hiking
blowdown
10 hours ago

That was fun. I don’t think the effort to get there is worth a single night, I’m glad we did two nights with a scramble up Maggie Peak on our day off. The trail is well marked but not well maintained. You won’t get lost but there’s a lot of downed timber you have to scramble around and other places where there doesn’t seem to be a trail at all, just carins. Lots of camp sites at lake #1 and two large ones at lake #3. Lake #2 has the nicest spot with a view out over lake #1 and a tent site that someone spent a lot of time on. We saw a lot of 12” trout in lake #2 and not a single fish in lake #3. We did find a fishing pole at lake #3 broken in half which might confirm the absence of fish. Plenty of water along the way and few bugs at this point. It was a pretty spot but i can’t give it 5 stars as long as places like the The Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River occupy the same rating system and mountain range. I laughed at the 1 star rating about false peaks, after living it I see the point. Lol. A thunderstorm trashed us for about an hour with heavy rain, thunder and hail one afternoon but we waited it out in the tent and had pure blue sky’s by sunset. We camped at lake #3, if you like to sleep to the sound of frogs that’s your spot. It’s a natural amphitheater and they went all night. It was awesome.

Road getting to the Trailhead is a one-way road and pretty rocky, drive slow and prepare to pull off if others are driving towards you. Trail is easy and shaded going out the the lookout for most of the trip. once you hit the switchbacks going up to the stairs it gets hard to climb and may require some stopping to catch your breath. the stairs look unsteady but are in great condition. we had a fighter jet do training fly bys over our heads while at the top. it's about a 4.42 roundtrip, out and back. great views!!

05-27-2020 The road is open to the trail head. Fabulous hike. Clear. 71 degrees. Top notch views of Sierra Peaks.

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail ! make sure after you park on the side of the road, you walk across a narrow wooden makeshift bridge that has a sign that says wishbone redwood . Its between two private roads I accidentally walked into both those roads looking for the trail haha. I took my two weenie dogs and they were able to walk along it to go through the trail!

Great hike - lots of up and down. Some rocky areas, lots of shade and lots of sun, some downed trees to navigate over or under. It was moderate difficult, we took lots of rest breaks - the 8000ft elevation made it a little harder. We startled a medium sized black bear as we drove towards the trailhead Didn’t see any snakes although they’re around this time of year. The stairs at the end of the trail are quite steep and the fire lookout is long gone (ironically burned down in 2011). I’m 37, my dad’s 65 and I brought my 2 large breed dogs - everybody did great! Temps were 50-75 from 9:30am-1pm.

backpacking
11 days ago

Backpacked 05/26/20 - 05/28/20. Camped 2 nights at Mowery Meadow, about halfway to Maggie Lakes. Trail was generally in good shape, but be prepared to do some trail finding due to snow patches, downed trees and rocky terrain. Look for boot prints and rock cairns. We really felt the elevation, too. Bugs were out, but not the biting type. Overall, beautiful and diverse scenery, and challenging but fun hike,

hiking
no shade
12 days ago

Did this trail as a sunset hike so we headed up the trail an 1 hour before sunset. Some flats but mostly steep climbs. Amazing views! Great work out for the avid and advanced hiker. My 7 year old son did great on this hike. My dogs loved it. You will need bug / mosquito spray. Watch your step, rattle snakes are out! This trail would be great during March and April months for all the wildflowers.

hiking
12 days ago

My happy place except when Memorial Day people are there. Very secluded but well maintained trail. Beautiful views of the Needles and Sequoias.

