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georgina g.
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Backpacking

We started clockwise on this trail which starts at the bridge past the campground sites host to left of the trail based on other reviews. Which with an 8 year old I am so glad we did. It was fairly mild to Winemucca with lovely views and wild flowers at this time of year (July) the hike to round top (site 3 is the best by far) was difficult when you’re carrying 50lbs but totally ok with the younger ones. We all had an amazing time and took the shorter route down to woods lake on the way back which made us thank the people who suggested doing it this way. It was like foot steps all the way down! It took us an hour and a half from the top to the lot which wasn’t bad. We’ll be back! Oh BTW we were stopped twice by the ranger and several Unpermitted overnighters were kicked out because they didn’t have the correct permits… Check out the website to get your correct permit for the correct site to avoid that. Can’t imagine hiking all that way to have to leave. Would be such a bummer.

Kym Hoffman
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HikingBugs

Everything folks are saying is true - it’s hard. But it’s also totally worth it, not just for the destination of Fern Lake but the views of the loop and June/Gull/Silver lakes and the stunning waterfall. To get there, turn left when you reach the “fork” (I.e. towards Yost Lake) and walk about 20 feet. Great water stop (filter) and for photos. Minus a small 100 feet flat-ish part, the remainder of the hike (once you get back on the Fern Lake trail) is essentially a sheer uphill leg that takes you into the lake. Beware of the wind gusts at the lake, but plan to do all of your favorite lake activities once there. Tips: - Bring more water than you think you need. - Plan for breaks every time you reach a shady spot. It took us 2 hrs up and 1 back, and I can easily understand how it would take much longer. - Sunscreen and bug spray are a must. - Wear good gripping closed toe shoes, and layers. Enjoy!

Jasmine Hale
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Starts along a lovely lake and heads to another! Trail is pretty clear to follow, but it’s a sort of figure 8 type so just be mindful of that so you don’t get confused. Would suggest you upgrade to the Pro edition so you can download trail map since this location is very very remote - no internet service. Was glad I had done this beforehand. Decently shaded in parts of the trail, enough so you could stop to have water in shade whenever needed (it was quite hot - well over 80). Not too many people, which was a nice escape (not that I get to see people with the stay home orders one place... but still, nice not to have to worry about that either). There’s a campground 1/4 mile from trail, so a good, clean place to use bathroom before or after if needed (would suggest you have some TP just in case since it was running low on our way home). The road to get to the trailhead is sort of crazy, lots of switchbacks, very narrow (like 1.5 cars wide, with lots of bikers), with drops on one side which damn near gave me a heart attack, so be careful and go slowly. If you go a little off the trail at the second lake, there’s some lovely flat beach areas by trees to have a shaded picnic right alongside the water. Would def do this hike again, even though it’s quite a drive from Sacramento area (almost 3 hours). A perfect mountain lake hike!

Noel Corley
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Hiking

Really nice trail! Some pretty big rock steps at the beginning. You pass grass lake on the way. Took a swim in Jamison once we made it there and the water was really clear and cool. We saw several people backpacking around the lakes.

Kristy Eslinger
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Hiking

Really great trail. Would recommend even with high temps- just bring a lot of water. I started the hike from the main parking area around 10am. Made it to the top around 12:30 and back to my car by 3 (5 hrs total). The hike up was shaded so I didn’t notice the heat too much until the way back. Definitely not for the weak of heart, but I still had a great time despite leaving later and doing the bulk of it in the high temps. I brought 2L of water and was able to fill up at Bear Gulch. I would definitely recommend doing it early or in the evening, around 7PM but not terrible in the afternoon.

AllTrails User
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Hiking

Boots are a must. Well maintained. Loaded with people. Lakes are absolutely stunning and the views are breathtaking. Trail to cold boiling lake was rocky at times. The sulfur springs were intriguing. We had a blast! Make sure you bring a lot of water and take into account the elevation.

Roy Salomon
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OHV/Off Road Driving

Great amateur trail mostly done in 2wd, had to shift in 4low once to make a climb easier. Near the middle of the trail you encounter the rockier path. The start and end of the trail are primarily dirt and does get narrow as your surrounded by brush. Once you reach about 70% of the way up the trail there are great spots to pull over, take a break and have lunch

Jeff Longfellow
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Hiking

Tough hike but what a payoff once you reach Cloud's Rest! Temperature was chilly to start (48 Degrees) but jumped up 30 degrees by Noon. Angry flies on the Cloud's Rest were more of an issue then mosquitoes for our group. Highly recommend this trail if ever visit Yosemite!

Kari Thomas
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Parking was a struggle. Got there about 8:00. Only hiked 4 miles because I was only able to find a parking spot for 2.5 hours. Made it to lower echo lake a back. Heavily tracked. Beautiful views. Well kept and clean. Everyone was nice and polite. Lots of dogs.

Dieon Roger
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No shadeScramble

Doesn't deserve 4.7 rating. Not at all scenic. Every turn looks the same. Lots of cut down trees and sand along the trail make this very boring. We ended up cutting our hike short to just 8 miles.

Pearl Dye
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HikingBugsRocky

This was a great trail. Gradual slow climb until you reach a summit and then you walk downwards to the lake. Lake was beautiful and you can walk the way around it. The climb back up the summit from the Lake isn't really that fun but once you reach the top it is all downhill from there back to the trailhead. Started at 7:00 AM and got back to the car at 11:30 AM. Lots of flowers and lots of bugs. Trail is narrow for the most part. And some parts don't have shade. We were the only people at the lake and only saw people once we started heading out It was beautiful and quiet and serene with great views. Would not recommend the trail for dogs or small children as the outer edge is downward and steep with a long ways to fall if one happened to fall down.

