
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HikingBugs

It was a nice workout for us. Not a lot of people on a Saturday afternoon. You can also walk up from the parking lot near the summit if you don’t want to do the 4 hour round trip hike. Mostly shaded. A lot of dirt on the trail as it’s pretty dry

Chris McGrath
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Hiking

Great trail and absolutely breathtaking views!

Ashley Phelpsleak
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Hiking

Easy hike, and so rewarding. Iconic picture on taft point is a must. The views from there are unreal. Look down from the edge of you can stomach it. So much fun.

Ashley Phelpsleak
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Hiking

Great hidden gem. So much fun. A bit tricky on the final part. Some rock & boulder climbing. Has a great swimming hole at the bottom of the upper and lower falls. Rack rocks to jump off of. It’s not too busy and a great place to spend the day.

Ashley Phelpsleak
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Hiking

Wow! My favorite hike so far. The views and scenery the entire way are absolutely breathtaking. Great feeling starting at the valley floor looking up to see where you are headed, then looking down at the top it’s unbelievable you climbed that high. The trail is in great condition. My 12 year old daughter and I did it together. We stopped at the top of vernal and enjoyed the Emerald Pools. Then again at the top of Nevada at the sandy beach. We were also able to fill our waters at the creek. We had 3L packs, it was a hot day but we both had plenty of water. It’s a bit steep and hard on the knees on the way down. The rewards along the way make It totally worth it.

Christina Price
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Hiking

I did this hike last week...Good trail, mostly shaded. Lots of huge redwoods! So everyone keeps recommending to go early and I think now most people are showing up early. It was PACKED at 9:30 when we arrived. Took us 45 minutes just to make it to the little pay station. When we left around 2:30 there was zero traffic waiting and way less people. I flipped my logic and showed to a different trail today (was also recommended to go early) and I went later.. crowded at the beginning because people were leaving but then I went almost 2 hours without seeing another person!

Elevia Ramirez
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Hiking

we hiked to the lakes all the way from hat lake/creek trailhead- more moderate hike but worth the trek! lakes are beautiful. terrace lake is smaller and more green, shadow lake large and beautiful clear blues! pretty quiet though people came and went. bring your hammock and go for a swim!

J P.
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HikingBugs

Worth the long drive. Whatever your map says, double the time to get there. Very scary, windy, narrow road to get there. The fastest we could go was 20mph. BUT it was worth it. On the way there it was 106 and I was nervous. Once we arrived, our car temp said it was 90 degrees out but on the trail it didn’t feel like it at ALL and I HATE heat! Lots of bugs. Some mosquito bites. Starts off uphill and you feel like your going to die but just keep truckin’. Beautiful views. Definitely an adventure.

Janet Vang
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BugsOff trailRocky

Got there around 3:30pm. It wasn't too hot. nice breeze. Funny part is that when the trail end with the signs you will have to walk up to get the the trail that goes up to the peak. alot of loose gravels and rocks and really windy on top. Almost blown away!

Preethi Kandaswamy
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HikingOver grown

Did the mistake of descending on East Trial which was very steep, unsafe due to rocks and poison oak on both sides! Overgrown. Olympia trail was a bit better. Great views from the top of Mt. Olympia. No one else on the trail when we went and no water source anywhere.

Praveen Suggala
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HikingOver grown

This is a beautiful shaded trail and it’s an amazing jungle experience walking in the bushes and well guided with signs all over the trail, Rest rooms and what not. Perfect for super hot summers but today it was only 70 degrees so you can imagine how beautiful it was there. We started at Bear valley trail and ended up at main parking lot and came back and got on to sky trail and which connects back to bear valley trail. All the hikers Must try this.

Pamela H.
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HikingMuddyRocky

The hike was definitely a beautiful one. Be sure to download the the map. It’s a bit tricky after you pass the creek. I found a nice waterfall gem. Heard a snake as well but overall great hike.

Val Buchert
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BackpackingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Amazing trails & hard. Just finished this over 3 nights & 4 days. 4th night walked back to Sycamore campground before heading home. Water is the biggest issue cause there is No water. Stashed water at every street crossings beforehand & carried 5.5 liters on me which may have been too much weight on top of my gear, but didn't know my water consumption in these very hot conditions. Sunscreen is a must. I also started in the highlands with the Santa ynez canyon trail instead of Will Rogers which may have made it a bit shorter but went further than Ray miller. so it may have evened it out...

Alicia Zazirski
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This trail has been slightly modified after the fires. My first time back. It's about 3 mi up to Wilson Saddle where the restroom is. There are some picnic tables there as well. Good place to rest, enjoy the views and have a snack before heading down.

Steve CHRAPCHYNSKI
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Hiking

Great for mountain running. Trail to lakes is gradual with great views. Looped around trails near lower lakes then went up New Army Pass. There is a section of scrabble just below reaching the summit. Took Old Army Pass on the way down and cooled / rehydrates at the lakes.

Shanda Patterson
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HikingRockyScramble

Did this trail today. It was an awesome trail. My gps showed it as closer to 10 miles round trip trail is a bit overgrown, but nice. Start early!!!! And come back early. We headed up about 9:30, got to the falls just before noon. I am a bit of a slow hiker. Swam and enjoyed lunch and headed back around 1:30. Almost had a dang heat stroke coming down event though I had drank 2 liters of water up, about a liter while swimming and filtered to bring 2 liters down... once the sun is over the trail, there is very little shade and it can get hot. I also had a wet rag around my neck and still overheated. Awesome trail just plan to not be on ur way back during the hottest part of the day. I will definitely do it again and make time to explore around the falls more. You can park next to Potwisha campsite 14 there’s room for about 5 or 6 cars or you can park across the generals highway at the “dump station” and walk in like we did. It’s only a little bit further to do it that’s way.

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