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I tried to do this loop today- unsuccessfully. This trail was moderately well maintained- but incredibly poorly marked. Once I got away from the camp Ground I had to just trust my gut in determining which forks of the trail to take.

I started from just east of the camp ground trail head. I headed west around the lake. About two and a half miles around the lake. the trail just ends at the Fallen Leaf fire department. After walking through a few private lots trying trying to pick the trail up again, I was redirected to road. Again, there were no markers so I just had to guess where to go. About half a mile down Cathedral Road I took the fork closest to the shore line on to Roatini (sp?). The trail looked like it picks up again, unfortunately I was quickly met with a sign that said "trail not maintained for public use." So I just turned around.

I would totally do this hike again- it was so pretty and there was a lot of shade. I wouldn't do it again alone, and would first stop by a ranger station to talk about how best to navigate the trail.

This is was an amazing hike. I couldn't have done it without referring to the downloaded map, as some sections were hard to follow. But I referred to the map often & it kept me on track. The hike was beautiful. Got my heart rate up in spots but overall was not too strenuous. Realize a couple of miles in that I forgot snacks, so I was very happy when I walked through stanford's sierra camp & got ice cream. Also saw lots of good birds - ospreys, chickadees, warblers, grouse, robins, jays, common mergansers. I recommend doing it counterclockwise from the start point. It was nice to be in the wilderness first and then on the roads. The only tricky spot is where it shows you to go on a road that is marked private. Do it - you are on a trail again soon. The last mile is hard to follow, just follow the line and stick close to the water and you will see a primitive trail. It's there! Hope to come back and do this again sometime.

Note to Elyse (above): next time follow the map exactly. Follow the red line. You can keep going when you see the "trail not maintained for public use." It's still okay to go, you will just have a couple rough spots on the trail. It's doable!

Great day hike. It took us 6 hours round trip with plenty of stops. Started late around 9am but the trail wasn't too packed. We stopped at Cathedral Lake for a quick snack and then had plenty of stops once we hit the rocks on the way up. Elevation was a little rough (we are from sea level). 3 liters of water was enough, but I'd recommend electrolytes on a warm day. Beautiful views the whole trail.

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1 day ago

The views are amazing all the way up. I started at 5:30am and reached the summit about 7:30am. I would recommend going early to get a good parking spot and also hike when it's cooler. There will also be less people at the summit once you get there. When I hiked out there were lots of people coming in and cars parked on both sides of the road.

It's an incredibly beautiful hike, but you should make sure to have plenty of water and energy snacks

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2 days ago

Amazing view, lots of traffic so best to hit early

Amazing hike!!! My GPS map says almost 12 miles. Make sure bring plenty of water or water filter. Definitely one of my favorite hike.

Beautiful hike! Every step gives you breathtaking views. The summit surely makes you feel on top of the world. Bring hiking shoes !

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4 days ago

We hiked Mt. Tallac yesterday and have hiked this rugged monster several times in previous years. It definitely is humbling for me anyway. That's what I love about it!

Round Lake is gorgeous in mid-afternoon. At the beach where the trail meets the lake, we saw chipmunks, dragonflies, and a few humans at the far end of the lake. As Madame says, turning right at that point will show you more lovely views, including a cove with the world's cutest island. Turning left, you soon see some hefty rocks that must have fallen from the cliff above.

Wide variety of plants both at the lake and on the trail. Big Meadow is probably better in early summer. Trail is mostly shaded except for Big Meadow and Round Lake.

We met several dogs and one mountain biker. Horses had been there too. My teenagers handled the climb from CA 89 to Big Meadow slightly better than I did; we used almost a quart of water per person. Construction work on that part of CA 89 finished while we were hiking!

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5 days ago

Amazing views! So worth the hike. Start early in the morning if you want to make the summit.

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6 days ago