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Breathtaking peak! shaded for the most part. We hiked this trail with our 9 yo and 13 yo, they were beat but loved reaching the peak. Spotted a deer on the path and a couple of mormats. Beautiful wildflowers throughout the trail.

I took my 8 year old son and 64 year old father on this hike. It was a first time backpacking for both of them. They both made it and enjoyed it; though, this hike was a little harder than I expected it to be. My son carried his own pack with his sleeping bag and clothes. But he struggled a little. It was very steep going in towards the lake. Still, Heather and Emerald lakes are beautiful and we had a great time. On the hike out, my dad was already making plans for his next backpacking trip, and after In ‘N Out, my son was excited to hit the trail again, too. We all got eaten by mosquitoes pretty good on this trip, so if you have some kind of netting, I’d recommend getting taking it.

Getting the permit for overnight was easier than expected. We showed up at 6:55, doors opened at 7 and we were second in line and able to get a spot without any trouble.

Awesome trail with amazing views at the end! Highly recommend it!

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4 days ago

This hike was fairly challenging for someone who is used to living at sea level and could definitely have used some more time to acclimate to the climate and heat...but it was worth it. Hiked for what felt like forever and and soon as we got our first glimpse of the falls, we knew we had to finish it and touch that water. They are beautiful! After arriving at the falls, set up a spot on the rocks to take a break, have some snacks, rest, recharge, and enjoy before beginning the journey back.

To echo other recent reviews: minimal shade, need lots of water, two liters a piece at minimum and covered legs are a must. I was ok in a tank top but for those that don’t want to risk it while brushing up against over grown plants, long sleeves are a must too.

hiking
6 days ago

An amazing view. The hike feels more like 15 miles long. And it took about 8 hours in total including staying at the peak for about an hour. The last 2 miles going up is very tiring but it’s worth the view! Hiked it July 15. If I was to do it again I would do it maybe a month or two earlier in the year so maybe I can catch some snow in the mountains!

Nice trail. Leads to Hazelwood trail and more rock trail.

hiking
7 days ago

We used this trail to connect us from Moro Rock to Crescent Meadow. It was a hot, dusty trail and more dust was kicked up by all the people using the trail. Perhaps we will try again when it’s not blazing hot hiking along with all of the summer’s crowds.

Went here on June 23. I thought the weather was beautiful but the Northerners with me were a little too warm. Well-marked; you don't need a map to do this one. This is a trail I wouldn't hesitate to take with fit friends but depending I think the altitude and distance might be tough for some.

It's worth it though, the view is lovely at the top and on the way up. Bug spray is essential. Consumed 2L of water round trip, could have used more.

Beautiful with lots of wildflowers. Guard your stuff at the peak, the marmots will steal it and gnaw on it, including plastic and rubber. Start very early and bring lots of water.

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful trail, and we were the only ones on it. But even with long sleeves and bug spray, we were walking in a cloud of gnats, esp the first mile, which took a lot of enjoyment away, especially for my kids (6 and 10)

Also you really can't access the creek except at crossings as the embankment is pretty steep

Awesome hike with beautiful views. Hike was strenuous at times- especially not being used to the altitude. The marmots were very used to humans- one took a few bites out of my shoe! Bring mosquito repellent. I stayed the night and was able to enjoy peace and wake up to beautiful views of the lake.

Planning to come back and camp at the campground next year so we can enjoy all the little swimming holes along this trail.

It was perfect.

The earlier sections of this trail can be quite crowded, but it’s worth it to see the groves of giant sequoias! We did it in the late afternoon on a weekday in mid-Summer and there were some crowds, but the free shuttle bus between trail heads and the parking lots made it super easy to get around (if you’ve already hiked lots that morning like we had and don’t feel like hiking the whole way!).

This was a great day hike but I’d definitely recommend an early start to avoid the worst of the heat if you’re doing it in Summer, as more than half of the trail is in the full sun. We were prepared with plenty of water (2L per person for us), sunscreen, and insect repellent. Despite the heat we were both wearing long pants, which I would definitely recommend because of the scratchy burrs that kept attaching themselves to my pants (and would otherwise have been scratching my legs). It took us about 2 hours each way. It’s almost all uphill on the way in and then almost all downhill on the way out, which is exactly how I like to hike :-) We saw a deer on the trail, and some hikers behind us also saw a rattlesnake. Some parts of the trail require caution, for example at some parts near the falls the trail is eroding away a bit, and on those bits I’d rate it as hard, not just moderate. But overall we really enjoyed this hike.

