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Great trail to start out with, went all the way down to the reservoir. My 8 month old pup enjoyed it.

hiking
2 hours ago

We did this trail May 23 and started around 11am. Parking was not bad at all and it took us about 4 hours to complete. Down in Stevens Gulch it was pretty muddy for about a mile. Not too much sun which was very nice. Super narrow trail so can’t really walk next to anyone. Will definitely do it again!

Great trail! One of my favs. Not many people hiking even for Memorial Day. Rocky path to start but dirt mostly after that. Lots of uphill climbs but nothing overly challenging. No shade, lake and beautiful surrounding mountain scenery. I didn’t see anyone biking this trail so not sure if that’s allowable here. Plenty of parking. Small entrance fee if you don’t have state park pass.

hiking
snow
2 hours ago

Gorgeous views and wasn’t crowded at all, but the wind was insane for the entire hike. Most of the trail was also covered in snow, but mostly packed down enough to not need spikes or crampons. Aside from trying to navigate some of the icier patches on the way down, the trail isn’t too challenging and is pretty short.

The path started out really lovely and then as you go further, I started to wish I had a hybrid or mountain bike lol. There were so many potholes, bumps, uneven terrain, etc. Not a huge issue for walking or biking except that it’s rough on road bikes. There were some beautiful features like a stream, bird houses and a butterfly garden. When no one was around you felt like you were alone in nature which was really nice. Some excellent bird watching as well with red tailed hawks all over. Van Cortland park/path was closed and had a huge gate up. Some people were going around on gravel or mountain bikes but they said there was nothing far beyond the fence. There were quite a few people but it didn’t feel as crowded as so many other paths do. Just a few clumps of people here and there. My fiancé and I did the 14.4 miles and back. We hadn’t realized it connected to the North County trail as we aren’t from the area. We agreed next time we would go North past Elmsford or take beefier bikes.

hiking
bugs
no shade
private property
2 hours ago

This hike was nice and had some pretty scenery. It was all pretty much uphill, steep. Which is most likely why it's labeled moderate. But, it was totally doable. There's some parts that are in direct sunlight, make sure to take water. At the beginning of the trail there's another trail on the right side that leads down to the creek - where there's some small pools to dip in. If you choose to keep walking up there's other spots that you can climb down to get to other little pools and waterfalls. Besides that it's just a dirt road. Definitely a nice little trip

Closed due to COVID. Beautiful area though.

hiking
icy
muddy
off trail
snow
2 hours ago

Awesome trail. Definitely a difficult one. Not easy to find either. Also after about 4 miles into the hike, there is still snow and you lose the trail and may have to turn around. I recommend waiting until the snow is gone to not be disappointed that you have to turn around after all the effort getting so far up and close to that amazing lake view. Not that this is rated as most difficult and not for beginners. It is 5 miles up and 5 miles down. But so worth it. Definitely going back when snow is melted and trail more clear.

hiking
2 hours ago

Beautiful easy hike and it was an amazing view! I loved it!

hiking
2 hours ago

This trail is completely full of ticks. Very overgrown. The markers are gone at the creek entrance so we weren’t sure where to go and unfortunately had to turn back.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 hours ago

Snow covered on Memorial Day - made it much more beautiful! My 8 year old also did it. Hiking shoes alone enough if you are frequent hiker. 360 degree views unbeatable.

Great trail. It’s about 8 miles round trip to the LOWER lakes. Gradual elevation. Took us about 4h ish.

This trail was amazing. Although it gets very steep and hard to maneuver close to the waterfall. But was definitely well worth it. Be careful with small children some narrow paths along the way.

Do not recommend for anyone younger than 10. Very steep in parts. A lot of the trail is rock wall on one side and steep drop on other side. Parts of trail is maybe 2ft wide. A little dangerous if you're not paying attention. Beautiful views, birds, wild flowers. I will come back without my children. Sadly we didn't finish because children got a little scared. Shouldn't be rated easy.

hiking
2 hours ago

This trail was beautiful. But very long and one of the hardest trails I’ve been on. The 4 miles there and back took us about 5 hours. We were exhausted, but it was beautiful. Easy trail access and is labeled for an easy find!

Heavily wooded, easy tracks and great views

I did this backpack trip over the memorial weekend. FYI, for day hikes no permits needed. For overnights a permit is required. Go to SGWA.org for the latest information. It’s a fantastic overnight hike with plenty of water at Dry Lake/Lodgepole camps. Pack it in, pack it out.

My third time here and I feel encouraged to add a second review. This experience was incredibly different from my previous experiences here. It was thundering and raining the entire time, which made this hike probably one of the most serene hikes I’ve ever done, even despite the gangs of giant horseflies trying to attack me the entire way. Just pick up a stick with some leaves on it and swat them away... nothing to it, but I can see why some people would let that ruin their experience. The canopies of the trees kept me from getting too wet, which I think is an awesome feature. Some trails have zero tree canopies directly over the trail. Therefore if it rains, you’re either hiking next to the trail to keep from getting wet or you’re getting wet. All in all, a moving experience for me.

Great views! Really enjoyed this trail although it was quite snowy/muddy. I didn’t use spikes but would suggest you bring them!

hiking
2 hours ago

Fairly easy trail, paved the entire way. Gorgeous waterfall at the end. Weekends are very busy on this trail, go on a week day if you can. Bring water, can be hot! 7.5+ miles round trip. Very little shade on this hike, the earlier you start the better!

Very nice one. You can actually enjoy the scenery while you hike instead of constantly watching your feet & the scenery on the journey is amazing. Easy enough to take the family in my opinion.

Amazing trail, it’s a easy hike with lots of nature and animals, parking is easy if you go early which is great, amazing overall

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