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great view and great experience

backpacking
1 day ago

This was my first time up this trail. I met lots of people below Cathedral Lake. Only saw 3 other people above that point. I spoke with two others that stated that the amount of snow had added a lot of time to their trek to the top. For me, the Novice, the snow did make it difficult to tel where the trail was supposed to be. Often I would follow tracks in the snow only to discover that they were way off base compared to the app map.

I'm really glad that I pushed past all the reasons to turn around and made it to the top. The view was great. There was a group of Marmots living at the top. The latest weather was rolling in so I quickly ate my lunch ad headed back down. I can understand why people do this hike over and over. Well worth it!

snowshoeing
1 day ago

great winter snowshoeing trip. You really feel like you are on your own.

off road driving
1 day ago

Great trail but definitely go with others. My stock two door rubicon did well, tho I did scrape the skid plates underneath a bit. It’s better suited for vehicles with more ground clearance and bigger tires.

If you are on Glacier Point Road, you have to check out this place. Such amazing views!

Great view at every stop. Great to hike up and have a picnic with your kids. Will come again.

I love this trail...definitely one of my favorite local hikes. I love that you get the great views of being at over 9,300 ft without too long or overly arduous hike like some of the other local peaks. I highly recommend this hike for those who haven't done it and I look forward to coming back and enjoying this one many times and I have done it twice in less than 6 months.

Parking- Vincent Gap parking lot off Hwy 2...we have gotten there early so it has never been an issue finding a spot and it is a rather large lot (you do need an Adventure Pass)

Trail- it starts near the restroom...the trail to the left going down will take you to Big Horn Mine and the trail going up will take you steeply up to Baden-Powell and there will be many switchbacks and many great views as you make your way up; at about a mile there is a cool wooden bench to catch your breath or catch the great view; it is about 4 miles to the top and you will reach a 1,500 yr old tree less than a half a mile from the top called "Wally Waldron" at a flat kinda narrow portion that is a mini Devil's Backbone; you will then make one final ascent up to the peak where you will see a monument to the namesake who was a Boy Scouts leader and a pole with a writing station that contains some notebooks to log your thoughts, message, etc... and just beyond that you should find the wooden sign that you can hold with the elevation and a US flag

Peak- there is a pretty large area at the top for you to find a spot for yourself/group to not bother others or be bothered by others and there are 360 degree beautiful views

Distance- about 8 miles
Elevation Gain- about 2,800 ft
Peak- about 9,400 ft
Duration- between 4 to 6 hrs depending of course on your speed, how many breaks, and how long you spend at the top
Difficulty- Moderate to Hard (definitely easier than the other SoCal peaks like Mt Baldy or San Jacinto)

Ass kicker! Worth it!

Beautiful. Your walking through the campground on an asphalt trail for a good portion. Then you hit middle falls and your reminded why you go hiking. I was trying out a new loaded backpack and it was a good length to get my first idea of what the pack would feel like. Upper falls is a great place to just sit and feel the power of the river just before it plummets. Trail is wide and popular.

Great loop, be aware thou.
the whole loop it's block by rocks, so it is flooded. You need to go upper side of trail at one point. Probably 1 mile, going between Rocks, over tree trunks and under tree trunk. So, not as easy for now. We got Sun, Rain and Mosquitoes.
Si dress accordingly to the weather.
Still thou, a challenge for beginners like us. I found a stick about 6ft. came very handy to go through this obstacles.
Great spots for pics!

This is a great route to hike Baldy. We left the Manker Flats camp area around 11am and made it through the whole loop with 30+ minutes at the summit in about 7 hours. I would HIGHLY recommend doing the loop counter-clockwise. The way down was steep and looser material without the double view to the north and south; the way up allowed us to stop and enjoy the seas of clouds on the ocean AND desert sides.
Overall: very true to the description. Follow the warnings (ie, don't take FAR left trail) and you will have a strenuous but exhilarating hike!
(Don't forget to top off your water at the Notch, that was key for us).

Did the hike May 20th. Amazing views! There is snow on the upper section but after around 4.5-5 mile point you can fairly easily circulate around it and the summit ridge itself is mostly clear of snow. Did not use crampons or studded shoes.

