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we hiked all the way to the summit...totally worth it! We went with our 11 and 16 year olds. Very diverse trail. There are about 5 lakes on the way up. Mostly shade and moderate climbs. Loved it!

walking
15 days ago

Nice, relatively easy hike for all ages. Easy access for parking and the visitor center is great too.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail, after the first part it’s not bad at all. Took me about 40 minutes to get to the lake.

very beautiful

fishing
26 days ago

I have hiked this trail twice in 2 weeks. The extremely strenuous uphill climb almost scared me away but I powered through and I’m so glad I did. The fishing was absolutely amazing! Using a fly set up with an Elk Hair Caddis I was able to land 18 Eastern Brook trout on my first trip and today I landed 47. Fishing was the best along the north western shore of middle gaylor and the south eastern shore of the one below the mine. I will be back multiple times before they close the pass

Awesome trail. Some tough spots prior to getting to the pass. Well worth the effort.

Lots of bird watching. Kid friendly

fishing
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery! Great fishing. Very modest hike

1 month ago

Really 4+ Fun “recovery” hike. Lakes, flowers (for August), few people, and a ghost town. Make sure to visit the Shell Lake above the mines.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike from the campground to East Lake passing by Green Lake. Parts of the trail can be very rocky, and there are numerous stream crossings with only rock or log makeshift bridges. Fine by me but it could be a challenge for others. Also, when continuing past Green to East Lake, the AllTrails Map is NOTHING like what’s actually on the ground. Numerous cairns and charcoal arrows have been left by courteous predecessors.
Green Lake is magically clear and you’ll really appreciate it once you climb one of the surrounding ridge lines.
I would estimate about 40-50% of the trail has shade, nice for these hot days. Enjoy it, this is one of the good ones!

Beautiful and easy. Watch for crazy thunderstorms

Amazing views. Alone the whole time. Beautiful.

Very steep at first but beautiful views went all the way to the huts and beyond beautiful views landscapes .

I don’t want to tell anyone about this place because it was so beautiful!!! Hiked counter clockwise. Lots of rocks and unstable smaller rocks on the 7-10 o’clock side. But an absolute stunner of California!!

Well marked trail that is uphill from the trailhead to Oneida lake. Part of the trail is rocky so I would advise wearing good shoes. A fair sized alpine lake with good fishing. Beautiful views.

It’s a great hike. The views are incredible and panoramic of the lake loop. The log over the waterfall is no joke. I got dizzy looking at it. If you fear heights you should pass. If a 9 inch log over a waterfall 100s of ft up doesn’t scare you, do it! I’m glad I did it.

hiking
2 months ago

Mountain scenery, flowers, lakes, a mine, and a ghost town: this hike has everything you need in a short hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great rewards once you get past the first part

hiking
2 months ago

I really like this hike,
It starts out really steep, and at first I was thinking "oh no what have I done" because I just drove up here from basically sea level, pulled over and started this hike. Well I guess I acclimated quickly LOL, that or mainly because the trail flattens out after the first 1/2 mile or so...Its BEAUTIFUL! Looking back from where you came, you see snow capped mountains and a little meadow dotted with sparkling tarns. Looking forward you can see the lake nestled at the bottom of a cirque. The lake is impressive in its own little way...The surrounding scenery is gorgeous though. We saw tons of marmots playing in wildflower fields. The cathedral range (I think??) in the distance, We couldn't go past the first lake though because the usual Sierra thunderstorms were headed our way...Next time I will go back for the mine.

hiking
2 months ago

It really is straight up almost the entire way but so worth it! Three ponds surrounding the lake. Beautiful wild flowers, blue sky and incredible views. Careful if you try to walk to other side of the lake. There is a very large glacier that is difficult to traverse. You cannot walk all around the lake as some had suggested. The ground cover is too thick to pass through. The view of the canyon on the side of the lake is worth the walk.

There are brook trout in the lake but weather conditions can make it difficult to catch. There was a pretty strong breeze today blowing across the lake and down the canyon.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike with my fiancé and his 71 yr old mom. All 3 of is loved it. Easy hike and extraordinary views. We made it to one lake and would’ve loved to keep going but had gotten started a little too late in the day so turned around. Mostly shady and follows a beautiful creek.

on Gaylor Lakes Trail

2 months ago

It was okay.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful scenery at every turn! The 1st half on the way to the peak is easy. Climbing to the peak builds the heart rate but the views from the top on both sides are spectacular and I feel like it would be ok to turn around from there if you were looking for a shorter hike. The decent from the peak is a little tricky as the trail is shale and switchbacks and sometimes the trail is lost with snow cover, but there was a crew of three men working on digging the snow away from the trail in a few places. The hardest part is knowing you have to climb back up the peak from the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

There were still some patches of snow on June 15, but a beautiful hike! You pass many lakes, and have to cross some sections of creek by stepping on rocks. Definitely recommend!

Half of the trail was snowed out and had to trek through it which was I wasn’t expecting. Trail was not clearly marked because of it. Would have enjoyed this trail a lot more probably in a couple of months. The views were pretty though. Was really looking for the Twenty Lakes trail which was supposed to be off of this one but because trail wasn’t marked clearly just ended up finishing this trail instead.

very pretty but not for those who are out of shape. I would consider this hike to be steep. also there is a really narrow log bridge over a steep roaring Creek. not for those who are scared of falling. I believe fern lake is more beautiful. turn right and go to fern lake for better views and a short hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked on May 31st, still quite a fair bit of snow pack, had to turn around because of the soft snow field just before you ascend to Middle Gaylor Lake.

easy and amazing

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous alpine scenery with just a short hike. The flowers were still going in late August. The beginning/end of the hike is steep.

I have hiked this trail 5 or 6 times. The trail is fairly steep at times, and narrow in a few spots. The last time I did this hike was in 2014 with my wife and son. I was excited to show them the mine shaft and all the other mining equipment. I was disapointed when I saw that the shaft had been collapsed or collapsed on its own. It is still a gorgeous hike, and one I hope to take a few more times.

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