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Definitely not my favorite hike! According to my phone and two others that I went with, the hike ended up being an average of 6 miles, 15,000 steps, and 90 flights of stairs. Beautiful lake but even in October there were icicles forming all around the lake. I am not a very skilled hiker but I do love to hike. I have done several hikes this year that were just as difficult but had more scenic views than this one. Very uphill and then right back downhill. I am glad I did it and it was beautiful but not a hike I would do again!

Great hike! Took around 4 hours with a few stops! It was very windy at the top which made it hard to enjoy the view but I would definitely hike it again with warmer clothes! The trail was easy to follow with the exceptions of one or two spots.

Beautiful day for a hike. Trail is well marked, wear good hiking shoes and bring water. Great training hike.

Parked next to the creek just across he bride into the camp. Only saw 2 other hikers the whole time. Took about 30-45 minutes with three dogs to get to the top. The views are outstanding. You can see pyramid peak in the distance.

Definitely family friendly. Nice and quiet. Highly recommend.

This was a great trail with beautiful views throughout. I see that All Trails has rated this trail as “easy”; however, at the trail head it is ranked as “moderate” by the National Park. Moderate is a much more accurate ranking. It’s easy to lose the trail so try to pay attention to the piled rocks people have made to assist. Although, we did get led astray by this as well, given we took. a wrong turn and there were still piled rocks. I ended up downloading the map. Enjoy!

Great hike with beautiful views. The trail is well marked. The lake was amazing and had several great spots to fish or relax in the sun.

on Sayles Canyon Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning view at the top. I could’ve stayed there all day. We were lucky at got a spot at Lovers Leap Trail parking inside Camp Sacramento. We did this hike at 2 pm on a Sunday so maybe that’s why, most folks were heading out as we arrived. Trail is mostly shaded in the afternoon. Rocky in the beginning and then again near the top. There a few forks, you generally stay going “straight” (don’t turn off on any of the forks) to get to lovers leap. All Trails map helped us stay on track.

backpacking
1 month ago

Just completed this weekend. Turned it into a 3 day and 2 night excursion. Most of the creeks shown on the map were dried up, but there was plenty of filterable water at each lake, so it was no big deal. We decided ro tak the opposite route and to do 11 miles on the first day following the rubicon river trail before connecting back to the McConnel loop. We stayed at 4 q's lake the first nigh. There were a few groups already there, but there were plenty of spots so you wouldn't feel crowded. The trail can be difficult to follow at times, but keep your eyes out for cairn stones marking the way. We went through to lake Schmidell the next day and it was a tough 5 miles, but we stopped for a swim at Leland Lake. There is an awesome rock that you can dive off right of the southern portion of the norther lake. Its weird that these lakes aren't on the map, but they are 1 mile north of Lake Schmidell. We spent our second night at Lake Schmidell which was prettty crowded, but everyone kept to themselves. The weather was great and we slept out in the open our final night. This was an awesome adventure and I highly recommend it despite how technical the climbs can be.

on Cody Lake Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Steep climb in, but well worth it. It was crowded lots of locals that live in Strawberry walked in.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was recently opened. It is located off Wright's Lake Rd in the El Dorado National Forest. The hike is probably best in the spring or early summer.

Hiked from Wrights lake to Island Lake via Twin Lakes on 8/4/2018 and it was an amazing and beautiful hike.
Once up in Desolation Wilderness the view was spectacular although a bit hazy due to the smoke from all the wild fires in Nor Cal.
There are some sections of the "trail" where you really need to look for it but for the most part it's easy to follow

hiking
2 months ago

Although this trail is (said) easy, it was not easy for me. First of all, there are very little shady areas, so, if you came here on HOT days, the temparature climes up due to the rocks. One of my dogs had hard time and I had to carry him on the return. I, myself, was really tired of going up and down rocks. It was not a pleasant walk at all. The lake was filled with people and there was no place comfortable for me to sit down and enjoy the lake. I will not come back here. One good thing was I met a really really nice young man who offered to carry my dog on the return and also showed me the way to go back. It was not easy to follow the signs for coming and going. without his help, I might have been stocked in this camp ground without camping equipment. I did not get his name. But, if he reads this comment, he would know who I am. AGAIN, thank you for your help. I wish I got his name.

on Sayles Canyon Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Nice shorter hike with some climbing. Nice to have All Trails to stay on trail when there were a couple of forks.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome short hike to a beautiful little swimming hole ! Definitely more incline on the way back than on the way there .

hiking
2 months ago

Not easy, I’d say more moderate with all of the hills. Great swimming hole. Beautiful hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Although this hike is short I would not classify it as easy simply because of the terrain. I hike 15+ miles all the time and the rocky terrain of this hike made it a bit more moderate. Awesome hike back to a beautiful lake though! We loved it! Also, the off-trail portions of the hike are lined by stacks of rocks which makes it easy to know you are going the right way. Definitely doing this again and making a day of it or maybe even camping overnight.

hiking
2 months ago

Great summer hike, it was more on the moderate side. Steep rocky terrain with the elevation made it much more challenging than expected. Beautiful scenery and the lake was great for a swim. Definitely will be going back again.

