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Great trail, friendly folks on it. stopped for a midday picnic. Very well marked mainly flat except 1 short incline. Plenty of shade.

It would be better if you allowed bikes.

hiking
4 hours ago

MGT is the road to the top. Plenty of side trails to use if you want. 4mi to the top and crowds thin after the main area. View at Wawona Point is worth it if you have 3hrs for the up & back plus pics along the way.

as of today no snow. great views. took 5 hrs and 45 minutes round trip. highly recommend the hike

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

Awesome, Lots of great views!

Not very much shade, but an amazing view at the top with the railway ruins! Bring yo’ sunscreen.

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

Absolutely beautiful hike. Decent incline near Zabriski Point. if you dont want to have to start or end you hiking with the heavier incline I recommend starting at the Golden Canyon parking lot and hiking the loop around. The view from Red Cathedral is an absolute must see!

took just under 4 hours to complete

Challenging but great hike!

Probably the most unique hike I’ve done! I’d call it a moderate hike, first part is easy it’s like walking on sand (annoying but easy) then hiking up the cone is the killer part. It’s only a half mile up, but your legs are going to burn. The painted dunes are what I was looking forward to the most, and they exceeded my expectation. Very unique and beautiful! Also I’d recommend hiking down in the the back trail of the cone, you get great views of MT Lassen, Brokeoff, and you get to walk in the lava flow and dunes a bit.

Nice views, can be hot and dry, good idea to take water and a hat.

One of my favorite hikes! It’s beautiful the whole time you’re hiking, lots of flowers, wild life, and water (ponds, creeks). Definitely a harder hike but well worth it.

hiking
6 hours ago

Very nice hike! Not to hard and a beautiful view of the park and the lakes at the top!

I think we might have done a different trail when we got to the trailhead lol. We followed the trail that leads east. Nonetheless, it was BEAUTIFUL and there was no one else there on a Tuesday at about noon! Perfect hike weather for us in November.

love this historically significant trail. Learned a lot about Jack London, a prolific writer who became a sustainable farmer and this was his estate.

The trail is gorgeous. We went for 2 nights. First night we slept by the Gem lake. second night by the Thousand Island Lake. All together the trail is a little more than 20 mi. its November, so at night the temperature dropped very low, to around 10F. However, during the day hiking was warm enough. There is no developed campgrounds, so you can camp almost anywhere. there is plenty of water, so there is no need to carry lots of water with you. Waugh lake is not really a lake because of the dam, its dried. Our dog was super happy with the hike, too. We picked up permit, maps and bear canister at Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center.

Nice views, totally open, first 1.4 is single track uphill then the rest is a fire road back to the campground.

Great trail! I park at Oak Glen road lot, walk through the regional park, and I start my hike there. It's towards the back. If you take this route, it will also take you to Zanja peak. I find this route to be much more challenging for me. It's about 5.13 total miles from parking lot and back. It takes me about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Fairly doable trail. 2.2 mi to the overlook, then downhill all the way back.

A good hike up the mountain.

We hiked from the entrance to the Pacific Crest Trail and back. The hike was about 7.2 miles and beautiful. The temperature was 66 degrees and the air was nice and cool.

hiking
8 hours ago

Did this hike with some friends and my two dogs. A very challenging hike, pushed my limits. The weather was cold and windy at the summit. I'll do this hike again.

hiking
9 hours ago

Beautiful and not hard. Mostly full sun exposure, we were happy temperatures were 80. Sunscreen a must. Highly recommend!

Enormous! Long but worth the trek

hiking
9 hours ago

Hi

it's still closed

Cougar Crest trail was closed so I decided to take this trail and had a great time. It’s not to steep and would probably be great for a family with kids.

It took me an hour and a half to get up and 45 minutes down but I’m probably an above average hiker when it comes to speed. 4 hours set aside would probably be best especially if you want to take it the amazing view about 500 feet after the sign for the Point.

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