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Cathy Strini
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HikingRocky

Epic views but you’ll have to work for them! Pack water and sunscreen up

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Madi Lewis
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Excellent fun trail. Beautiful views the whole way and I loved how the variety of scenery from many different aspects of the trail. I recommend going counter clockwise and making the steep climb to castle peak first and then walking the last 7 miles on a more gradual downhill. The ridge walk is gorgeous and once you get past castle peak there is not many people until hooking back up with the pct. wonderful geology too!!

Barry Timko
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Hiking

Great hike to Tinker knob. Crowds until you get to Judah. Small snow patch at the foot of mt Lincoln.

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Anna Wettach
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HikingRocky

Great to do once... lol. If you plan to go beyond the tunnels make sure that you wear shoes with a good grip. Ankle support and walking sticks can also help. There is a lot of loose gravel on slippery sand beyond the tunnels. It’s a bit difficult trying to stay on a path that isn’t steep when trying to get around the hill and back to the tunnels. You actually end up on the top of the tunnel before having to carefully try to climb down slippery rocks to get between the openings of the tunnels. If you do just the tunnels, it’s an easy walk on lots of gravel with puddles of water. The tunnels are nice and cool with lots of openings to enjoy the outside of the tunnels as well and beautiful Donner lake. In many parts of the tunnel you can hear and smell the bats but couldn’t see them. Another hiker said it’s beautiful to see the icicles hanging from the ceiling in the winter. I might come back just to see that quickly.. but not doing the whole walk around the mountain again.

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Daniel Winters
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Hiking

Great views. Water is just reservoir

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Philip Frost
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HikingBugsScramble

Castle peak was a little sketchy and required some climbing. Both peaks had spectacular views!!!!!

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Zachary Minshall
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Completed today June 10, 2020. As others have said, it is difficult to bring sedans to the actual trailhead because the road has tons of sandbars. I decided to park at the beginning of the road to the trailhead (this is actually where alltrails shows the trail starting for some reason). I left my car at 3:45 am and did not return until 9 pm. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous, but the “trail” is basically a scree scramble. In the later portions of the route there is often no visible path at all and I would classify it as less of a trail and more of a climb. I completed this hike in trail running shoes and mountaineering shorts, and as of June 10 there is only one patch of snow left that is mainly unavoidable and would consider to be sketchy for those not bringing crampons. It it located past mushroom rock and right before misery hill. However, it is definitely possible to do it as I did with some risk involved. This trail was a huge challenge and I’m proud I did it, but I wouldn’t do it again because the scree was absolutely miserable.

Melanie Hackley
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Hiking

This trail was challenging but rewarding! It took us about 2 hours total to climb up and back down. Great views of the lake from the top.

Michelle Stovall
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HikingRockyScramble

Great views. Pretty steep the whole way up and easy to get off trail but it helps to follow the cairns.

Dana Fuller
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HikingGreat!

This hike was absolutely spectacular. there's a snow patch at Mt. Lincoln, but can be crossed with care or bouldered from the bottom. I submitted Lincoln on the way back, which keeps you up above the snow patch. Once on the summit you can go back down to the right and catch back up with the PCT. Bugs weren't an issue! I stopped at Benson's Hut as well for a nice view.

Gordon Wellington
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I've done this hike perhaps a half dozen times or more, but always in reverse order from the trail description. I find it easier to spend my energy earlier in the day gaining the elevation to Basin Peak, then the ridge run and subsequent ascent to Castle Peak isn't as much of a challenge. The wildflowers were THE BEST I have ever seen, and the Mariposa Lillies were darn near everywhere! What a day! As others have mentioned, hiking poles are strongly recommended. The descent from Castle Peak to the junction with the PCT at Castle Pass can really get you going (gravity-wise), so the extra braking and route picking the poles afford you will help most hikers. Also, we began our hike on the PCT, gaining access from the use trail along the edge of the first meadow you encounter, then hiked the dirt road on the return. At that point all we wanted to do was get back to our cars and the cold drinks waiting in the cooler.

Alyssa Asaro
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HikingRockyScramble
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Nicole Fletcher Roberts
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Hiking

Very interesting history. Glad we read earlier reviews so we knew to bring sweatshirts. The tunnels get very cool inside. I’m not one to enjoy graffiti and there is a lot of it. It was very crowded so it made the walk less enjoyable.

Kristina Navarro
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

We attempted this trail on Sunday July 5th 2020. The parking lot is about 2 miles further into the forest than the alltrails map says. The road to the trailhead is very rough for a low clearance vehicle such as my Mazda 3. I had to drive incredibly slow and focused on not bumping anything underneath my car, avoiding holes in the ground or hitting any mounds of rocks too hard. It is totally doable, just a pain. Once at the trail head you will have to fill out your wilderness pass (which is free and lasts for 3 days) along with a summit pass which is $25 per person, if you wish to be above 10k feet. We started at 5am though I wish we had started at 3 to be honest. The trail is an absolute slog though incredibly gorgeous and enchanting. Couldn’t stop smiling the whole way, even through screaming calves and thighs haha. We did use crampons and ice axes one some bits of snow, the snow was okay - not great. The trail is very well marked if you’re following alltrails map. There is a ton of scree which wasn’t awful up until just after mushroom rock and beneath misery hill. The scree there felt incredibly sketchy. At that point from what I saw, you have 3 options to the summit 1. Scramble over boulders on the ridge just above mushroom rock 2. Hiking through the scree that the trail takes to the ridge 3. Climbing up the gully just under the saddle to the summit. We ultimately attempted hiking the scree to a point where we were just uncomfortable and switched to crampons on snow but by that time the snow was such mush from the sun that we sadly turned back. Didn’t try the scramble over boulders which I regret. Total moving time was 8 hours, total time was 14 hours. Will definitely be back. Have fun and be safe out there! :)

Giulia Sinigagliesi
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HikingSnow

Very beautiful trail and views! Only a couple things to note: the length is more like 15.5 miles and right now there is a nasty snow patch. Besides that I highly recommend it.

Exploring with a Subie User
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Great morning hike, only saw a few people, made it all the way to the last tunnel, needed a flashlight

Angie Cook
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HikingRocky
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Lillie Konttinen
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Hiking

I’ve been hiking this trail 5 times in the last month, and have been loving it!! It’s an easy loop, that is well marked. Great river spots for the dogs to get a drink, and it’s not very crowded.

Eric Hamer
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HikingGreat!Off trailRockyScramble

First time up Red Lake Peak and Stevens Peak. Both were awesome with fantastic views. I didn't make it to the actual summit of Red Lake Peak, but I got very close. That final ascent is pretty hairy! Looped back and connected to the PCT for the return trip. It was a clear blue day with winds picking up speed as noon approached. The summit registry on Stevens Peak is full.

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