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Great hike in the valley with rigid mountains all around you.

Gorgeous weather, a bit rocky, needed a jacket but overall a great hike with great friends.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked into Kidney Lake 10/8/18. Beautiful, sunny day in high 40’s Got into snow 1/2 way up on the Kidney spur trail. Lake not frozen but no fish caught. Gorgeous time of the year

Gorgeous Fall day, mid 50’s. Colors are spectacular & creek clear!

Gorgeous hike, all the fall colors were amazing! There are definitely some steep areas, but well worth it. We lost the trail a couple of times but back tracked and we back on course quickly. I’m going to hike this trail again in the spring!

really enjoyed this trail, even if the stones make it difficult but interesting for running.
Very well maintaned.

The entire hike up to the lake will take you a bit. The terrain gradually gets more difficult as you climb. There was a moment when we found ourselves off trail so pay attention to your turns and direction.

The views are tremendous and the lake is beautiful. Totally worth the hike. Bring lots of water and bear spray. The lake has ample space to camp on it's shores.

The trail really needs to be better marked, took the wrong fork and ended up headed the wrong way as I had no clue which way to take, finally realized and turned around, at the first fork take the one to the right. only made it to the second lake not to coquina though. It was very beautiful, a bit rocky. I will try again when I have more time.

one of my favorite hikes so far! me and my partner and our 3 dogs hiked about 2.5 miles in until we got to a small waterfall. i really loved this trail because of the constant change of scenary. beautiful mountains on either side. as you walk you go through dense forested areas, boulders, a river and some sweet little wetlands with lush green grasses. we hiked back out during the sunset and it was beautiful! some small inclines but nothing crazy. a lot of rocks on parts of the trail so just watch your step. i wish i had time to hike a little further!

2 months ago

First thing is the signage for this was pretty lackluster. The trailhead says its the trail for upper bear lake, no mention of coquina. secondly when you get close to the end, which for us was right around 3.44 miles, the trail is super rocky and it's eady to lose it. This lake was beautiful and great for camping. Tons of wood laying around for a fire and lots of great flat spots for tent. The hike in was pretty easy with a backpack although very rocky so it's slow going. We had a cow elk calling from time to time and even ran through our camp at one point. The mosquitoes and flies were not bad at all but it was getting really cold at night.

hiking
2 months ago

the first mile was nice. we didn't know to cross the Creek until someone told us. about 3 miles in we got out of the burn. we turned around 4 miles in because we left to late. The trail was hard to follow at times because branches covered the trail otherwise it was a great hike

Make sure to go past the first (and on this app, final destination) waterfall to second, very impressive waterfall 1/2 mile farther. Hike alternates between black rocks and forest. When you reach the bridge, look up to granite arch on top of the ridge. Nice mountain views.

Breath taking.

One of my all time favorites. Absolutely loved it!

Hiked this trail in mid-July. It was hot but the falls were beautiful and I loved the challenge.

Great hike different terrain makes it fun!!

Beautiful views. Great hike for the whole family!

Super special!! Trail follows the creek most of the way. Extremely pleasant and scenic!! No steep drop-offs. — just easy pleasure. Enjoyed it so much that I hiked it two days in a row!

Tip: Spend the night a Blodget Campground at base. It’s free, small, and quiet! No water and you need to pack out what you pack in. Camp host, Chris, is a fascinating individual and has encyclopedic knowledge about nature and wildlife. Be sure to have a chat with him!!!

Really a beautiful hike. If you go out and back, you can probably do it in about 7 hours. But it’s tough the mile or so before the lake. Going downhill sucked after leaving the lake. Which is clean AF btw. Overall beautiful but may start hating life the last hour. I don’t hike that long very much!

Worth the steep part between miles 3.5 and 4.5. Glad I wore good over the ankle hiking boots.

Gorgeous hike with many vantage points to take in the incredible views along the way... and let your dog play in the water. Worth the extra time and effort to go to the falls 5 miles in!!

Awesome hike with beautiful views and impressive rock faces. There is a rock arch that can be spotted from the bridge about 3.5 miles out. We were a group of 6 including my 5.5 yr old and everyone enjoyed it. The last mile or so before the falls was beside a marshland and mosquitoes were thick; so definitely wear repellent.

hiking
3 months ago

For the ease of access and views it is an exceptional hike to the falls. Need to bring fishing pole next time.

For my first hike it was a amazing start . Make sure you have good shoes with plenty of traction , at one section you have to go thru a forest which is mostly made up of prickly evergreen trees . The view is amazing and totally worth the drive up . Not very much parking and kind of a narrow drive up .

After having done bear creek overlook this trail is not a super good view in comparison. An easy hike though for all ages young-elderly.

Beautiful hike, I was expecting a huge waterfall but supposedly as I was told after hiking this trail you have to off trail it to get to the falls over a rocky area. I have yet to go back and try this.

This trail, after the fire, should be rated as difficult. After a mile in, it becomes difficult to find the trail. Often overgrown, not heavily used, rocks slid down from the fire-caused errosion. Often felt like being off-trail. Worth the hike, but slow and difficult through the long burned section.

backpacking
3 months ago

The trail in is fairly well maintained. Overall, it is a pretty easy hike. My 8 year old was able to pack all of his gear without any problems. The only reason I'm not giving it a 5 star rating is the bugs. They were so bad. One of my daughters ended up with 70 mosquito bites on her back. Bring gallons of bug spray.

hiking
3 months ago

Although the beginning of the hike is just another "up the canyon" hike, the real fun (and work!) starts about 3.5 miles in where you suddenly start a quite steep, exhilerating ascent (about 1,500 ft within about a mile), followed by a slight descent down to the drop-dead-gorgeous Canyon Lake. Although you hear Canyon Creek for most of the way, you don't actually get to see it, except at 0.5, 1, 2,, 3.5, and (at the lake) 5 miles in. Most of way is actually in shade. The trail seems to have been rerouted since the recording of the website track, since there are periodic deviations from this track, which may account for the fact that the round trip is closer to 10 miles than the 8.4 miles mentioned in the description.

Great trail lots of beautiful sights. Wish it was closer to the creek

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