Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Pinecrest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 hours ago

One of the best I’ve done yet. The reward at the end is awesome. Trail needs a improvement in some areas. Almost lost the trail in certain areas but over all is a great trail.

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7 hours ago

Fun

Definitely got lost coming back down and went to the left instead of staying to the right and ended up on a very scary ledge. Just make sure you stay to the RIGHT when you head back down and look for the stacking stones. Fun hike and very rewarding at the top. Highly recommend this hike but be careful.

hiking
6 days ago

I went to Blue Ridge Lake today. if you don't mind a little high elevation and a little bit of rock scrambling this is an absolutely beautiful Trail flowers were everywhere however I will warn you to parking lot is fairly small. this off limits the amount of people going out to the lake which is nice because it's not a big late but it is stunning against the mountains in the snow.

We day hiked to Chewing Gum Lake from the Crabtree trailhead and back on July 10. It's slightly over 4 miles each way with a big elevation gain going out--almost 2000 feet over the first 2 miles or so. Most of it isn't very steep but it keeps coming at you. Most of the hike is in partial shade until you get very close to the lake and the wildflowers were lovely. The lake is very pretty and was a great place to have lunch. We found no mosquitoes at Chewing Gum near noon, and there was only one area on the way where the bugs got bad. Leaving the lake, staying on the trail requires some attention. This is a harder way to get to Chewing Gum than from Gianelli (more climbing) but very nice and very quiet. We saw only two other people during our 5-hour outing.

Beautiful Hike!! Struggled with hiking in the high elevation but so worth it.

We did this for my birthday on June 3. It’s a beautiful strenuous hike up to the reservoir. It took us about 3.5 hours to get to the reservoir as we took my 3 year old son. Once we got to the reservoir the view was amazing. In between the snow cap mountains. Beautiful. Took us about 1.5 hours back as it is nothing but downhill after that! We did see a coyote by the water, that was cool.

Amazing hike. The first 3 miles up are strenuous but then its a nice slow downhill to the reservoir. Views are spectacular. Went in June 2017; part of the trail was still snowed in and a few streams were overflowing. So, glad I had waterproof Lowas on.

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip with 8 in mid September 2017. Perfect hike for some first time backpackers that were on the trip. The trail is well marked and there are plenty of scenic spots to stop. We started around noon and made it to camp leisurely far before sunset. The southeast side of Bear Lake was pretty crowded since we started late. We continued clockwise off trail to the northeast side of the lake and were able to find a nice, secluded spot to camp.

Spent the Friday night before an Pinecrest campground, a great campground 30-40min drive from the trailhead.

it was awesome! 4 hard spots especially with my dog

We went on this trail just before 4th of July of this year (2018). We started at Kennedy Meadows at about 1:20 PM, and the hike up to Relief Reservoir was about 3 hours (including plenty of rests). We found a campsite along the eastern side of the lake, just south of where Grouse Creek enters the lake. There were several other people around, but the sites are spread out enough to allow plenty of privacy. Plenty of water in Grouse Creek, but it was relatively easy to cross without getting wet.

We camped here for two nights. Water in the Relief Reservoir was cool, but warm enough for good swimming. Mosquitoes were minimal (we felt lucky!) and it was really a pretty great spot to relax.

We did a dayhike on our second day, continuing on the trail toward the south, and bearing left at the V to head up toward Lunch Meadow. We didn't hike that far though....just went up over 8000 feet to where the trail meets back up with Summit Creek. We picnicked here, and swam in the river in a nice deep swimming hole (it was freezing). Then we hiked back down to our same campsite, which was quick since it was mostly downhill.

On our third day we hiked back down to our car at Kennedy Meadows. It only took 2 hours hiking down, with lighter packs and mainly downhill.

Trails were fairly busy, especially on the first day (Sunday). This included hikers and horses. We had our dog with us, and it was nice that there were several small creeks that she was able to drink from as we walked. Near Relief Reservoir we saw deer and squirrels and there were definitely lots of fish in the water too.

The trail is beautiful, especially in the last 0.75 miles approaching the reservoir. Beautiful views!

hiking
15 days ago

Did this hike a year ago and I’m so excited to do it again! The views and geologic history of the canyon fascinate me and the lake itself was so serene and peaceful. I recommend this to everyone I meet!

Definitely Not Year Round trail!! Who's managing this site. it's Snowed in in the winter.