Bring a bug net when hiking in the summer, trail on Elizabeth pass may be covered in snow. Doable in 4 days

hiking
17 days ago

We hiked this trail out to “Admiration Point”. That point is amazing, the trail to it much less so. The trailhead is a small turnout 2.2 miles back from the Crystal Cave parking. It’s not marked and easy to miss. The trail from there and the first 2 miles is on a former entrance road, you’ll see small patches of asphalt along the way. The spur trail to the point has been improved recently and in much better shape than the old road. See my recording.

Dope trail not to hard but challenging

hiking
18 days ago

Pros:
- Great views of the valleys and trees.
- You can hear the river/falls for probably half the trail.
- Not very crowded.
- Plenty of shaded resting areas at the end of the trail.
- Great for a day hike.

Cons:
- The trail is very narrow. It's difficult to pass people coming the opposite direction.
- Plants are growing into the trail, and if you're wearing shorts, you will get scratched up.
- I would not recommend this in the summer! I went yesterday and it was way too hot. At least half the trail does not have shade. Because of the heat, there were a decent amount of bugs. I stood under the mini waterfall at the end to cool off, and it was so hot that I was completely dry in about 20 minutes. I hiked this trail last November too, and enjoyed it much better then.

hiking
18 days ago

I loved this trail!! There were so many bugs and mosquitoes so taking bug spray is a must!!! The end of the trail is amazing, their is so many ladybugs, it was pretty cool seeing that.... overall pretty good trail. The only thing i wanna say is, when driving up to the the trailhead like the last 2 miles in order to get their you gotta drive through this unpaved road and its pretty rocky!!! I don’t advice to take a low vehicle

Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

The hike is more like 15.25 miles. The last 2 miles is a killer but worth the views. My wife and I used this hike to prepare for Half Dome due to the elevation gains and over-all altitude. I drank 3 litters and 2 16 ounce filtered water. My wife drank 2 litters and 2 16 ounce filtered water. There is plenty of water. Take Jolly Ranchers candy to help with altitude.

Do not recommend this during high noon, to older folks or pets. Very exposed to sun and lots of jagged sharp rocks at the top. View is wonderful though with many pools along the way you can wade in.

Wonderful little hike! It was pretty easy. It had great views the entire way and the climb was gradual. The waterfall was beautiful, but we went when it was foggy and cold so much of the view was obstructed. I’m sure it’s even more gorgeous on a sunny day. All in all, I’d highly recommend it! I’ll definitely be back! We hiked it Memorial Day Weekend 2018.

hiking
20 days ago

My least favorite hike ever. Little to no shade along the trail. The trail is incredibly narrow and hugged a cliff. Spider and who knows what else infested bushes that rub up against your leg. We probably only made it about a mile before bolting back to our car. Two of our friends made it to the end and they did not seem to enjoy it either. They said the waterfall wasn’t worth it. If you do decide to do it, bring a LOT of water because it can get hot there (especially in the summer). I wouldn’t waste your time on this one. There are so many other amazing hikes in Sequoia! We hiked it July 2017.

Really pretty lake with great fishing. The marmots were relentless at taking whatever they could when our backs were turned.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing hike! The last 2 miles are definitely what make this one hard. The last push to the peak is slow moving due to all the climbing. Well worth the effort though as the views are amazing. Just down from the peak is a set of rocks where you can have lunch with a view of the 3 lakes down below. Start early to beat the crowds!

Super easy

This is a short beautiful trail through the forest. There’s paved walkways which makes it a very easy stroll. Beautiful trees and meadow. Highly recommend.

hiking
26 days ago

Moderate hike with mild elevation gain. The hike is mostly on a narrow trail with dried pokey plants on either side. At times I had wished I had worn pants since my shins were rubbing up on all the plants. Meeting hikers can be semi frustrating when trying to get by one another on the trail. The trail has some nice views and I actually came across a deer having breakfast just off the path before it wondered off into the brush. I also came across a rattlesnake on my way back to camp when it was sunbathing in the 90 degree sun. Marble Falls is lovely and I had to put my sunglasses on because of the bright white reflecting back me. Not too many people in the morning probably due to the hot weather. The trail has some portions of shade but is mostly out in the sun but bring plenty of water if you are hiking this on a hot day. I brought my water filter so I could refill at the falls and dipped my shirt in the water to keep cool on my way back. I was completely dry by the time I was back at camp an hour and half later.

hiking
28 days ago

I did this hike on Monday 6 18, 2018. weather is nice in the mid-70s sunshine. there was a few people up there I saw Maybe 4 hikers on my loop around hump and back down Watchtower. saw only two people at Heather Lake. mosquitoes at Heather Lake will not bad though they were hungry. it seems that the trout in the lake we're hungrier they were swimming around ravenously hopping up and grabbing the bugs off the surface.

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