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Great trail. The meadows were gorgeous- should have blooms in another week or two. Did see a big rattlesnake in the dry area before Government meadow. This was my first time on the trail. The route through the meadows is the easier way to go, although taking the bridge first and heading up via the old Silver Fork loop would be a helluva work out! I appreciated the earlier comment about the log crossing (easy). We camped near the falls, which was nice but noisy. If you want to camp where it's a bit quieter, turn right as you come off the log crossing. There's a nice space near there that's adjacent to deep water. Or better yet, continue over the ridge and down to the river - a few nice spots along there. Definitely doable as a single day hike, but the overnight was nice. And it's only 20 min off Hwy 88 via Mormon Emigrant/Silver Fork Road, so it's easy to go enjoy a Bloody Mary at Kirkwood Inn when you're done.

backpacking
25 days ago

Nice trail! It was my wife and dogs first backpacking trip and they loved it!! Camp set up at creek with wire BBQ grill for over the fire pit that we made good use of!!

hiking
25 days ago

This is an awesome day hike to do with athletic dogs. We had to cross the river on a fallen log and got lost afterwards. The first part of the trail is fairly well populated as you make your way through Jake Schneider meadow, and gets harder to follow as you get towards Government meadow. Once you hit the backpacking campground along Caples Creek past Government meadow, prepare for some adventure. You have to walk down the river a bit, in the direction of flow, without much trail to speak of, until you hit a large log that crosses Caples Creek. This log seems totally safe and we crossed one at a time, my pregnant wife, our 20 and 60 pound dogs, and myself. The log is elevated above the river by a fair bit, and would be quite slippery when wet. After the log the trail was non-existent, but we wandered into it eventually. You have walk back up the river, against the flow, to reach the trail. My wife and I spent 20 mins trying to mark the trail a bit better, so hopefully others wont get as lost as us. After that you are in for a treat, as the second half of the hike feels deeply remote and you climb up to some beautiful vistas. GPS highly recommended, mine recorded 11 miles, which included some wandering, but be prepared for something in the 10-11 mile range.

hiking
28 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike. Lots of boulders and rocks which makes for some unsteady steps (a bit tough on ankles and bad knees) but plenty of flat areas about halfway in. Hiked to the cement bridge to the beautiful river. Very little parking. Plan ahead. If you can get a space there is a five dollar fee. We parked outside camp area and walked in. May 19, 2018

Great hike!

We’re new to the area, so it was good that we came prepared with a gps because we lost the trail a few times. The rivers were absolutely stunning, though, and the peak climb was manageable even with our 8mo old daughter in the backpack. Nice change in scenery too, from old wood forest to rushing waterfalls and plenty of rock scrabbling for young kids. There was a ton of dead wood in the forested areas, which made it easy to lose the trail, but overall, it was a great full-day hike. Oh, be sure to let someone know where you are, no cell phone signal and w only met 4 people on the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail late April. Still quite a bit of snow on the ground as the trail is mostly on a north facing slope. Trail was a little hard to follow in the snow. It was a gorgeous day and the view from the leap was amazing! Crystal clear day!

very decent, not so steep hike. awesome forest. took us 4 hours

Super awesome hike!!! A little snowy at the bottom but clears up pretty quick! Great view at the top!

My fav. summer swim hole. Side note: I just passed the trailhead today and the parking area is plowed, year round access baby.

9.6 mike loop. Awesome trail.

Great hike. Just be prepared that parts of the trail aren’t clearly marked, so using GPS can be very helpful.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a great hike to do with my 8&9 year old. They felt so accomplished once they made it to the top. And beautiful views this late in dec! A little icy and slippery but it just added to the fun!

hiking
6 months ago

Great little hike, patches of snow and ice on the trail. At the beginning of the trail 3 trees came down blocking the trail, after the 2nd tree head straight up and you'll be back on the trail again. Bring trekking poles in the winter. Lake is frozen over. enjoy views of silver lake, Kirkwood etc.

While rated as easy the elevation makes a bit more of a challenge. Especially with snow and ice. The lake was frozen and there was a frozen waterfall making the hike worth it. as my husband put it "it is good for the soul"

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Went mid October for a mild climate and gorgeous views. We brought a lunch despite it being a pretty short hike and ended up at the viewpoint spot to eat. Windy but fun nonetheless. The starting point wasn’t too hard to find, but a bit odd as we walked through an old camp to get to the starting point. After that easy elevation gain. Would recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

absolutely love this trail. The hike in was great even the switchback at the top isn't that bad. I'll make this a regular hike from now on. parking at the entrance to camp sacramento was easy.

backpacking
7 months ago

We probably got the last backpack of the season continuing past Grouse Lake to Smith Lake for 1 night (very cold and windy night), as we were hiking over snow from 8000' onwards and it began to get thick past Grouse Lake. Still great for hiking though and is well tread so the trail is easy to follow. All uphill so it's good work getting there, but lovely views and the lakes make it well worth it.

My favorite trail so far. Right off the main highway. Beautiful view of the lake at the bottom. I feel the descent / ascents would be a challenge for small children. I had my 2 year old in a carrier and wished I had trekking poles, but will bring them next time because it’s definitely worth repeating.

I enjoyed this hike. I kept track of distance on my Fitbit and it said it was 10.6 miles. For the most part it’s a easy walk. Be prepared for the switch backs. Parts of the trail are a little confusing, but great scenery!

hiking
8 months ago

I started at Camp Sacramento. This trail is not very strenuous untill the last 1/8 of a mile which is almost streight up. it is a beautiful hike with well worn trail. Although the trail is well worn it is not well marked at a couple junctions. Keep right at the first junction and left (folow trail up hill) at the 2nd junction. The views from the top are outstanding. If you bring kids be mindful of the cliff side of the mountian. Well worth the short hike.

Good, short hike. Although I'd definitely rate it at the higher end of "easy" to the low end of "moderate". The trail is very rocky, especially on the back side of the hill. At times it can be hard to follow, so look for the little stacks of rocks. I don't know if that's a courtesy of the forest service, or other hikers, or just something neat people do, but those little stacks of rocks seem to be about every 50 to 100 yards and do well to keep you on the trail, lest you end up taking a more arduous path as I and my family did.

Was a great hike for my family! 2 adults a kid and dog!!

Going back!!

Time is running out if you haven't made this hike; as winter approaches trail will most likely close!

Nice little short hike.

Incline with a pack makes you just tired enough that the lake is even better.

Great day hike spot! Pack a lunch and get going, not a tough hike at all. More like a stroll through a beautiful park until the last bit. I came in from the camp sacramento side though. When you get to the top and see the view you will love it. That's when you crack a beer, pack your pipe and eat lunch. Never camped over night, Didn't see the point because you get to the top so quick but I've always wanted to. The stars would be amazing from up there.

It was 100* plus degrees in Sacramento. So we decided to head up the hill towards Tahoe. We found this trail and truly enjoyed it. Rivers, meadows, beautiful tress with very interesting bark. Mostly shade. We decided to do the loop. 9.3 miles with some very steep switch backs more then half way through. We were exhausted. It took us 4 1/2 hours. We are in pretty good shape but new to hiking.
I think when we do it with friends we'd go out and back. Not do that loop. It climbs to 1700 ft elevation
But this hikes tops our list of favorites

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