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Incredible views and well-worth the tough hike up. Very crowded trails, even in mid-October. Next time, depending on the time of year, would recommend taking John Muir trail up and down to Nevada Falls (skipping Vernal Falls) to avoid some of the heaviest crowds.

hiking
20 hours ago

Due to the fires west of Yosemite Valley on the day we hiked this trail, a lot of smoke had rolled into the valley by the time we reached Glacier Point - we could barely see an outline of Half Dome in the distance and couldn’t see the valley floor at all. But, we had absolutely beautiful sunset views on the way down. Glad we brought bandanas and surgical masks to limit the smoke inhalation. Despite our late start, we had no trouble getting down the trail in the dark with our trusty headlamps. If you don’t have a car parked at the trailhead and the El Cap shuttle has stopped running by the time you reach the trailhead, you can walk across the swinging bridge trail to get to the closest stop for the Yosemite Valley shuttle. I’m already planning the “re-do” of this hike (and perhaps an extension to Panorama) for our next visit so we can fully experience Glacier Point under better conditions.

hiking
21 hours ago

We Hiked this today and made it up to the cables, but didnt scale to the top because the cables are officially down for the season and didnt have proper harness Equipment. Trail was fairly busy, but nothing like when cables are up. I have made it up the cables in past years and if I had to give my personal appraisal of difficulty of sections, I would rank in the following with first being most difficult. 1) Subdome,(Numerous steps, exposed,7500ft, 7 miles into Trail) 2)Trailhead to Vernal(Mist Trail)(Steadily ascending while getting warmed up) 3)Cables, 4)Little Yosemite to Sub dome(Steadily up,5 Miles into hike) 5)Vernal to top of Nevada. Just my opinion after making the climb 4 times.

Awesome hike! Took a shuttle and started from Bryce point and then further along the trail. Not that much elevation and less crowds in the morning.

Did this yesterday. Drive there is impressive with multiple switchbacks Hike is not difficult but some steep areas with drop offs other areas have fencing and railings Not for those bothered by heights but rewarding views. Did this in the late afternoon so the light and shadows were stunning

Beautiful hike! Even mid-October the first miles up to Yosemite falls were quite hot, so consider leaving early. The rest of the hike isn’t as exposed as the first miles. We brought plenty of water (one gallon each) and I’m glad we did because there was no water on our way (the falls were completely dry). Be careful at the top of El Cap, you can hike until the very edge and there are scrambling rocks. I really enjoyed this hike because the views are amazing and it’s not nearly as crowded as Half Dome - plus, no permit required. Would definitely do it again.

Unique and beautiful. Left early to park at visitors center by 7:30. 40 min shuttle ride to trail head. Light was beautiful so bus ride was enjoyable. Rented gear including dry pants and boots which kept us all comfortable. Water is swift and footing can be challenging in spots but just took our time. Water was mid thigh at highest (5’6”). Turned around just past the split. Amazing scenery

Fantastic hike to a beautiful waterfall. Strenuous hike but worth it.

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23 hours ago

Great trail. Steep but worth it to reach the top. Outstanding 360 degree views.

hiking
23 hours ago

Loved the thrill of this path. The trail ascends up a giant rock/mountain hill and continues all the way up. Thank goodness for signs. Not sure we would have stayed on the path. The arch was amazing. It was surely a sight to see. Moderate trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Short and sweet. Great view over the side of the Canyon wall. A bit too crowded to enjoy.

Bryce Canyon was incredible. It feels like another planet. The trail was moderate, but a tad bit crowded. Go early for fewer crowds on the trails.

Amazing trail. Completed in about 2 hours and 15 minutes, but we were on a time crunch. Loved the increased adrenaline and awareness on that last half mile. I can’t wait to come back and do it again!

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 day ago

Made it all the way today. I rented crampons in town which was the only way I would have made it up the rocks by the waterfall. The most challenging though was after making it up the rocks, the wind was 60mph plus. Most people had something to cover their face and some even had ski goggles of which I had neither. On the way back down it really started snowing and alerting and it was hard to find the trail in the area where it’s mostly rocks. Regardless, my favorite hike in RMNP and beautiful as always.

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no shade
1 day ago

Short, but great for exploring.