Blue Canyon Lake is a stunning turquoise blue - worth the climb! Please be prepared for many stream crossings and getting your feet wet this time of year(June/July); trusty hiking boots are a must on this slippery gravel/talus trail. This trail is not for the faint of heart as there are some sections that require light scrambling. I don't recommend this hike for beginners primarily due to the stream crossings, scrambling sections and the ~1200ft gain in a short 1.8 miles. Also, the trail is not well-marked with signage and there are a few deceiving pseudo trails - follow the cairns and you'll be just fine! With the right preparation and determination, I do think anyone could ultimately tackle this breathtaking trail. Please be safe and always pack out what you pack in. Enjoy!

We were prepared for hoardes of mosquitos but it wasn’t bad! We stayed at the north end of the lake in a great little site. The bugs were a little annoying in the morning and a little bit at sundown but between permethrin, deet and picaridin they left us alone.

Others who had been at other lakes said the mosquitos were so bad they were basically trapped in their tents, even during the day.

This is an awesome beginner trip.

We took a day hike to Y Meadow Lake Greg bugs were worse there) and then came back cross country over the ridge to Chewing Gum. With topi maps it wasn’t too hard, even for a first-timer on the trip.

Great trail and very rewarding swimming hole at the end of the trail

hiking
21 days ago

Really fun hike the last 15 min is climbing up rocks

easy trail to bear lake, great trip for dogs! Campsites were pretty filled up by saturday, so i’d suggest leaving early friday morning.

beautiful area. relatively easy hike in 6 MI. very very bad mosquitoes. basically the mosquitoes are out with a vengeance from about 7 in the morning until 9:30 at night. would definitely go back in late summer. we did camp for two nights. and we did swim in the lake which was beautiful, but we swam with our mosquito Nets on our heads and made a major Dash back to the tent once out of the water.

Wonderful hike, not too tough. Views are some of the best. Mosquitoes were so bad people were cutting their trips short. Bring DEET, and it is tolerable. Will definitely do this one again or hit another of the many lakes in the same area.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful hike, very steep and some areas of the trail was under snow. No markings or signs of a trail head at the start. It appears on Topo as being in the Emigrant Wilderness but only a broken post remains a short way in. The trail is not always clear and a few alt routes to get around obstacles were present if observant. Lake was about 75% frozen 6/24/18. Enjoyable and remote despite its closeness to 108.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this today, there were a couple very manageable stream crossings but we did have to take off our boots for one of them. After one of the stream crossings, there is a false trail leading off to the left that eventually falls away; we put rocks across the path and built a few cairns to mark the right trail. I'd suggest a topo map to help make sure you're on the right track.

Not going to lie.. thankful to the hikers that made the stone trail markers climb up was hard but doable.. you’ll feel proud after! Beautiful waterfalls and areas to soak your feet and relax

Just went this past weekend with my 9 year old. We had a great time and would definitely come back again. Day 1: Crabtree TH to Bear Lake, Day 2: Bear Lake to Granite Lake, Day 3: Granite Lack back down to Crabtree TH

1 month ago

Went yesterday. I would give it at least a week. These are the first hot days on the pass and the watershed made the creeks dangerous at best and snow bridges are a no go. We passed 2 groups that had turned around bc they werent able to find a safe crossing. Still lots of ice/summer snow covering the trail so wear waterproof boots. By the time we hiked up to a point that we would have been able to wade across(.75mi further) we ran out of time. Bummer because we were really looking forward to the destination. We'll be giving it another go after the snow and rivers work things out a little.

Took my 3 pre teens on this hike from Thursday to Saturday. We stayed at the mostly empty campground at trailhead on Thursday night. I recommend filling your bottles up at the bridge, cuz there aren’t any clean water sources after it. It’s 3.5 miles of predominantly uphill, and I could tell that was all the kids could do. Bear
Lake is loaded with fish, and my boys had fun casting lures. Dry wood is limited at Bear Lake, so you got to hike for it. I recommend avoiding the weekend, since there were tons of people heading in, when we were heading out. A great hike that we will surely do again in a few years.

Beautiful hike. We did it on a Sunday and most folks were backpackers heading back to their cars. It was very hot on the way back.

Really cool hike it's a little hard to follow the path. But they have blue arrows directing you for the most part! Really pretty views along the trail

Weather was nice this last weekend. An excellent hike. A couple mosquitos and some horse poop along the trail is the only downer.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is gorgeous! I’ve hiked around Pinecrest several times and always wanted to hike back in. The water was really moving today, and we could hear the waterfall from pretty far away. Be prepared to scale some large boulders. We saw one small ran snake, but I’m sure there were others hidden in the rocks and plants so watch your toes! The trail can be hard to find at times. Keep an eye out for blue spray painted arrows, piled rocks, and occasionally arrows that look like they were done with crayon! If all else fails, follow the water up! A lot of dogs were on the way back, but once we scrambled up the rocks a lot stopped at the bottom. It’d be very difficult for them and young kids/elderly.

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