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Great trip. Going over black rock pass is challenging but completely worth the effort to get to little five lakes on the other side.

not much of a workout if your an active person yet very scenic full of beautiful trees, ducks a garden. great for nature walk with kids

I would say this is a nice quick moderate hike. Went up to the top and down the same way. I heard that if you take the loop it gets harder. Posting on the trail said that there was a fire that couple years back that took out a lot of the shade trees. So definitely go on a cooler day as the steep hike will not mix well with high heat. I recommend getting there early as parking will get full on weekends by afternoon.

on Moro Rock Trail

11 hours ago

Definitely a shorter hike, but still worth wild. The view at the end was incredible.

This place is breathtaking. Seems almost unreal. I will come back again and again - hiked in October of ‘17

12 hours ago

It was nice, not great. Went in early January and it's not much of a lake. Frog pond would be more appropriate. This close to the headquarters you run into ALOT of people. We saw probably 10 other parties. Rather than take the loop, we trekked onward the next day down to upper camp which was nice. This is a great little trip if you are trying to take it easy or introducing someone to backpacking. We stayed at the two oaks campsite which is world's better than the frog lake campsite by the bathrooms.

Awesome trail!!

it was a very good trail we started out at the visitor center and Wrightwood and hiked all the way down to Jackson Lake, so coming back was all uphill but that was a good hike

I am not a poet. Words cannot describe how humbling gods work is. Over every peak, the trail gets more beautiful.

A lot of wildflowers during May

23 hours ago

A fine view or two, but this one leans heavily on the "family friendly" side; tons of traffic, paved and flat. Would make for a quality & safe trail run, but I like a little more adventure than this.

It was a great hike, but by no means easy!! Maybe I took the wrong hike. I started down at the other parking lot because the first one was full. Starting from there, it was a lot of downhill, then a little bit of flat by some picnic tables, and then a LOT of uphill. Where was the EASY hike?

Short and steep. Well marked.

good hike, great views, ruined with a giant satellite at the top.

1 day ago

Cañón de Guadalupe ta’ Cañón

Nice & easy

Beautiful trail. There’s a sign that says no dogs but there’s also a sign next to it saying dogs on leash allowed. Trail was nice, a bit narrow and I went on a holiday so it was a bit crowded but everyone was friendly. Extremely uphill, make sure to bring a ton of water and maybe eat a banana before so you don’t cramp.

1 day ago

The trip was pleasant, hard and fun.
From the parking lot for overnight use to the trailhead there is around 1.5 miles to go.
After the tunnel there are about 6 miles straight uphill climbing about 3000 ft, then around 1 mile flat to beehive meadow, from where 1-2 miles to Laurel lake.
We started from parking lot at 1:30 pm, reached beehive meadow around 5:00 pm, when was already a bit dark. But we decided to go to the lake, where the marking said only 1.2 miles away. However the trail later was cut off by a river. I guess one of the step rock was flushed away, only left us a gap filled with waist deep water which we can't cross. So we had to spent time trace the water and find a spot shallower so we can cross. This was done in total darkness. A little bit scary, so be prepared and leave earlier (we hike relatively fast).
In darkness we spent some time looking for the lake, near the lake and its water outlet creek, there is an awesome camp site which has a fire ring already. The lake is just like 200 yards away and creek is close for water.
The only down side is the lake's edge is not very accessible, so the view is not ideal. But it does not hurt. We had a great time.
The way back is a bit challenging as the terrain downhill was all big pebbles and rocks. Watch out for your ankle and follow a comfortable speed.
We went there in mid-January, however there was no slow and I feel the low is 30F at night. Pretty warm for this time of the year!

Loved the hike, the views, the location and all of the rock gormations, including the "chip!"

We entered off of Lake Poway, the less traveled road. we began at 06:00 and were practically alone. We went mid-week and had the "chip" to ourselves for at least an hour. No line, no people, no noise, no kidding.

I'll go back again and probably begin even earlier!

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