Went over Memorial Day while camping at Hermit Valley. Lots of snow still - we got 1.5 miles in and had to turn around because of the snow and large puddles of water. Still gorgeous views, but be prepared to bring waterproof boots and keep an eye on the trail because of the snow coverage which can get people lost.

hiking
icy
over grown
washed out
2 days ago

The overall hike was very pretty and an easy hike. Once you get to the boulders to see the waterfall you completely lose the trail so you just have to follow the water. Our large dog had a hard time getting back down from the boulders so it took us longer trying to maneuver him through. Beautiful views!

hiking
off trail
snow
10 days ago

May 16: car to car trip in 11.5 hrs / 17miles. Summit The gate was still closed so that added 7 miles total to the trip. We did bring snow shoes and we used them in a few sections where trail was buried underneath the snow ( 9,000-10,000’+) section. Now, that’s of course will change in a week or even few days so use your judgment. We had summer mountainnering boots and gators. It did take some good route finding. The summit ridge was little windy. Definitely bring layers. No one else was on the mountain that day. We signed a summit book. Summit @2pm. Heading back by 2:30pm, back at the car parked along the 89 @07pm. Hard by epic day.

Love this trail, can’t believe I’ve never done it before. Easy, relaxing, and lots of great views of the river and the falls. The trail gets a little hard to follow once you get up to where the falls are—it’s a rocky outcrop, but if you follow the footprints you’ll find your way up. Just follow the water. No snow, no mud. Good conditions for hiking.

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

The gate on the forest road off of 89 is still closed as of May 6. This adds about an extra 3.5 miles each way. Snow starts at the cow grate 2 miles in and doesn’t stop. There’s still too much snow to get all the way to Freel.

ohv/off road driving
rocky
23 days ago

BEAUTIFUL trail! While it was a bit rocky, nothing airing down couldn’t fix. There were A LOT of people at the hot springs with several others camped near by. The river is flowing fast and high making it almost impossible to cross. We didn’t risk it however one guy did and his truck almost got swept away. Overall I’d say it was a great trip!

hiking
rocky
24 days ago

The trail is pretty fun and moderate for the most of it, the last mile or so is a VERY steep descent and rough going back up on the return trip. When we finally go a good view of the river, the area was full of trucks, ATVs, and looked like a huge party. kind of a let down, but the views were still gorgeous. We didn't bother that last descent and didn't make it to the river since it was so packed. Looks like there's an easier route to drive in on, so I'd suggest that before the hike.

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Really rocky but a good hike

Easy hike that's good for the whole family. Dog friendly, and plenty of shade.

Tough out and back if you’re looking for a day hike but the hot springs and river make it worth the effort

hiking
snow
1 month ago

This is a nice easy hike with gradual inclines. If you take the Grand Loop trail, and go straight, it gets steep, but otherwise it's pretty easy. It's a popular trail, so you'll see lots of people. You'll see plenty of horses too, so avoid the piles that fill the trail.

backpacking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail gets 2 stars instead of 0, because the beauty and views are amazing, plus you end at a hotsprings, so that's awesome as well. If you are fine hiking/backpacking a dirt bike/4x4 rocky double track most of the time, then you'll love this trail. The trail follows the ridge line which happens to go up and down many hills and follows the path of a dirt bike which is almost straight up then straight down the other side over and over again. I loved the workout and training with my backpack, but be aware if that is not what you desire. When my husband and I backpacked in we were greeted on a Tuesday spring night by at least 5 different groups all with multiple cars. Kinda of disappointing after working so hard to be with 4 wheelers some of which got drunk that night. It was beautiful scenery and I am glad I did it and now know I should 4 wheel if I want to go back and save the hiking legs for another trail.

Snowshoe trek to Winnemucca for an excellent winter camping experience with my daughter March 20-22! Took the trail from the Carson Pass Sno-Park to Frog Lake, straddled the western base of Elephants Back, and set up camp just above the eastern shore of the lake. Lots of powder and beautiful scenery from a storm earlier that week! Watching the clouds skim across the peak of Round Top and enjoying the silence you can only find in winter was truly amazing. Watched large snowflakes fall for 20 minutes in a big blue sunny sky from a single cloud near The Sisters. My daughter was particularly fond of watching people climb various portions of Round Top and bomb down on snowboards and skis!

on Osborne Hill

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Easy trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Its a beautiful trek! route finding was a fun challenge considering the extra layer of snow on the ground! only lost the trail a few times! the last leg is the most difficult. its a steep decline coming in, with the scree/shale rock making it that much more of a challenge. this was also the biggest part of loosing the trail, instead, we made a b-line down the canyon instead of running along the ridge which is what the map/trail indicated was the likely trail. with a more clearer idea of the trail this makes it a fairly moderate trail. if you are route-finding on your own, its probably more difficult. all’n’all! can’t wait to do it again! the rewards are well worth it!

hiking
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

Definitely not kid friendly, also be sure to take the right turns. The first two fork in the trail veer left then the third go right. We got lost at the third turn so it took a lot of our time and we didn’t end up finishing the hike to make it to the springs. I’ll try again when it’s a little warmer and I have a little more time. The scenery is gorgeous though!

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