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Great hike! Took the kiddos and the pup and it was amazing!

The first mile definitely made me question my life decisions. You gain 1000 feet of elevation immediately in the hike. After that, the hike takes you exploring through the creek and ends up at an amazing cave. Make sure to bring flashlights, as you could spend hours exploring.

Did this hike 2nd week in October. Some snow on the ground once you reach Summit Lake. Took a wrong turn at the junction past Summit Lake and accidentally added about a mile before consulting map and realizing mistake. Didn’t make it to Maggie in time so ended up camping 1st night at Twin Lakes where we saw 2 structured fire pits. Trail from Twin Lakes to Maggie can be difficult to spot at time so we consulted the map quite often. There’s about 10+ camping sites at lower Maggie. Recommend downloading the AllTrails map if taking this route as opposed to the easier to follow Summit Trail. Great views, worth the trek!!!!

I’m ok shape, middle age, 20 lb pack. Got to Summit Trailhead at 2:00 Friday. Camped about 2 miles from Lakes at 5:00. Saturday hiked around all three lakes and back to car by 3:00.

Middle Lake is prettiest. Some snow, a few hunters. Very similar to Dinkey, Cliff and Jenny Lakes, but no other people.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views. Short and challenging hike, We stopped several times to enjoy the view. Came early and greeted with several groups coming up on our way down. The 3 miles drive FS21S05 was unpaved road to the parking lot.

Hard trail straight up the first mile or so... when you get by the creek it is gorgeous. You kinda loose the trail a little with down trees and depending on how much water is in the creek. The cave is small but awesome. We were the only group on the trail. Their is a lot of poison ivy along the trail. And the trail is narrow.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike with the Kern Valley Hiking Club, and had a great time. The ferns were out, and the Sequoias were fantastic. We visited the Jordan Peak Lookout afterwards.

15 yrs ago, at the age of 53, hiked to this cave with my son. We came in off a trail from Sherman Pass Rd where we parked on a dirt road near Brush Crk. The July hike was moderately easy with 3 passes to go over, and we had our camel packs to keep us hydrated. Seems to me that the trail shown on your map is more strenuous than the trail we took. Saw tracks from mountain lions and wild turkeys. Of course the cave was awesome and well worth the journey.

hiking
2 months ago

A quiet hike to a classic climbing spot. Bring your own water.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, good for weekend warriors to cut their teeth on a trail with varying levels of inclination. Bring lots of water and get ready for 3 hours of amazing hours. Lots of shady spots to take a break - take your time and buckle up for the last quarter mile to lookout gate. Stunning!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike and well shaded. I started at the bottom at Freeman grove off of Lloyd Meadow Rd and hiked up then came back down. There is a great rock about 1.25 miles from the top near one of the bridges that overlooks the creek that is a perfect place to stop for lunch.

backpacking
3 months ago

Pretty nice hike. Drove up Friday night and slept maybe a mile before the trailhead. The road getting to the trailhead was rougher than I expected. Some decent sized rocks. I saw a sedan at the trailhead so I guess any car could make it, but there was a piece of a broken off skid plate from a car up there too. We left Saturday morning and it took us about 5 hours to get there. It’s mostly shaded and the trail is well defined. Some meadows and flowers. The lakes are very pretty plenty of good campsites. The upper lake reminded me of something out of a fairy tale. It’s small with a tiny island and a single funny looking tree. We stayed the night and made it back in 4.5 hours. Overall it’s a really nice hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Great little hike for trail running and families. The views are worth the trek throughout. Bring plenty of water.

Pretty awesome hike. Take lots of water and light snacks. Make sure to stop in ponderosa for a beer when you leave! I always go past the gates and get on the top of the hill as well. There is a marker on the top of the hill w amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike isn’t hard but it is a little steep in spots. We saw a rattlesnake just 10ft or so from the trailhead so keep an eye out. Crosses the river a few times with very pretty scenery. Sequoias and ferns more dense as the trail goes on. There were a lot of mosquitos, we all had repellent but still left with a few bites.

Nice hike! We did it about a month ago and despite the altitude it was still quite warm. It took us about three hours, could have been done faster but we stopped quite a lot to let my daughter's dog rest his paws, not for me to catch my breath

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a glute buster to start, but pretty amazing to change through so many biomes. A head lamp will help for cave exploration and definitely fill your camel pack full of ice because it gets warm!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing trail. We camped across the street the night before. Started at 630 a.m. The hike up to the top of the main ridge was steep but was in shade the whole way up. The trees and creek were a nice change of scenery. There was a camping spot before the final push up to the cave. It was 100 degrees that day and the trek down was hell. Bring something to replace your electrolytes if you're hiking in the heat. We went through a ton of water. The Kern River offers a nice way to cool off when you're done.