Short easy hike down to nice lake with views of Pyramid Peak.

whoever rated this as easy is out of their mind. I walk/hike 5-7 days a week, and usually 3-7 miles. this hike should be rated as moderate. you go up the mountain and then all the way down on pretty rocky and steep terrain. it was a very pretty hike and the lake was perfect.

What a great trail (Twin Lakes trail). The climbing is reasonable and the lakes and creeks are beautiful. Trail is easy to follow.

As for this particular route: the genius who posted it failed to mention that the route past the pools heading toward Twin Lakes is not a trail. Thankfully the track was easy to follow via this app. If you want to do this route, I recommend you take Twin Lakes trail on the way out, and do the pools (north of the main trail) on your return

awesome short hike. great for a quick getaway with some friends and a couple of beers (pack in pack out). ☺

hiking
3 months ago

Parking and access: The trail is located at the back end of Camp Sacramento, a small family cabin camp. There is a sign for parking for Lovers Leap trailhead to the left when you enter the camp, but there are only 3 spots. The pull-out on highway 50 for Camp Sac says no parking, but cars were there as well as across the street.

Trail: Starting from Camp Sac, the first junction a few minutes from the camp has a sign with a hiker symbol and the letters "PX" pointing toward straight to a trail that goes up and to the left. This is NOT the way to Lover's Leap. Continue straight ducking under the thick canopy. There is a another junction up ahead where the trail forks. Down and to the right a tree is marked "PX". Again, not Lover's Leap trail. Stay left at this second fork.

Overall: Great short hike. Tremendous views at the top. Stay left on the trail near the top as it meanders across the exposed rocks. You will eventually see a sign marking Lover's Leap (and warning you not to throw rocks at the climbers). I'm more concerned with someone's loose boot lace or a gust of wind causing them to throw themselves off the edge. Seriously, stay back and be safe.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy trail, and a Great Lake to swim in. Has a trail all around the lake and rocks to lay on. Campfire pit and logs to sit on.

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Elected to take the more strenuous route to Grouse and Hemlock but didn't make it to Smith this time. The turn off 50 onto Wright's Lake Road leads you up this windy, narrow back road that looks recently paved. I made it back there fine in my small car but it might be challenging for RVs or campers (in fact road signs warn just that at the start). My GPS had me parking at Twin Lakes Trailhead, but there was a road closed sign by the Wright's Lake equestrian campground. It did say no public use of rec area and I'm not quite sure what that means so I parked in the small parking lot there and walked back in to the trailhead (an additional 1.5 miles, all flat). Wright's lake has some private cabins surrounding it so it's not as secluded but the views are beautiful. The hike out towards Desolation Wilderness goes through some wetlands and I was very grateful for the mosquito spray I brought along. At points throughout the hike I'd get off trail a little bit but eventually find my way back, there are some cairns and rocks that line the trail in some of the more confusing parts so I never felt like I was lost, just didn't want to disturb the untouched vegetation off the trail. Once you hit the Desolation Wilderness sign, keep following the trail to the left and in a few hundred yards you'll reach a sign for Grouse Lake. The hike wasn't strenuous but definitely got the heart rate up and had a few fun rock scramble parts. I did pass a ranger on the way up and he thanked me for filling out the wilderness permit, so please do that, it's for your own safety! Once I reached Grouse lake I was just in awe, a beautiful secluded alpine lake. I spent a good hour taking it all in and in that time I only encountered 10 people max. I can't even count on two hands the amount of trout I saw jump, next time I'll be sure to bring my fly rod. I then decided to head up a little further and check out Hemlock lake. I was able to follow the trail for a little ways but then got off it and ended up having to scramble my way up, which was a blast. I later learned that the trail leads up next to the waterfalls that feed into the lake so just listen for those and head in that direction, again the cairns guide your way up. Once I got up to Hemlock, I was in awe again, this time I had the lake all to myself. There was quite a bit of pollen on the surface on the south side so I walked around to the north side to get my feet wet. There was still some snow melt that was feeding into the lake, but surprisingly it wasn't that cold. As I was relaxing on a rock, a few fly fisherman threw some casts out and one immediately hooked a big trout, another indication that the fly rod is coming back up with me. I finally started the trek down which took me about 2 hours from Hemlock. As I get older and my knees are less springy, I find that trekking poles are nice to have on the descent. I didn't have them this time but will likely bring them next. Overall great experience and I've had many friends ask to come next time. If you're on the fence about the 'strenuous' nature of the hike, don't worry about it, there are plenty of spots to rest along the way and you get to cool off at the top!

Nice hike. It was pretty quick and easy. Park across hwy 50 and walk into Camp Sacramento, free parking.

hiking
4 months 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

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!

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.

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