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great hike. however definately bring snowshoes. Also saw a mountain lion on a trail so stay alert.

snowshoeing
17 days ago

Beautiful hike!!! We did it last week, and snowshoes were definitely necessary for the last half, and it was windy at the top. But the snow was deep and so much fun to snowshoe though.
Also, if you go in the winter, It's hard to see the trail through the snow towards the top. Stay to the right of the wooden fence after the metal gate. We just followed GPS.

on Loch Lomond Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful, if extremely windy, which made it a little miserable towards the top. Made it with yaktrax and regular hiking boots. Gorgeous views!

hiking
28 days ago

Great views! Made it fine with micro spikes on 1/27. Several places on the trail have been blown completely bare of snow. Very windy both times I’ve hiked this trail this winter.

camping
1 month ago

Rough Road getting to the top, but there was plenty of space for hiking and camping in a group!! Beautiful views, marmots on marmots, and great foliage!

hiking
1 month ago

I must say that hiking this trail in the snow proved to be very difficult, even with micro spikes. My wife and I made it all the way to the lake, but that was after a mile of knee deep snow. Needless to say, this hike is awesome. spectacular views and pretty rugged. I would like to hike it in the summer without the snow!

Beautiful hike. The parking would be more challenging if this hike was crowded. No crowds today. The snow is packed and the wind has blown it down to gravel in some sections. Once you get past the second gate you will need snowshoes. It is doable without snowshoes but prepare to post hole. Once you get to the clearing judt past the fence the trail seems to disappear. stay to your right and go up past the grove of trees. You will see the markers soon again. Follow tge markers to the lake.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful road, well maintained, stick to the inside if heights scare you. Nice views.

hiking
1 month ago

Went up in the truck to 4 wheel it and gaste was closed. Decided to hike a little ways and if you break off the trail to the left as soon as you start you can hike along the stream with several small falls. Almost everything was froze over but still pretty.

1 month ago

Snowshoes were useful on the upper portion but one of us just had microspikes and was fine. Lovely scenery. A little windy but still great! Lost the trail briefly near the top but pretty obvious most of the way.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

A beautiful area, popular with snowmobilers, which limits the enjoyment for snowshoers like us, and the number of cross-country skiers we saw, but everyone was sharing the road on this busy Saturday.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was good for the most part. Packed trail, snow shoes not needed for first 2/3 of trail. After last gate. About 3/4 mile to 1 mike left to lake snowshoes are nice to have as packed trail goes away.

Windy and blown off top snow but still beautiful little trek!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, but lots of snow in spots now. Snowshoes would be a good idea.

off road driving
2 months ago

Great area for Off-roading good spot for kids ATVs UTV s

It was neat to see the old mine shafts other then that it was just a dirt road

off road driving
2 months ago

Drove it 12/20/17. Fun and challenging drive through the woods. Lots of terrain variety, steep climbs, and beautiful views. Drove it in stock Jeep Sahara, will need a spotter for about a dozen spots. Snow was minimal on the trail, if there is more/moderate snow levels I would NOT recommend driving it.

hiking
2 months ago

I actually hiked this yesterday with my dog. A few big open fields to play fetch in. There were a couple steep spots but nothing too strenuous, just enough to get the heart pumping. Not much for views, but nice walk through trees.

hiking
2 months ago

12.3.17 Trail was amazing!! Very slippery right now if you walk from the very bottom, but definitely doable. would recommend sturdy hiking boots and many layers - it was quite cold and windy at the top!! I would 100% hike this again!!

off road driving
2 months ago

Had a great day on this trail. Moderate and fun. Saw that they updated the closing dates to be Dec. 15. Great trail to get some last minute off roading in on some decent trails before winter.

off road driving
2 months ago

Did this trail on November 26th. No issues at all with a stock 2017 Taco. Wasn't a whole lot of snow on the trail this weekend. Did a bunch of the other side trails as well, had some fun with those. A few tight spots but didn't have any real clearance issues with a stock truck.

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