Great hike! For everyone really but if you’re looking for an easy hike for kids to enjoy this is it! All ages! We only made it to Box Lake and that’s only because we took our time looking at all the scenery and a bit of exploring off trail. We definitely will be coming back. No bugs at all could be because it was a bit cool. But nothing a light sweater can’t fix. Beautiful views and great weather. No snow on the trail but more to the sides, looks like it most likely will be completely gone soon.

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14 hours ago

Great hike Up the mountain, did Sherwood lake trail then continued up. Bring a jacket! Dog friendly:)

NO FEES RIGHT NOW. My friend likes to be active but has a bad knee so we usually do baby hikes. A good portion of this is just that, but a little farther down the two trails we went ended up getting steep. There’s a cute little lake there and there’s road to do light walks. It’s dog friendly and it’s a fairly populated area, if you’re worried about it being too quiet. It’s my first hike there and so far I like it! Parking is fairly big and close to the trail so I like it! It was populated enough during the time I went that even lonely travelers to not have to worry about anything that may go awry. Didn’t have much of a bug/tick problem.

Loved the trail, but it turns out dogs are NOT allowed on the trails.

hiking
17 hours ago

The drive to the trailhead is bumpy. Make sure you have a good pickup truck. 11 mile drive to the trailhead. Great trail. Uphill most of the way there, which can be a little difficult for some people. Just make sure you take a breather on the way up and you’ll be fine. Downhill hike right before you get to the lake. Easy and enjoyable hike on the way back to the trailhead. The lake and the reflections are absolutely beautiful. It’s a bit wet in places, so make sure you watch your step. We saw what we thought was a bald eagle grabbing fish out of the lake. It could have been an osprey. Not 100% sure. But it was awesome watching it dive into the water to catch fish. Bring lunch. If you have time and aren’t afraid of getting your feet a little wet, check out the carnivorous pitcher plants in the marshy area to the right of the boulder area. So awesome!!

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bugs
17 hours ago

The first part along the Kern River is nice. Cool interesting good overall trail. The second part is a hot canyon climb. A cool mine tunnel near the top of the canyon. From there on it’s a washed out loose gravel high dust single track dirt bike trail you follow. Grueling hot boring hell. Then just when you think the biting flies are going to eat you or you’ll collapse from heat stroke you reach the road. A boring very hot very busy (May31st) Road. Where you have the unpleasant task of nearly three miles of looping hell back to the bridge. I recommend Kern River section maybe the mine also. But turn back. It’s terrible boring hot. And hot today was a cool overcast 80* day. Seriously in summer heat you’ll die. And no one will know. I’ve done many many hikes Tahoe Trinity Alps SoCal Green Mountains White Mountains... this second half of the trail. No way ever again. Miserable

This trail is well marked and maintained. Beautiful forest setting, not too much exposure. The last mile or so is a moderate climb, but the lake is beautiful and worth it! From the trailhead to the lake is actually 4.5 miles.

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fee
rocky
18 hours ago

Great trail with beautiful scenery. Loop trail was open today 5/31, and it was extremely crowded at 12:30pm. Tons of families, dogs, and traffic.

Good place to ride if your a beginner in mountain biking . Some cool little trials in the nature area . Couple jumps closer to Woodbridge area .

Forest road 14s11 is closed due to Covid but should be open June 1st. We hiked in from the gate, approx 3.3 miles, to the Weaver Lake trail head. Make sure you have some kind of GPS and the trail map for the segment between Jennie lake and Weaver Lake if you’re doing the entire loop. There are quite a few are where the trail disappeared. We downloaded the all trails map layers for this loop and was able to find our way back onto the trail using that.

Nice hike next to a beautiful lake. Bonus easy parking and doable bathrooms. Kayakers, fishing, picnics and hikers all enjoying a very peaceful place.

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no shade
over grown
22 hours ago

Tried going today but there were at least 500 cars and twice as many people camped out and recreating. Parking was impossible, not to mention social distancing and very few masks. Is that normal for this trail or what was going in?

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fee
23 hours ago

walking
bugs
no shade
1 day ago

Just a pebbled path

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rocky
1 day ago

Made it up to Sherwin Lake in an hour. We continued to Valentine Lake after a short break at Sherwin. You can access Valentine trail through Sherwin if you want to continue. Great conditions! A little windy up by Valentine and we saw a little snow but luckily the trail was clear of snow.

Good for a walk and maybe a dip in the river if it’s not running too fast.

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no shade
off trail
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rocky
1 day ago

PSA: make sure you purchase the Adventure Pass! You will get a ticket otherwise. It’s only $5 for a day pass, but if you plan on camping there, get the annual pass to cover you for your length of stay. Or get multiple day passes. Went here the week before Memorial Day weekend and it was still packed. Make sure you get here bright and early to avoid the crowds and avoid far parking. It WILL get crowded! You’re out in nature so it’s very easy to forget that there’s still a pandemic going around—keep your distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Some of the hike requires you to climb rocks where you might hold on to the wall, ropes, or branches around where thousands of people have already touched. Be careful! Prepare to get wet! The water is cold, yet refreshing. Some river crossings were +27 inches high. Pack appropriately—water shoes, extra pants, extra undies, towel, etc). And we brought Brita water bottles to filter our drinking water (get water from running, upstream only). If you are staying over night, stay at least 100 feet away from the river, and there are no camp fires allowed. Portable stoves are fine as long as you have a permit (free online!) Most importantly, have fun! Take a break and look at your surroundings. It is very awe-inspiring. Enjoy!

Very difficult at times, but a really beautiful hike! I wouldn’t recommend it if you are afraid of heights.

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