Uphill all the way to the lake, getting steeper and steeper as it goes, but very beautiful and easy to follow. Did it end of May.

hiking
4 days ago

All the roads at GRBA are open. Most trails are clear. Bits of snow here and there, but no traction required (Except Glacier trail and Wheeler Peak).

Definitely the hardest thing I have ever done, but definitely worth it for the breathtaking views! It gets really windy once you get above the tree line, so bring lots of layers. The snow is kind of thick right now. Wish I had ice cleats, but it was doable without them. I also had to crab walk down the first mile because the incline was so steep and rocky.

Hiked the loop trail yesterday. Still some snow in the trees but easy enough to navigate. The mountains are beautiful with all the snow patches. Lakes were beautiful too! Easy hike. We started down the Bristol Cone Forest trail for about a half mile, but with all the snow it was slow going. Lots of snow on this part of the trail. If you are up for the challenge and have the time, I’m sure it’s doable too. Love the high elevation lakes. Enjoy!

Great hike! This was my first time hiking up a peak. I’ve walked trails before, but never something this intense. I wanted to quit many times, but when I finally made it to the top, I felt amazing! This was not easy, and while I don’t normally hike, I’m in great shape and this was really hard. The last 200 yards was so tiring climbing mini boulders all the way to the top.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
9 days ago

Early. Still a LITTLE snow here and there. The Covid thing has made the parks inconvenient, but it’s still very much worth taking this hike. You nearly have the entire mountain to yourself if you get off the roads. Also, All Trails is always wrong about total elevation gain. It only shows the difference between your destination and your starting point. There’s nearly always a series of ups and downs along a trail. I normally get about twice the actual gain as what All Trails reports. On this hike the total vertical gain was 678.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
11 days ago

Lots of snow. Some places knee deep. Deff a tough climb to the summit.

hiking
closed
17 days ago

We were going to try and do this trail May 15, but the road is closed about 4 miles before the trailhead. You can do the trail that starts at the lower camp grounds (3.4-mile trail) and then complete this.

This is a nice scenic drive with good vistas. It is closed about 2/3 of the way (just after the overlook).

scenic driving
closed
18 days ago

This is a scenic drive. It was closed at Mather Lookout 5/17/20. We enjoyed the drive and stopping at the lookout. Plenty of photo opportunities. Definitely want to come back later in the season when more is open.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent conditions up until 3 mile mark. 2nd mile still has a bit of snow but once you reach the third mile that connects to the other trails it’s impassable. Can’t find trail due to ~4 feet deep snow

hiking
snow
2 months ago

snowshoeing
icy
snow
3 months ago

Completed this Feb. 15, 2020. we started at Upper Lehman Creek campground and ended at Wheeler peak campground. The lower section of trail from ULC campground to the meadow was mostly covered in a thin layer of icy snow. While it is do-able in hiking boots, we used micro spikes to provide more grip and decrease some of the work of walking. I strongly recommend using those. Beyond the meadow, snow is 3+ feet deep and nearly impossible to traverse without snowshoes*. This is also where the trail becomes much steeper. The last section is comprised of 2 long switch-backs and then a steep ascent to the ridge of the campground. In snowshoes, this was a challenging section of trail. The last 0.25 mile up to the campground is pretty exposed to wind, which just adds to what makes that last stretch a PITA. overall, for 2 very experienced hikers, this was just under a 4 hour round-trip winter hike. *We used free snowshoes lended out by the Visitor center.

A classic. I’ve done this hike every year around September/early October for the last 3 years and will continue to do so. Steady grade up and the final mile gets pretty steep and grueling. The peak is over 13,000 feet, very exposed and windy most of the time so bring appropriate layers! Altitude sickness can affect people if they aren’t used to being up this high. If you are coming from sea level or don’t hike a lot, I suggest camping at the 10,000 foot wheeler peak campground and spending 24 hours at that elevation before attempting to summit to help your body acclimate. Also, you want to start this trail EARLY!! We always start the hike just before sunrise. The winds usually pick up and get stronger later in the day.

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

We did this hike in September on Labor Day weekend. No campsites we’re open so we stayed in Ely. This is the hardest hike I’ve ever done to date and was well worth the effort. The wind was about 40-45 mph! And it was warmer on the summit than it was on the exposed face of the trail. Lost two toe-nails from the descent.

Absolutely gorgeous trail! Being in the cirque under Wheeler was beautiful and all the snow as so awesome!

I really did enjoy this summit, but I felt like absolute garbage when we were about a mile or so from the summit. It was steep, and the altitude was absolutely affecting me and making me super nauseous. I forced some food and caught a second wind and I'm so glad I did. It was worth every step!

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