hiking
8 hours ago

I love walking this trail. You get a mix of meadow and forest. Creeks, birds, crickets, and wildflowers. Easy walking trail

I hiked this trail on May 27th. The trailhead at Boreal was closed so instead parked at the Donner Summit rest stop. Recommend using your AllTrails app for navigation. Encountered several sections of snow up to three feet in depth and water from snow melt on the trail. Micro spikes not necessary, but mid top waterproof hiking boots recommended. Only saw two other people at Flora Lake going out and two pairs of hikers on the return. Hiked to Flora, Azalea and Angela Lakes. Angela Lake can be difficult to find the first time. At an intersection under the power lines, AllTrails directs you to the right around an unnamed lake, but go left on the well established trail through the trees. Angela Lake is a local water source so restricted from swimming.

hiking
13 hours ago

Great four mile loop for a quick run!

The road to Carr Lake Campground is now open. There was still patchy snow and water on the trail to Island Lake, but decent boots are all that was needed to avoid trouble. From Island Lake we went up the snow-free and dry ridge to Fall Creek Mountain for the best views of the immediate area and peaks as distant as Lassen, Tinker’s Knob and Granite Chief.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 day ago

A great trail to go on, but might be more of a “hard” difficulty. It has a lot of loose rock to go over, as well as a lot of snow near the top. The snow appears to be melting a lot and should be gone soon, though! Overall, worth it for the beautiful views.

The road to Carr Lake Campground is now open. There was still patchy snow and water on the trail to Island Lake, but decent boots are all that was needed to avoid trouble. From Island Lake we went up the snow-free and dry ridge to Fall Creek Mountain for the best views of the immediate area and peaks as distant as Lassen, Tinker’s Knob and Granite Chief.

Great hike for Memorial Day weekend. A few more people than I expected, but I guess that’s how it goes. Snow on the trail made it a bit more challenging, but overall it was easy/moderate and I look forward to going back with less snow in a few weeks.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Could not finish the hike as the trails were completely covered in snow making it hard to find the trail. You’re basically snow shoeing. This is rated as moderate but it should be hard. The first part is lose rocks and there’s two parts at the beginning that have lose rocks covered in snow, that are very narrow and on the side of the mountain making it quiet scary to pass. Definitely recommend some poles.

backpacking
snow
4 days ago

Gorgeous hike this weekend from Carr Lake to Island Lake. still big patches of snow but the trail was easy to follow. Many campsites with amazing lake views. There is lake access and would be a wonderful, easy day trip with an inflatable kayak. Definitely one of my favorites.

mountain biking
5 days ago

Really nice singletrack for the entire route, nothing very technical. Partially shaded. Significant climbs and descents, but they were always short. Love the changing scenery. Enjoyed it and would do again! I’m an intermediate mountain biker with moderate fitness and the whole route took me about 3 hours.

Trail still partially covered with snow but there are some good open stretches, especially lower down and on the ridges. Snow is soft and you can get by with just a good pair of boots and some poles.

backpacking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
5 days ago

Difficult to find the trail at spots because of the snow. Although, it was nice to see snow in late May.

A perfect hike for us with 4 kids ages 6 through 9. we went south to Rowton peak or Lola's lookout first which, given the snow cover, was a great option. on the way down from the peak we found some great sledging for the kids. the other way around would have been really very challenging due to snow.

hiking
icy
rocky
scramble
snow
6 days ago

You probably want to be in decent shape for this one. It’s steep and at high elevation so breathing can be difficult if you aren’t used to it. Fun hike in the snow but things can get bad quickly if you are not prepared. As of 5/24/2020 there was snow most of the way to the peak. Once you really start climbing, stay on the dirt trail. The snow is icy and slippery on the steep slope and someone could very easily slide down the entire hill or cause an avalanche. I tried to do the whole loop ending on PCT but once I got across the peaks I lost the trail. Lots of people hiking up with regular shoes. I highly recommend trail shoes or hiking boots, poles, and a map. You shoes will get wet!! The closer you get to the top, the more you are scrambling up rocks and they slide under you on the way down. Also saw some bear tracks in the mud.

hiking
no shade
6 days ago

Great for kids and families. Beautiful, mostly flat hike with beautiful meadows at the end.

Easy walk for the kids. Not an “amazing” view for the typical hikes and beauty for the area, but still fun to get out and about.

Very pretty but hard to follow trail which is why there is so much zig zag on our trail recording! Ha!

Tons of snow still, but a good amount of people hiking in just hiking boots. Had to make our own trail some of the way because of how heavy the snow was, but the views are incredible. One of my favorite hikes! Wear waterproof shoes, socks and pants right now, as we fell through the snow a lot.

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