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hiking
9 hours ago

hiking
14 hours ago

My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this hike! Remember to get a (free) day pass so that you can hike to Eagle Lake/Desolation Wilderness. We took the trail right and headed towards the vista point first. We then retraced our steps back to the trail and continued to the Lake. The lake was gorgeous! Cold from melting mountain snow but nice. Retrace again to continue the loop. You get some great views of the mountains and a few waterfalls along the way.
I wasn't happy about the plastic water bottles in hard-to-reach places so please, no more plastic bottles! If you take it with you, bring it back out of the park!

A lot of family's hiking this trail. Overall great experience and great views.

Beautiful hike to the waterfall, there is a lot of water flowing right now! Amazing views of Emerald Bay! We went early before the crowds, if go after 10am expect tons of people and difficulty parking!

Beautiful hike and lake, and there is still a few patches of snow!!!

hiking
1 day ago

What a hike! Snow the entire second half which slowed me down but didn't stop me! The 360 degree view from the top has to be one of the worlds bests.

hiking
2 days ago

Get there early if you want to park! We intended to park two cars (one at DL Bliss and one at Vikingsholm) so that we only had to hike one way but ended up doing an out and back from the DL Bliss Visitor Station. Nevertheless, it was an awesome day and the hike was a good challenge and manageable. We rented kayaks at Vikingsholm to explore the island in Emerald Bay. Views were gorgeous, water was stunning, highly recommended. Pack lunch or lots of snacks.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a very tough hike for me, but I did it and it was worth the climb. I wouldn't do it again, but glad I did it once!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Lots of water on the trail so wear footwear that's appropriate. Lots of flowers and butterflies, shaded most of the time, terrific scenery. Make sure you don't miss the waterfalls at the lake, turn right and follow side trail along the lake. You'll hear it as you get closer.

Beautiful hike along a waterfall runoff. The end result at Eagle Lake is amazing and peaceful.

backpacking
3 days ago

Still very snowy above ~7500 ft and the lake is ~90% frozen, so getting there for the next month or so is likely to require snow shoes and some navigation. Also a pretty big creek crossing to tend with about three miles in. Worth the views and seclusion if you go in prepared though!

backpacking
3 days ago

Did a 2 day overnight 6/16-17. Beautiful but expect to find plenty of snow on your hike. The hike is 100% snow from the end of upper echo lake on. Highly suggest a GPS unless you know the area well, the trail can be tough to find at times. The snow does make it pretty easy to adventure off to the different lakes around.

Camped in the middle of Lake Aloha on a little island since it's completely frozen, highly recommend if you can handle the snow!

This is a great trail to run/hike/bike. Streams are high right now, so, beware of any crossings and take extreme caution with children.

If you are hiking or running, I suggest earlier in the morning and keep your ears open for Mtn. Bikers which thicken as the day goes on. There are a few switchbacks and technical sections for bikers where it's more difficult to share the moderately trafficked trail, so it's best to be prepared for that in advance.

Lots of sporadic shade and near the creek the entire route. Beautiful.