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Couchy Tatoe
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bad roads. the road is so effing chewed up. need ATV tires trucks SUVs. not recommend small auto tires. road dirt has big dip holes and rocks before getting to the entrance to begin the hike. blaaa. not beginner's hike. more of moderate hikers...but not worth the hike and drive up to this trails from bay area or Carmichael. worth it if lives 30min away and has trucks or SUV. as these vehicles has better tires equipment and has higher clearance from the pot holes and dirt roads laced with sharp rocks and can punctures your regular tires and catalytic converters. only a few lakes and two lakes worthy of swimming in it. not a great view from the top or peak. just views of any other lakes surrounded by trees and rocks. I'd rather go hike Tahoe areas vs. this crooked lake trails and Penner lakes. easy trails with too much rocks and gravels. especially the last quarter miles up. but trails also have too many fork in the roads that sidetrackes to elsewhere with no sign of where you're going. No Signs means you can easily get lost from main trail. lucky for me a guys was lost and ask for directions and to followed me out. glad I was near him as he was lost and sprained his ankle. feel sorry for the poor fella. glad he made it out alive. the good thing I like about this trail was there was none worth going back to. maybe the portapottys. yes there were 4 of them. at the main entrance. other than that the 2 lakes at the tops...lot of trees and mosquito and mats huge to suck you dry. bring lot of waters and bug sprays. that's it. I don't recommend this for beginners. if beginning....then take your time and starts early in the morning. good luck and happy trails. BTW...this is my first and last trail I know I will never go back to.

Kyle Pickering
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Backpacking

A wonderful weekend spent in this gorgeous location. The trail is easy to follow, and takes you through non-stop beauty. Mosquitos are getting better! Didn’t have to use bug spray, which was a nice change. Lots of camping spots at Glacier Lake. Glorious sun set. On the hike back we took Sand Ridge, which was covered in wildflowers.

Matthew Penner
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Hiking

Best to bring a 4wheel drive vehicle up to the trail head. Very pleasant hike with lots of shade and great views. Went cliff jumping in Penner Lake and had a great time! Even my 75 year old father completed the hike. A little crowded right now I think due to covid driving everyone to explore.

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Alix Simonson
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Backpacking

Took a friend on her first backpacking trip here. She was unsure about if she would like the activity so we started with something short and easy. She loved it!! The trail was very well maintained, mostly shaded which was critical during a very hot spell, and had tons of water for swimming and drinking. The falls at the end were a true highlight. Plenty of nice flat spots for pitching a tent. The stars were utterly spectacular at night. A light breeze kept the mosquitos away. There were a few forks in the trail early on that were not well marked, but we were able to use the AllTrails map to clear things up. Nobody else around on a Sunday night but saw a fair number coming on Monday as we headed out.

Victoria Danby
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BackpackingGreat!

This is our 6th summer hiking to Glacier Lake - beautiful as always, but seemed especially pretty this year with the [late?] wildflowers. We usually stay 2-3 nights and our 2 teens and our dog always have fun exploring once camp is settled. We often take a day hike to Five Lake Basin and the kids jump off the rocks into the water - which is a tad warmer than Glacier Lake (even when they were younger - 10ish - they could jump off the rocks at here). The last .5 mile is over granite rocks - despite having done this hike many times, the trail still seems a little unclear right at the end when the granite ends and the vegetation begins again. I noticed many more cairns this year - always helpful - especially on the trail to Five Lake Basin. This trail offers everything - forest, meadows, vistas, lakes - all in less than 4 miles (one way). The 6 mile dirt road to the trailhead is very bumpy - be prepared :)

Keith Facchino
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HikingBugsRocky
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Gretchen B.
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Hiking

Nice day hike and the lake is a great spot for a picnic. Lots of poison oak, so stay on the path. Tons of wildflowers even this late in the season. We only passed 3 other couples/families hiking on the trail. Parking lot was crowded because it shares access with Emerald Pools, but we were able to find a spot along the road. We also got confused at he beginning because people campsite wasn’t set up right at the start of the trail If you get to the Emerald Pools, you went too far. Turn around and walk back towards the campsite until you see the trail sign on your right. Once you get to the lake, you have to crawl under the intake pipes to follow the trail, which isn’t obviously marked. Walk across the rocks down to the shore of the lake for the best views. Overall a lovely hike and the trail was surprisingly quiet on a holiday weekend.