Thus trail is a little strenuous but very impressive. Some steep open hot sections and some creek side shady sections. Scenery very impressive. Easy to get to. .

hiking
4 months ago

Quite a nice trail, I enjoyed it more than the Trail of 100 Giants as this trail provided more shade and changes in scenery as the trail winds over the creeks. We started our hike around 10am and I would recommend starting no later, as the overhead sun was quite harsh on the way back at 1pm. The morning shade was very pleasant, and made the gradual elevation gain easier. I thought at only 900feet gain over 2.6 miles this would be too easy if a hike, but it was perfect for a hot summer day! I highly recommend hiking this trail with a GRAYL water filtration bottle, as there are so many running streams to fill up at and stay hydrated!

This cave was awesome! one of the coolest things I have seen on a hike.

hiking
4 months ago

I came across this trail when I saw the cave marked on a map. I definitely had to take this as an opportunity to see the cave! It was worth the trek but be sure to leave early in the morning because it gets hot and there’s not a whole lot of shade. The views are great throughout and when you get by the creek you can really soak up your bandana to keep cool. I took my dog on this trail and he loved it. Be sure to bring lots of water- i drank nearly 3 liters the whole way! Coconut water was a nice thing to carry.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and sweet due to huge views of the high Sierras in the distant east. The old lookout is gone but the stairway acts as its bones, a reminder of a romantic past when hardy rangers would stand watch over our forests. I hiked with my dog and he seemed to enjoy himself. The trail head has a toilet and nearby are some picnic tables and a few level campsites. I saw several children on the trail who were smiling which is always a good sign.

hiking
4 months ago

Very beautiful in June. Many Giant Sequoias, butterflies, gatherings of ladybugs. Hiked with my seven year old granddaughter and she had a fabulous time exploring the shallow stream. Lots to see if one takes it slow. Many shady areas due to the wide variety of trees.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was amazing at every step~! So much to admire and the sequoia trees are the icing on the cake~!! I do suggest you arm yourself and your furry hiker(s) with LOTS of bug spray—the amount of mosquitoes on the trail was bad and annoying at times. Otherwise, what a gem of a trail~!

This trail is great for beginners to test their skills and see if hiking is meant for them. The trail is easy to complete but has everything you would see on moderate trails in a short package.

hiking
5 months ago

Had so much fun on this trail with my dog! Lots of creeks and gorgeous ferns and sequoias! My dog had fun splashing through the water while I tried to balance on the bridges. Very simple hike! Some spots where there isn’t shade it gets very hot! The trail head was a little confusing for us to find at first, but once we did the trail was easy to follow!

My girlfriend and I hiked this trail in a two day backpacking trip. We camped out at Shake Camp before leaving for the first day ($15/night, self-pay station) and then left for Maggie Lakes the next day for the trailhead. You follow the trail to Summit Lake for the first part (mostly all uphill) and then go right around the lake once you reach the top (otherwise you have to go all the way around the lake). The pass is absolutely breathtaking. Definitely stop and explore for a little while there if you can. The trail then heads downhill until Maggie. Once you hit Twin Lakes, the trail is difficult to follow and there are a lot of downed trees you have to climb over. Twin Lakes is beautiful and so is Maggie. The trail is basically deserted. Be aware that you need a permit for Golden Trout wilderness (through Sequoia National Forest) and a permit to use a stove. Definitely bring some insect repellent, there are a lot of mosquitoes.

hiking
5 months ago

To find the trailhead, drive down the Needles Road for 3 miles until the road deadends at a campsite, parking lot and outhouse. We thought we were maybe going the wrong way, but yep, just keep driving til you can't drive no more. We made it in a Kia Sorento, but there were sudans there that seemed to have bad the trip just fine.

It took my dad and my small terrier -mix 3 hours to finish the hike, and I think the terrier had the worst of it. Dogs are allowed on the trail, but I might not recommend bringing them, as my dog is still licking his paws four hours later.

The uphill parts were brutal in some places, but the absolutely worst part was the staircase at the end. I'm actually unsure if you're even supposed to go on the staircase - as many people have mentioned, the tower is closed (burnt down) and when you make it to the top of the staircase, the last few steps are missing! I carried my dog up the staircase, got nervous about the height and turned back. but the second set of stairs took my breath away (maybe it was the combo of the altitude, adding another 12 lbs to my weight by carrying the dog, and the stairs that did it). The view was beautiful (although terrifying)!

Saw a rattlesnake on the way back, so pay attention to your surroundings.

Bring lots of water. Flashlight is a must. Walking back is way better than walking there!!

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