backpacking
13 days ago

This is a great easy-moderate hike. A group of us, of all different skill levels, backpacked in for Memorial Day weekend 2020 (May 23-25). The "trailhead" actually starts about .2 miles from the trailhead listed on AllTrails. The current point starts at the road leading to the trailhead. We camped right next to the trailhead the night before (cold night even in May @ 7,000+ feet) and headed out the next morning—super easy and free. The hike down is super easy...we thought we were only going to hike 2 miles then set up camp, but we made it all the way to the George Bush tree before we knew it. There are many amazing camping spots along the creek. We explored it for a full day and found some swimming holes you could submerge your whole body in...but these big ones were few. It was nice and tranquil. We didn't see a lot of people—I would say the amount of people on the trail was moderate. There's a parking lot near the George Bush tree that takes about 1.5-hours longer to get to, but we did see some people with family's coming from that direction. There were no bugs or animals to speak of. The hike out wasn't as strenuous as I had read in the reviews before. If you get tired, just take a water break and you'll be out before you know it. Enjoy!

hiking
13 days ago

Filmed a quick guide youtube.com/watch?v=lQJKrZtHW18 Points of interest are the numerous Sequoia Giants and the "Wishbone Tree."

walking
rocky
13 days ago

went today with the family. beautiful and totally worth it! we had a dog and a 7 year old who both made it. very narrow single lane dirt road approx 2-3 miles long to get to trail head. great views the whole way! we loved it!

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked this trail yesterday and I really enjoyed it. I went in and out from the top of the trail down. I didn't know there were Giant Sequoias south of the General Sherman, so that was nice to see. I would definitely dress layers as temperature and conditions changed quick. There are a lot of rotten trees in the area and on our way back, we heard one of them crash into the ground from a distance. So, I'd be advised on a windy day.

Beautiful meadows got me feeling like little bunny foo foo. There are some beautiful mossy boulders and trees feeling all sorts of extra fuzzy with all the moss. The sounds of flowing water wasn't so much a cacophony, rather a smooth, trickly chorus, like a sea of tiny marbles rolling down a shallow hill. #PoppiesinOctober

hiking
no shade
16 days ago

This trail is a great one. There’s a gate right before you start the trail. You walk through it. Then begin the climb. The first leg of the trial is steep. You’ll get to a second gate along the way that tells you to go through the fence and not over it. Once you’ve crossed that gate you’re on your way to get through the trail. Pretty steep all the way up. Once you get to the top you will see what looks like a dam. You can climb up and walk through an opening to go back up the mountain. Once on this path you can walk on the wooden bridge that can be seen as you get closer to the top. I went with 4 people and it took us about an hour to get up to the top. Coming down is fast took us about 25 mins. Overall very fun and relaxing hike. I’d recommend starting early, less traffic. At about 9am on our descend we saw the trail begin to populate with more people.

hiking
rocky
19 days ago

The trail to get up to the flumes is very steep but beautiful! The trail along the flume is amazing! The views are fantastic and it was so worth the climb!!!! Be careful though some of the boards are loose!

Had a difficult time finding the start of the trail. It was well groomed easy trail with pretty views.

Road to trailhead is closed but you can hike from the turnoff and it becomes about a 10 mile round trip instead. Still highly worth it.

hiking
27 days ago

Trail is nice and well maintained. I mapped the trail to a little more than 10 miles. The first half is easy because it’s all downhill. Uphill all the way back. Redwoods are beautiful. Biggest cluster is about 3-4 miles in. The President Bush tree is 4 miles in. Not much to see beyond that.

hiking
no shade
28 days ago

Steep trail! Great scenery and a good workout but would not say it is for beginners. Hiked it in the afternoon in late spring and it was very warm with limited shade.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
28 days ago

hiking
no shade
washed out
1 month ago

fantastic workout- steep uphill the entire way up until you hit the flumes which then wrap around the hill and continue for a good ways. flume was broken at two points although not impassable. first break had a trail on the hillside you could follow. didn’t pass the second washout section personally but did see some creative kids find a way across safely. turned a 3 mi hike into a 6 mi hike by just walking along the flumes.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

- Really slippery on the way down, wear proper shoes - difficult hike on the way up (I’m athletic and I found it difficult), but great workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Took the family to this trail today. Great hike, steep thou. Majority of the trail is uphill. Took our kids 10, 7, & 5 and made it 90% of the way before they were “worn out”. Not a lot of shade, so go early. Still open as of 4/25/20.

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