Definitely a super easy stroll. Beautiful scenery

Whitney in May is totally where it's at. I climbed it on a Saturday with a group of 3 in one day and maybe 10-15 other folks made it to the top. The lack of crowds was fantastic and it was a load of fun. Be prepared for snow and ice and it's good to have crampons and an ice axe for going up (and glissading down) the chute. We left at 4am, summited at 11:30 and got back at 5pm and it was great but did make very good time. If you're somewhat less experienced, of recommend leaving an hour earlier but it's really not too bad of a hike. During be summer months, I think it's akin to San Gorgonio just shifted up a few thousand feet (which does make a big difference) and during the winter, it's a perfect place to work on beginner mountaineering skills. Overall, a fantastic mountain and the tallest in the lower 48!!!

Absolutely beautiful. Loved everything about this hike. Trail was a bit harder than we expected mostly due to climbing hills and the elevation. My husband and I are very active but from below sea level altitude.

Just finished this hike last Saturday. We camped at the Outpost camp Friday night and headed for the summit at 5am Saturday. We reached the summit around noon, with clouds rolling in, just in time to start heading down before the weather got bad.

Conditions were generally good, with snow cover starting around 11k feet.

This trail was absolutely beautiful. The first mile and the last couple miles up are the hardest but trekking poles help a ton. The juice is worth the squeeze on this one as the sights from up top are breathtaking.

hiking
2 days ago

Nice and simple trail, crater was a cool lime green color surrounded by some trees.

Did it on 5/19. The gate is open now. 3.5 hr to the top and 1.5 hr down (started at 6:15am - first car in the parking lot). After Cathedral Lake, (all the way to the summit) the trail is useless - mostly covered with snow. Used crampons - going up the chute - didn’t need crampons after that. Did see a guy who successfully summited with no crampons and/or ice axe. Barely any people on the trail - nice views, no wind, warm.

Very hard hike, but the views are amazing!

Overall a really nice hike and the weather was perfect. It was as hard as I expected going up and easier than expected going down. Rocks are a bit hard on dog paws...my dog is still recovering and has a sore foot. Couldn’t beat the views and the weather was perfect.

Def all incline most of the way! The start and very end of hike were hardest for me! I got poles & they helped a lot! Worth the hike to the top!

Amazing views and gorgeous landscape. This hike is not to be underestimated and be ready for a cold and windy summit. We commented this just under 6.5h with a nice break at summit. Did the route counter clockwise. There was a spot just past devils backbone (possibly still part of it) that was so narrow (and steep fall down of that were to happen) that I had a rough time walking through it. I Did the wobbly knees, leaning towards the mountain walk of shame. Phew. I lived to tell!
It’s not an easy hike so just come prepared with water and snacks and layers and I highly recommend trekking poles for this one. Have fun and enjoy the view and clean up after your selfie;)

Great to take your dog here. Great hike and easy for kids.

Amazing views. very long hike on a very rocky and sometimes slippery trail. first and last parts were brutal, the first part also on the way down due to the strain on the knees (even with hiking poles). Are the views worth the pain? happy I did it, won't do it again.

hiking
3 days ago

did it on 5/13 Sunday. The last 2 miles is covered by deep snow, would be much easier with micro spikes. The view on the peak is absolutely stunning. I've been to other peaks like Mt Rose and Pyramid, but Mt Tallac is the best!

Completed this hike yesterday, having gone up the Ski Hut trail for the ascent and down Devil's Backbone for the descent. I took longer routes when available to add a bit more distance, making my hike 10.2 miles according to Google Earth when I imported the GPX file, though my GPS track showed 11.04 miles in all. Best of all I met some great people that I plan to hike with again.

Hiked to the top Saturday, May 12th. Had to walk to extra miles round trip to pass the barrier from the first parking lot to the actual trailhead. Started at 7:50 a.m., summited at 12:45 p.m. and finished around 3. This was our first time out on this trail so we weren't sure where the peak was and we lost track of the path when we started up this deep snow field. We clambered up loose rocks for a while and after consulting with GPS ended up back in the snow. Mountain boots/crampons/ice axe not necessary. We got by fine in solid hiking boots and lightweight pants. Glissading down the shallower hills was fun.

Parking lot can’t be reached, still snow and a downed tree. Put snowshoes to make better progress. Was hard to find the trail down from Round Top trail, slow going. A beautiful day, great hike.

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