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hiking
11 days ago

Road is very rocky but cars with AWD/4WD should be able to handle this easily. Aside from a couple of steep switchbacks this was a relatively easy hike. Just keep in mind to not stop when you hit the first lake. There is no marked trail to the second lake so I would recommend finding the stream that connects the two. Also don't expect to catch any fish in these lakes due to winter kill a while back.

Great trial. A light snow had fallen the day before, so it was a little slick on the rocks. But, overall, a beautiful trail. It starts out as an aggressive ascent, but it lessens as you go.

Started just as it began to snow, about 3 inches when we reached the lake. Well worth it!

Love this trail. Has picnic areas, benches, bridges, babbling river & waterfall.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

This is a really nice hike to a very pretty lake. Go early.

Less busy than storm castle, better views

hiking
2 months ago

Did this the weekend after Labor Day and it was an instant favorite. The top is the payoff - moderately steep switchbacks with stunning views lead to a rock formation with super cool caves, keyholes and a summit rock with outrageous views. If you’re in shape it’s a quick 2.5-3 hours up and down. Highly recommend!

Well worth the climb! Stopped at several of the offshoots to check out the views.

2 months ago

Exactly as described - moderate difficulty and traffic. Beautiful trail that is supper well
Maintained and more or less follows Cottonwood Creek..

Really amazing trail! I hiked it solo on 9/16/18. I was afraid of bears but did have spray. Just like everyone has posted, it is a moderately rocky trail so watch your step, almost no flat portions but no exposed slabs or anything like like, worth the hike!!!! Note, the rocks were a bit slippery because it had rained the night before. Make sure to wear hiking shoes. The trail took me under 2 hours to summit and a bit over an hour to descend. I am from CT and am used to hiking steep trails in the White Mountains but I am not used to the elevation. Bring water, a snack, and take your time.

The lake is freezing but I recommend jumping in anyway.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views for the duration of this trail.

hiking
3 months ago

I made it to the trailhead in a full-size sedan (Kia) without 4wd. The road is very rocky but I got there driving less than 5mph while using the entire road to maneuver around rocks and ditches. The trail to the lake is a pretty gradual climb, but the trail to the good lakes is very steep and poorly marked. It is worth the effort to get to them, but make sure that you pay attention to the trail you took.
This trail is pretty secluded so also make sure that you bring everything you may need in case of an emergency, namely a camera :)

Less busy trail. The portal creek road is challenging, best to have 4x4 or AWD with high clearance. Worth the drive and hike. Bring water, bear spray and your fly rod.

Busy trail. Best to head up early and on the weekday. Bring your fly rod, water and bear spray. Worth the rocky hike.

Easy, dog friendly trail.

Loved this hike. I’m a beginner hiker so this was a bit difficult but it was beautiful and worth it. There are not very many flat spots so it continuously goes uphill but the lake at the top is breath taking!

3 months ago

Great hike and beautiful hidden lakes, very tranquil Road is rough getting up to the trailhead, recommend a 4x4 or rental car.

Great hike, my son even made it and he’s only 5. Beautiful spot.

hiking
3 months ago

This a beautiful canyon trail with a moderate climb on switchbacks until reaching to the Lee Metcalf Wilderness. I particularly enjoyed the views of Storm Castle from the west side of Gallatin Canyon. At first, I was confused why this trail said the "end" point was at 2.5 miles but it's because that's where the wilderness boundary technically starts. For the 5 miles out and back, you descend down into Hell Roaring canyon and eventually to the drainage. The lakes are much farther ahead on the trail. I'm not sure how many miles but I imagine it is too long for a day hike. This trail is probably popular for horseback riders as there is a shit ton of horse manure on the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike on the 4th of July, very rewarding! Narrow so if taking young kids I would plan to pack them

This trail was a good half day trip! It was a truly magical place! There are a number of lakes up there and they are all connected! There are also some great vantage points on the way up

hiking
3 months ago

This is a very good hike. We had just gotten off the plane when we hiked it so it seemed harder than it really is. I loved how there were lookout points along the way that you could stop at and just take in the view. The changes in terrain were also very cool. Of course the finale at the top was amazing. The view and the rock formations up there are definitely worth sticking it out.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is great. Very short but it has some decent elevation changes so it keeps your heart pumping. The trail itself is very well groomed and taken care of. The Gallatin river runs right next to the trail the entire time and there are plenty of spots where you can climb down and enjoy the water. The falls at the end are gorgeous and if you walk down the stone steps to the base of the falls there's a great swimming pool there and even a small area to do some rock climbing if thats your thing. I definitely recommend this one!

hiking
3 months ago

Such a stunning view at the top! It’s absolutely worth the trip up!

A little rocky but is is worth the view

Its truly 5 miles even.... great views, great hike.....

This place was beautiful. There’s a lot of people but overall it’s amazing.

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