hiking
1 day ago

Really fun hike we didn’t get to complete the whole thing but had a great time. Some muddy spots but nothing to worry about.

hiking
1 day ago

Corral to Sidewinder to Cedar

hiking
flooded
snow
2 days ago

This is a beautiful trail. We went out on Saturday (May 23rd) and hiked from the parking lot to Ralston Peak as an out and back. I love this trail however, right now the majority of the trail is running water and once you get past that, it’s all snow. The last 2.5 miles from the trail up to Ralston was complete snow coverage but pretty easy to follow the foot prints to the summit. The running water can get tiresome. By the time I got back to the parking lot both boots and socks were soaked. Echo Lakes are gorgeous right now and Tamarack is still frozen over. If you push on, Lake in the Woods is also still frozen and the views are unreal right now. Definitely recommend doing it just be aware you’ll be dealing with the snow and run off the majority of the trail.

backpacking
muddy
2 days ago

Camped here about a week ago, beautiful hike to the lake. not very many places to set up camp so get here early. we got rained on in the morning and the whole hike back to the car but that's part of the fun! lowest elevation lake in desolation so barely any snow at the time I went. this was my 2nd time camping here, first time I went off trail and camped on the opposite side of the lake from the trail. would recommend for early season/spring backpacking.

hiking
rocky
snow
3 days ago

Overall, I truly enjoyed this hike. It gave great views and the overall elevation was not very strenuous ( we had a 9 and 13 year old with us and they hung in there). A little past mile 3, it was a little difficult to find the trail due to the snow conditions. I definitely recommend downloading the map before you hike this trail. It definitely helped knowing how far off the trail we got when the conditions were quite snowed over. Also, for the current trail conditions, have a solid pair of waterproof hiking boots. This saved my feet and I was not miserable. A good pair of hiking boots will also help with the rocky terrain. Bats of luck and enjoy the views.

My wife and I completed this trail today, 24 May 2020. It was perfect! It was a nice and steady climb out of Echo Lake to above Tamarack Lake. Tamarack was still mostly frozen over, but both Upper and Lower Echo Lakes were ice free. Above Tamarack, there was some snow up and over the ridge into Lake of the Woods, but it wasn’t bad at all. It was heavily packed and there is a good trail of tracks so it’s difficult to lose the trail. Lake of the Woods was also still mostly frozen over, but the ice is receding from the shore. All in all, it was gorgeous with perfect conditions. Will do this trail again and again.

hiking
rocky
3 days ago

great hike. relatively flat, but kinda rocky. certainly nothing too difficult at all, and the hike has a nonstop great view of echo lake. an awesome trail!

hiking
4 days ago

Fun and clean trail! Except for there are a lot of people so you’ve been warned. Got knee problems? I’m here are a lot of steps going up so that’s something to think about before going on your adventure. Beautiful sight so overall worth it and definitely recommend.

just a great trail with great lakes and beautiful scenery. what more can you ask for

backpacking
5 days ago

Just returned from a beautiful weekend at Grass Lake. Don't be discouraged by a few of the negative reviews below! This is a perfect one nighter or weekender for backpackers. We only saw a handful of good campsites so definitely try to arrive early (and the packing lot can fill quickly). If you are the first to arrive there is an awesome open area to set up camp at the very end of the trail. The trail up to Grass Lake is entirely clear of snow. We day hiked up to Aloha and ran into deep snow around 7600ft (approach to Susie Lake).

Was an amazing sightseeing experience for beginners.

I'm new(ish) to the area for summer hiking. Upon a recommendation from workmates, started at Big Meadow Trail head with boyfriend and doggo for a birthday hike on the eve of Memorial Day Weekend. Phenomenal hike. Could not recommend more. Moderate hike, out and back with steady elevation gains. Meadow views, valley views, and the lake is breathtaking; pictures don't do it justice. Snowy patches, but I hiked this in shorts with no problem. This trail is now the site where we GOT ENGAGED! These trails will forever be a part of our story <3 Started around 0900, only a a few people on the way back to the trailhead. Highly recommend.

Amazing hike. Didn't see another soul the entire hike back from the lake. There was patchy snow from the meadow to about half a mile from the lake and then the trail was totally covered. The snow is melting fast-and I mean there was a noticeable difference in the snow between the way up and the way back fast- so it should be ready for family hikes soon. It will still be a while before the high country melts out though, so the likelihood of an early summer up there is probably pretty small at this point. Probably around a late June start date for peak bagging if I had to guess.

