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I definitely preferred going clockwise around the loop; that meant I climbed the steepest route and descended the longer, less steep direction.

A vigorous hike with a great view of the valley. A must do hike every time we visit. I see why the locals use it daily.

24 days ago

This is a great everyday hike. It is also a nice night hike. It is heavily frequented and the trail is clearly marked. The views can be quit beautiful but it is not isolated from the surrounding city.

I always go clockwise but this is the steep way to go up. It’s a loop so anyway you go is good and you won’t get lost. I would highly recommend it to others.

friendly people. nice hike nice views. pretty easy hike.

Left the portal at 4am with a flashlight,as the batteries were dying the sun was rising! Don’t know if this is some kind of close to record time but I was back down at the Portal by a quarter to 2.
I was in my forties and super fit(USCF rider)
In any case it was a spectacular hike...recommend it to anyone who loves majestic views.Just get yourself in some kind of shape....it will be much more enjoyable.

Great views. A bit more ledges then I prefer. Very brisk walk and everyone along the way has a friendly hello. Everyone along the way is enjoying nature at its best.

Great local hike. Lots of people, views are great. Must do!

we did this in ice and snow in 2k17. it was an awesome challenge and we completed it in one day from the Whitney trailhead. The switchbacks were closed due to snow so we had to climb the chute, that was the best part other than the summit. I'm doing it twice this year! This place is amazing, truly.

great primitive hut to rent, reserve online at recreation.gov During the winter snowshoe or AT ski in for a night. Spectacular sunsets during clear skies. heat and a privy are provided, everything else including water you must bring.

Summitted this majestic mtn several years ago and have ascended other 14-ers since. This is still my favorite AND one of the more challenging to safely climb!

Our ascent was on the Summer Solstice 6/21 with a Full Moon, bright starry night, clear blue skies, tandem moonset/sunrise and a heavy snowfall 3 days earlier... Couldn't ask for any better conditions than that! The icing on top was the exhilerating glissade ride down that cut several hours off our descent...

We rewarded ourselves the next day with soothing massages, mineral soaks & cold creek dips at Stewart Springs followed by a hearty dinner at Mt Sasta Resort to replenish the approx. 10,000 calories we'd burned!

1 month ago

Easy access, and way too many people. Local hiking hotspot. Some asshole was trying to mountain bike it with tons of people on it. Be smarter than that, wait til summer when all the snowbirds/geriatric crowd is gone.very steep on the south side, with a more moderate incline from the north. Good hike that will make you sweat

1 month ago

Close to town but not as scenic as Joshua Tree.

The trail definitely crosses the ski slopes a couple of times, so be aware of that! Besides that it was a great hike, easy to follow, with great views.

1 month ago

This hike is right in the city. It is a very good workout, but it's a bit of a slog. Fair amount of foot and bike traffic on the trail so you have to be watching out for traffic coming in the opposite direction and traffic coming behind you. Lots of folks run this trail as well. It is narrow in sections and doesn't help that it's often steep in these same spots and and the ground can be loose. We were quite hot on this hike which we did from about 8:30-10:30 am. We did it clockwise, but the signage is a bit confusing where the Hop along Cassidy trail branches off. Do not take the Hop along branch to the left if you only want to do the Bump and Grind. Yep, it's a good workout with good views of the city. My hiking mate felt it was difficult not moderate.

Did half of it. Loved the hike

Gets your heart racing when you’re not in shape. Love it

Great hike. About 7K in total. Hiked up front (steep part) 1,100 for elevation- heart thumper but totally doable. Took the Trail down the back and it is easy and no issues. About 1.5hrs.

Like Mr Dave I did this hike when I was 19 or 20! We went up in 1 day stayed in lone pine as well what a wonderful place! You defiantly should bring a water purifier and I would suggest stopping at the first camp to acclimate. I may have to try the lottery to see where I stand at 44 years old- cheers to all!

1 month ago

Nice incline. Not too difficult. Done at sunset so cool and beautiful view. Lots of people use this trail

Took my girl and my dog out here after a friend told me I should check it out. So glad I did. You basically hike the ridge all the way to squaw valley and it has amazing 360 degree views. Challenging but well worth it

I love the challenge every time. It definitely increased my endurance. Love it!

first time doing this Trail. I took the right trail and did the slow incline versus the steeper incline on the left side. great views of the valley, a very good workout. A little steep on the descent with a lot of loose stone and gravel. Glad I had my hiking Trekkers.

Spring snowmelt brings wildflowers and mule deer out in droves. Summers offers an array of hiking opportunities and PCT travelers from everywhere. Fall ushers in a myriad of colors when the oaks shed their leaves in preparation for snow. And winter bestows a place to ski and escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Mountain High is situated in an ideal hub of outdoor activities. Everything from hiking, geocaching, hunting, camping, disc golfing, mountain biking... you name it, it’s there. It offers a little of everything with merging trailheads and campgrounds situated in and around its perimeter. For me, it’s a great place to hike and explore. To visit friends who work the resort. To go skiing and get lost looking for geocaches. To look for the little bits of history left behind by the great outdoor recreation boom from the 1920’s. I adore this place and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants an adventure no matter the time of year.

Made the trip down from Portland for a solo NYE summit. Unbelievable. Be extra cautious on the descent, especially through Red Banks.

Fun hike! Suggest starting up the left side of the trail first to avoid coming down the steepest section of the trail. Parking was easy.

Slow uphill the way out which makes it a nice walk back. Great views of the lake the lower part of the walk. Lots of snow higher up on the trail but all easily passable. Overall great experience for a winter hike!

2 months ago

Breathtaking hike and views. I was able to get above tree line with heavy duty yak-tracks. The ones with teeth, not just a cord. But I felt uneasy once it got steep without an ice axe to rescue me if I fell and made the slide for life.
Bottom line: It’s an absolute must do, if you’re in the area. The first part is fairly easy. Just make sure you have some sort of traction device. The snow was packed and therefore, icy. The crowds thinned to four of us once past the first 1/2mile...as is normal for wilderness hikes. And as an introvert looking for solitude, I’m thankful for that.

Fun workout with decent views but nothing spectacular. Trails are in good condition. The back side (going counterclockwise) is a little exposed.

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