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Good family trail

great hike! great view from the top and overall a nice trail. trail could use some maintenance (lots of downed trees) but overall well marked.

If anyone is looking for an easy brisk walk than this would be the place. No serious inclines or rocks to hurdle over. Great place to walk your dog or come with little one. I enjoy coming here to do a quick jog, it’s peaceful and no heavy traffic.
Only 3 stars just because I’m more of a moderate to hard trailer myself. So even though it’s on a 3 star to me, it may be a 4-5 to you.

Spectular views, mostly well accessible. Bit crowded at the beginning but the further up you get, there will be less people. It gets strenuous at times, but there are enough places to catch your breath and take in the scenery. Parking is difficult if you don’t start early. Bring enough water and snacks.

trail running
1 day ago

Lovely hike with plenty of views. At the waterfall I went up instead of across and ended up on a neighboring peak. Still managed to get some good footage. Check out what you are in for here...
https://youtu.be/YTli0UqmvW4

Fantastic view. Lots of people though even in the late evening and little parking.

Best in Kenosha County and rarely busy. Plenty of Geocaches and stunning in the fall. Bring your bug spray in the summer!

Discovered about a hundred prickly pear cactuses out here today! Amazing and beautiful.

This is an awesome trail up Big Cottonwood Canyon! Multiple waterfalls, great scenery! Lake Blanche was completely packed, this trailhead had maybe 5 cars parked there. The waterfalls along this trail were great, many smaller cascades compared to the more monolithic, traditional waterfalls. The trail has water running down it in places, but nothing impassable.

Also, the mine is the source of some of the water (initially we thought one of the ruins above the tailings pile was the mine, turns out the mine entrance is screened by some trees). Just follow the water from the tailings pile to get to the mine entrance.

Did this hike on Friday 8/17 and loved it. Do keep in mind that you either need a National Park Pass to get in or you have to pay $11. At 9 am there were quite a few cars, but I didn’t actually see that many people on the trail until I was heading down around 1130. So, highly recommend getting there a bit earlier to have more of the trail to yourself. It’s a very well-groomed National Park trail, so doesn’t feel as remote or backcountry but is also very easy to follow. I also highly recommend going up to Little Blue Lake. The trail gets less clear as you ascend above Blue Lake, but if you keep going up and around Blue Lake to the right you’ll find it. Me and my dog had Little Blue, right at the base of Mt Toll, all to ourselves. It is really gorgeous up there. Will definitely be doing this one again.

Beautiful trail.

hiking
1 day ago

All in all, it took us 6.5 hours to get to the lake. However, we did not loop back and instead went on to Clark's Peak. I enjoyed it, although I hiked almost the whole way in complete darkness. Although we didn't really get to see the beauty of the hike, we did get to go to an outlook and see the Perseids. In addition, the lake was beautiful at 6:30 AM, there was no one around, and we got to see a moose!

Great, easy hike. Hiked Saturday 8/18 and arrived around 10 AM to a fairly full parking lot but got lucky finding a spot in Lot 2. Lots of people hiking up and down and trail etiquette could definitely be better. Storm rolled in as we hit the lake so we turned back and jogged down (fun but a bit sketchy with all of the rocks).

Returned Sunday 8/19 around 12 PM to an overflowing lot and had to wait for a space. Eventually got in and up past the lake and over the glacier. Crossed the glacier in a narrow spot and did a little bouldering. Great time!!

While this is an easy hike, we did see people walking up in shorts and t shirts with no rain gear and a small bottle of water as the rain was starting. Always go prepared!

very peaceful hike. We backpacked our gear in for camping at the lake. too us 2 hours and 50 minutes with 20 to 30 lbs packs. we left at 5pm. it was perfect. it really shouldn't matter what time you go hiking on this Trail because it is very covered. the last mile is definitely little steeper but nothing extreme. recommended for a longer medium difficulty hike. take extra water.

hiking
1 day ago

It was a cloudy and cooler day but the views are still amazing. A very well traveled and marked trail most of the way. There is an area that is confusing as there are many paths up on the the steeper accents before getting to lower Mohwak Lake. Just pick one and follow a general up and right direction and you’ll me fine. Don’t stop at just the lower lake. Take the few minutes more to se the upper lake too!

Great trail to hike with your dog

Pretty rocky for a good section of the trail but definitely a good hike! There was a sign posted about 2 mountain lions spotted this month but fortunately we didn’t see them. Be on the lookout!

I would rate this Moderate Plus. Several tricky spots for younger kids and older folks.

nature trips
1 day ago

Not my favorite hike. It was mostly wooded and more of a nature walk than a hike (nice but not what I was expecting). The views at the peak were limited but pretty. Might hike again someday to check out the waterfall and explore a little more. I wouldn’t recommend this trail for running as the trail has lots of little rocks.

Loved the hike and the peaceful lake.

Short trail. Kinda packed with visitors. Pretty views.

Pretty crowded but the vastness of Quandary makes it okay. Up in 2 hours down in 1.5. Love this 14er.

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the elevation gain is no joke. excellent and challenging trail

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike on a wet Saturday. Saw no one on the hike except for a forest ranger. Beautiful forest with a nice overlook point. Rated moderate but totally suitable for kids. We ended up doing a loop which was fun and totaled about 5 miles. Lots of trails back there so take a map so you don’t get lost. At some points can be confusing which way to go. Easily accessible from the lake. We had a great time and not too muddy even though had rained.

hiking
1 day ago

Pleasant hike in the woods around swampy lakes and ponds. Trails are well-maintained and well-marked. Paved trails are intermittent in western side of park. Slight elevation changes. Park is in the suburbs near MSP so there is decent noise from the highways and airport.

Easy hike for the area, not too technical but the last half of the trail gets steep enough to make you question your life choices after doing a 6 mile hike the day before. The views are spectacular, especially at the end of the day. As others have mentioned, there are some downed trees and some especially wet/muddy spots. The trail near the pond is overgrown. I’d still recommend it though!

Strenuous incline for the first mile (you start at 10,400ft.). The hike flattens out in the middle with 2 meadows filled with wildflowers. It finishes with an incline for the last mile or so to the alpine lake at 12,000 ft. You can continue on for unobstructed mountain views and little to no crowds.

it was a great 14'er to do by myself. nice class 1 at the beginning and then very rocky.

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