Margarita Jamaica Bahama
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Hiking

Beautiful loop. By mistake we parked in the backpacking convict Lake trail head parking lot. But it actually was nice as we were able to hike up a small hill and observe the lake and then descend to the trail. We went in the morning when the lake was calm and the colors of the mountains were beautiful. we then hung out on the rocky beaches on the south side of the lake which was also beautiful. Lots of people fishing. We talked with some backpackers who were going to Dorothy lake which looks amazing when I googled photos later.

K P
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HikingFee

Very lovely trail, and even better we saw no one on it. It's very dry this time of year, so most of the greenery was gold. Parts of it were asphalt. We hiked to the end of the peninsula and then a little more following the sign to get to a beach. We found a beach where no one was at and stayed for awhile before heading back. Fun way to spend a few hours.

Margarita Jamaica Bahama
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Hiking

Beautiful lake. Numerous locals recommended this hike. As previous reviews noted there are a lot of switchbacks up to the lake. We took the fork on the left side of the lake up to Crystal Crag which I highly recommend. It’s difficult to find the trail but the map on this app was relatively accurate. We lost the crystal crag trail a few times but eventually found our way. The views from Crystal Craig were amazing and was fun watching rock climbers ascend of the summit. There is even a patch of snow up there in the July. We got to the trailhead around 8 AM and found easy parking but when we returned to our car the lot was jammed and cars were parked on the road about a quarter-mile down from the trail head.

Margarita Jamaica Bahama
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Hiking

One of the best trails around Mammoth. Just under 40 minutes to mosquito flats trailhead from mammoth lakes. We got there early at 7:30 and they were plenty of parking spaces. However early meant mosquitoes so come prepared with good repellent, not the cheap stuff. We took our time and hiked up past box lake to Long lake and then up to gem lakes. Definitely if you can go to gem lakes. And as previous review said go to the last lake. There is not one switch back but a steady climb. Stunning vistas. On the descent from Gem back to the parking lot we counted 120 hikers on the trail. On the way up there were only 6 people because we left early. I drank 3 liters of water as the elevation is over 10k.

Kimberli Lengning
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This is a short trail with minimal climbing and a huge payoff. These are actual craters, filled with water, in an impressive landscape. The geology is amazing and easy to appreciate if you love the varied natural offerings of our amazing planet. It is not a “hike” as much as it is a destination walk.

Joel Stevenson
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Great trail! Well defined, constant uphill with little flat areas for breaks. They exist it is just they are few and far between. Really good workout! Will visit this one again for the challenge. Definitely pack water maybe a snack or two. Short but challenging.

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Hylary Locsin
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Hiking

This is like nature’s Disneyland for kids! So much to do: swimming, water slides, waterfalls, rock climbing, exploring. We could have stayed here all day with our 7 and 4 year old boys. Get there early because it gets a bit crowded, even on a summer weekday. We parked on the little driveway by the trailhead but only a few cars can fit there. If you park by Kit Carson Lodge you have to walk across the highway and cross the bridge. Highly recommend if you’re in the Tahoe area and looking for something fun for your kids!

Drew Edmonds
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views are great, worth going to at least the base. but holy hell the hike up is miserable. it's basically an 800 ft sand dune. except it's not sand, it's rocky pumice. like fine gravel. wear gaiters over your boots or you'll be stopping every 50 feet to empty out stones. seriously someone should wear snowshoes up this, I wonder if they would help. if this was a solid trail the elevation gain would be doable for most. but hiking up pumice oatmeal is a slog! 4 or 5 star views, 1 star for the physical trail.

Krista Cooper
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Hiking

Very hot day, got up there in about an hour and fifteen minutes. I would suggest going early in the summer months. Amazing views and because it was short enough, I ended up hiking to Summit Lake. Ruby Lake is beautiful and worth taking anyone who doesn't hike often or wants to get in a beautiful day hike. The fall colors will be amazing on this trail. Bugs were not bad and the trail is very well maintained. The parking was filling up by 8 am, so I would suggest getting there early or go on the weekday if possible. Not as many people this time, seemed like they were all heading to the Little Lakes.

Tamie Tattics
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Great place at Summit Lake to sit in the shade and have the dogs swim. Beautiful views and nice relaxed hik.

Krista Cooper
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Hiking

Completed this one today, probably the hottest day of the year! It was a great hike up with amazing views! Get up there early, very sun exposed. Looking forward to doing this again in the fall with all the colors and cooler temps. Summit Lake is like being on the moon and great views of the peaks on the other side. Parking was almost full at 8am on a Saturday, so get there early or go on a weekday. Seemed like most people were going to the Little Lakes so less ppl up to Ruby Lake, Mono Pass and Summit Lake.

Geoffrey Lee
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Hiking

Started at 4:30pm on a Saturday. Expected tons of people and we saw a fair amount on the way to Skelton. On the way back we completed the loop to Emerald and only ran into a couple near the end. Lots of mosquitoes at Skelton. All the recommendations were correct regarding the route. Doing the loop in reverse would have been noticeably harder. Good coverage from trees and most hikers respecting social distancing. Overall a fantastic hike!

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Mike Sanders
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HikingNo shade

The MASH site is accessible - the description still says it's not. Beautiful scenery and easy hike. 100 degrees though with little shade. A dip at the damn cools you off.

Dino Wun
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HikingNo shadeRocky

That is an awesome trail! With no shade, I can bear the blazing sun and saw interesting things like a dead bird. I also collected a rock there. At first, it is hard, and then when we came back, it was easy!

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