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rocky
snow
1 day ago

Arrived in the previous night from sea level Miami. Change in temperature, time zones, altitude - in less than 24 hours! It was tough, cold at the lake (don’t take off your gloves for snacks), but wonderful scenery around. Caught snow on the way up and sunshine on the way down. One part of the trail had a landslide and was difficult to get around it. The mileage is not correct, the trail is definitely longer. We did this as our first hike ever - for beginners I would not recommend this trail as it is too long and difficult - orherwise: beautiful and well maintained.

Steep all the way up. Kids under 5 be prepared to carry. Do not use a stroller. Views are totally worth the trouble of driving and hiking. Figure out if it’ll be cloudy before you waste your time. There are restrooms. Very busy but worth it.

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rocky
snow
1 day ago

I have done every single other trail out of Bear Lake TH and finally did this one. It is really pretty and varied, with less elevation gain then many of the hikes around here. Really spectacular alpine views from Mills lake and climbing up to black lake. Hiked on October 18. 38° in the parking lot when we arrived and 38° in the parking lot when we left! Light sleet for most of the hike, only clearing around Mills lake on our return. Fun, challenging trail in that the further you go out, the more rugged and primitive the trail becomes. It is still very well engineered all the way to Black Lake, with pavers, bridges and stairs. A bit challenging today due to the sub freezing weather, wind and sleet, as well as slippery snow and ice covered rocks above glacier gorge campsite. We did not have micro spikes and there was only one or two places where they would’ve been useful. Otherwise we used our trekking poles, good hiking boots and lots of warm clothing. Saw less than 10 hikers after Mills lake, and many of them were not dressed appropriately. Bring extra clothing and be smart.

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rocky
1 day ago

Awesome trail to hike definitely a challenge though towards the end of the trail getting to the highest end of the peak, we brought our dogs to this trail not knowing that supposedly their weren’t supposed to be dogs allowed on this trail even though their wasn’t anything posted on the trail headers or conservation maps saying this, we had plenty of d bags letting us know they aren’t but sugaland conservation center saying we can afterwards but must be kept on the leashes so expect ppl saying something to you if you have a dog, definitely recommend shoes that have ankle support terrains is pretty rocky in some areas, other than that you’ll definitely enjoy the views with this trail

Gorgeous hike - flowing river, massive rock features, and spectacular views. Strenuous terrain, so you’ll definitely want plenty of water and trail snacks to keep you going. It is very busy. You’ll be constantly passing other hikers (even starting before sunrise on a weekday), so if you’re looking for more seclusion and quiet solitude, this is not the trail for you. The “cliff tops” area with the grand finale view was crowded (there was even a woman having a full phone conversation on speaker phone while taking in the summit view). Sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are ideal. We added and removed many clothing layers with the changes in temperature throughout the day across elevations. That being said, it’s all totally worth it for the beauty on the trail! Highly recommend if you’re prepared for the conditions! There are also many shorter versions of the hike that are just as spectacular as the full 11 miles (check the points of interest here on AllTrails for ideas). It took us 4 hours to ascend and 2 hours to descend with a steady pace on the way up and a brisk pace on the way down.

Hiked it from Fighting Creek Gap road to intersection with Husky Gap. Was hiking with my 10 year old twins and my seven year old. Perfect trail for them. Enough up and down so no one got too cranky. A few nice views but really nice change of surroundings along trail.

One of my favorite trails! and I've hiked a lot. It's challenging but worth it. I didn't feel like the elevation gain was horrible. For me the hardest part was on the way back from the bunion to the shelter. Lots of rocks and roots so the hiking poles really came in useful. We got to the trail head at 8am which was perfect. Lots of parking and bathrooms before the start are a bonus. Took my husband and I a total of 4 hours and 30 min. We didn't hangout on the bunion long because it was so cold that morning there was frost covering the oneside of the trail and we weren't not prepared for it. Lesson learned to dress accordingly. Anyways, best trail hands down - hope you get a chance to do it!

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muddy
over grown
rocky
1 day ago

I saw this trail about 2 years ago and finally had a group of people to attempt this trail. Amazing views,pretty waterfalls, stunning cave! It was all good until we got to the ropes. I attempted to climb and got about half way and just couldn’t do it (I’m not a fan of heights lol) my wife went ahead and climbed the whole way and it was stunning. Definitely would go again if I find the courage to climb to the top! But overall Indian creek is amazing bring plenty of water and I recommend a extra rope or two just in case. Be safe out their!

Beautiful trail following the river. A decent amount of elevation gain, lots of roots and rocks to avoid on the cucumber gap section. This was a great recovery hike, just challenging enough.

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