Optimistically tried to attempt for Memorial Day weekend starting the afternoon of May 21st from Echo Lake. My sister in law drove me up and walked me in to the end of Lower Echo Lake where we had lunch on the big flat rock in the sun. She headed back and I moved on towards Lake Aloha. I had seen reviews to bring snow shoes for Lake Aloha and as I walked in a couple of different people coming back complimented me for taking them as they had to turn around due to significant post holing. About halfway to Lake Aloha, it was late afternoon and I strapped into my snowshoes. I definitely wouldn’t have made it there without it. Additionally, as there were no more footsteps to follow as everyone else turned around I had to rely heavily on my maps.me app on my phone to ensure I stayed relatively on the correct path through the trail. Lake Aloha was very desolate. Just me and lots of bear and cat prints. Despite it’s frozen beauty it was eery feeling and I decided to push on to a further camp site. As I hiked passed Heather and Susie Lake I was finally greeted with some rock trail and took the snow shoes off but met the snow again between Susie and Gilmore Lake. I setup camp near Gilmore lake around 7:30 p.m. Temperatures were cold and I should have thrown my rain pants and jacket on for an extra layer. I didn’t sleep much after seeing all of the animal prints in the snow but was undisturbed. Friday, I set off again in my snowshoes and an abysmal pace of 1 to 1.5 miles an hour having to frequently check my GPS to stay on course on my way up to Dick’s Pass. The snow was more frozen and stable and I did not cross any terrain that had me concerned about avalanches after the fresh snow the previous weekend. The top of the pass was so rewarding being able to have 360 degree views of the Upper Sierras and frozen lakes. I dropped down to Dick’s Lake and my Risk List started to grow. I postholed in snowshoes near a big boulder and had to dig myself out. Additionally, I used some snow bridges to cross some seasonal streams as I passed by Fontanillis Lake. Hiking by the Velma lakes was fairly uneventful and I had stretches of seeing the trail or being on snow. I resorted to just keeping my snowshoes on even when I could see the trail as the time to take them on and off would have slowed me down even further and the lovely noise on rocks made me feel better about scaring any large animals away. As I neared Phipps Creek a large seasonal creek appeared and I crossed it twice across log/snow bridges. I passed by Richardson Lake and still had daylight to burn so decided to continue on to Barker Pass for another camp site. And then I came upon my first true creek crossing at Miller Creek. I went up and down the creek looking for the best place to cross. Slow and deep or fast and shallow were my options. I finally picked a narrow, shallow, fast moving option and using my hiking pole for 3 points of contact. Safely side stepped across with water coming up to my knees. Risk list +1 again. At this point, I knew what I had to do if I turned around and that was not desirable so I decided to push on. I reached another seasonal creek and had to cross it by not only stepping across on boulders but hauling myself up and over leveraging strong tree branches and some upper body strength. I pushed on to find a flat camping spot on the way up to Barker Pass with mostly exposed trail through the snow and called it a day at 8:30 p.m. and setup camp with the last of the long day light. At this point, I decided my risk list was too long and it was time to make an exit strategy. I was pushing my luck with shoe shoe post-holing, heavy spring river crossings, having to navigate solely by my phone GPS and being a touch cold at night and now I had wet layers from the rivers. I had wanted to do a section hike and not a fully snowshoe expedition. I fortunately had an easy option to exit in 1.5 miles at Barker Pass and take Fire Road 3 down to Highway 89 to Lake Tahoe. When I woke up Saturday morning, my plans were solidified and I used my Garmin InReach to text my family for the early pickup. The 1.5 trail miles up to Barker Pass turned into 2.3 snowshoeing in the endless beautiful snowfields and I hike another 7 miles down to Highway 89 as the FR 3 is closed until June. The weather during my trip couldn’t have been better. Sunshine and a little wind. Upon arriving at Lake Tahoe I was greeted with more epic views and soaked up the warm sun while I waited for my sister in law to retrieve me. For future planning - If I see reviews that an overnight hike has any section that requires snowshoes I will postpone to a later date. For me snowshoeing is day trips only. I will return in July to finish the second half of the hike from Barker Pass to I-80 when the trail is snow free and the temps are higher. Gear wise - I would only change a few things. I felt very prepared with my camp gear, layers including vapor...

Beautiful hike as always, and what a difference a day makes! Following up from Zach's post, the snowfields approaching Dardanelles today are melting, minor, and easily traversed in hiking boots. The meadow is wet in the usual spring spots. Small fish are enjoying the afternoon sunshine under the bridge entering the meadow... enjoy!

Loved this trail, and dog friendly! We took the logging road up to the meadow and then down along the creek back to the trailhead. It only got a little confusing where the power line trail and the creek trail conjoin, so make sure to go downward when you come to the junction, not the ridge trail. Started early on a chilly November morning, and it was beautiful out.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
11 days ago

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

Definitely a trail worth doing while the toad is closed! A bit rocky on the trail and you need to keep an eye out for mountain bikers (although I don’t know I would want to do this trail on a mountain bike with all the loose rocks) You do go back and forth between the trail and the paved road. You could take the road the entire way at the moment as well since the road is closed. The view from the crest is beautiful on both sides. Tallac and fallen leaf lake on one Myers and the burn on the other. No snow on the trail at this point (05/15) although there is still a lot of snow around and above the lake! Dog friendly although as I said keep and eye out for mountain bikers

hiking
icy
rocky
12 days ago

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