Rachel Eastwood
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HikingScramble

Great hike! Our small group just went in a 2-3 miles, until we could find a spot to scramble down to the river. Just be aware there’s no cell service nearby, so need to coordinate meeting beforehand.

Felicia Krieger
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Hiking

Beautiful blue sky day for a hike in one of my favorite areas. It’s stunning out here!

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James Thomas
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Hiking

fantastic hike for first 12 miles out of Rucker lake campground area. Return leg of the loop from Meadow Lake to Eagle Lakes is a very rough OHV road. This makes it very strenupus, and contains 3 strem crossings you must wade across. The final leg from Eagle Lakes to Bowman Road is really beautiful and moderately difficult.

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Judy Benson
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HikingRockyScramble

No toilets at the TH but there are at the Sierra Discovery Trail which is maybe 1/2 mile or so before the TH. Some rocky areas on the trail. Lots of shade. Gorgeous views. Beautiful, decent sized waterfall along the way and a few smaller ones as well. Couple creek crossings, some of which were dry. The Alltrails map indicates the trail goes straight down to the lake but as far as I could see it did not and we had to find our own way down. The water was quite cold but enjoyable for brief periods.

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Andrea Lum
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HikingRocky

great hike. I would recommend getting there to have AWD or a 4WD. bring sunscreen and a hat

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Matt Marchini
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HikingRocky

This was a great trail with shade and sun. Very rocky in some spots. Trail is dog friendly . Also this trail is more close to 6 miles if you walk all the way to the lake.

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Phillip Evans
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Backpacking

What a great trail with amazing views of lakes along the way. I took my wife on her very first backpacking trip and she had a great time. We ended up staying at Crooked Lakes since Penner lake and Island Lake was very busy. Trail is heavily traveled so navigating was really easy. I have a Garmin watch and downloaded the trail, but honestly it wasn’t needed because the paths were easy to follow. I highly recommend this trail!

Sean Lyon
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Started the hike at Carr Lake and did the Round Lake Trail to the Glacier Lake Trail which made it a very nice 10 mile hike.

David K.
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Backpacking

We stayed over night on Sat 6/27/20. Overall it was a nice overnight trip. The road and parking lot were busy, but seems like most of the people were enjoying the river pools. We lost the trail right at the start (we went towards the water), but the trail goes above it), later it was easy to follow. We had 2 pups with us and the trail is partially rocky but their paws didn't get any blisters. Somebody mentioned that rattlesnakes make an appearance but luckily we haven't seen any. It has steady incline but not too strenuous, we met few groups on the trail, mostly day hikers. It is mostly a single track but it was easy to pass with a distance. there are few water crossings so the dogs can refresh themselves. The water at the lake was quite low and as we followed this trail, we didn't see any good water access. there are actually buoys (not even reaching the water now) saying do not pass... There are not too many views along the trail but the views at the lake are gorgeous. What was absolutely amazing, there were not too many mosquitoes.

Allison . Hyman
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HikingBugsFloodedRockyScramble

I did this for my first backpacking trip. it kicked my butt, lots of incline, uneven footing and gravelly rocks you have to climb. The views of the lake and trees are gorgeous though. I recommend wear sturdy/ water resistant shoes because you have to go through a few creeks. I also recommend bug spray because there are lots of mosquitoes out there.

Sam C
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HikingBugsFeeMuddyRocky

It starts off looking like an abandoned theme park with the PG&E pipes and flumes. Well maintained, but parts have been moved so they don’t match up with the original trail. The falls pool for a nice swimming hole, but that water is cold.

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Kim Cooper
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Hiking

Completed 5/21/20 The Pioneer Trail hike was too close to the road for us, so we did a little exploring... Pioneer Trail to Harmony Ridge to Dascombe... across the canyon, down the zipper to Rock Creek Mine and back to the Market Parking lot. Just over 10 miles. (I didnt map it but I wish I had.) Beautiful, peaceful, shady... everything you could want.

Shana McCarl
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Very beautiful trail with the best views, but hard to follow. Very rocky too so wear sturdy shoes. And beware the road at the trailhead, it's the worst road I've ever driven!

Gurbinder Kalkat
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HikingOff trailRocky
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