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This is the easiest trail (above 10k elevation) I have found in the SF area. Nice to ski in winter too. Today the flies were out in force especially near the trailhead. Good trail for an easy run at altitude.

hiking
1 day ago

Great trail. My 6 year was able to complete.

backpacking
3 days ago

Yooooooo why did none of you reviewers warn me about how there's not actual signage for Stewart's? You have to follow the sign for Johnson, apparently. I'm not sure, because we never made it to Stewart's. Us passing the sign and heading several miles in the wrong direction turned this into more of a failed suicide attempt than a one-nighter, and since Stewart's is apparantley a bit beyond Johnson we just collapsed at the first lake we got to.

That being said, my review should reflect the actual trail. Which is lovely. Very gradual incline the entire way, several beautiful aspen stands, and multiple water sources along the way. The information calls this "heavily trafficked," and I would agree if you're going on a weekend. We hiked in on a Sunday and passed many groups on their way , but had the whole lake to ourselves that night. Don't trust the distance estimates of people hiking out - they've been hiking downhill the whole time!!

Well shaded to escape the sun. Wouldn't say it's somewhere between easy and moderate.

scenic driving
4 days ago

I had trouble deciding on a rating here; I hiked the full distance today, and being a nice weekend, the lower third of the trail was very crowded and not really pleasant. The upper half is very nice. I would recommend going on a weekday. If you are ok with the elevation, it is actually an easy hike with no scrambles. Great views.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Very cool ruins. Enjoyed with the kids.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail! Took my boyfriend and I about 5hrs round trip, with a dog. He's in great hiking shape, and I had to rest some. Steep in the beginning and the end, middle part is more manageable. When you start to follow the water near the end, it's tricky to know where exactly the trail is at times. There are a couple water crossings where you balance on logs. It's definitely a more challenging trail, but it's no 14er, so if you're used to crazy stuff like that, this will be easy. This would be a great practice trail if you're looking to do more challenging ones like 14ers.

Did this trail last week and loved it! There are mountain bikers out there but all respectful of hikers.

hiking
6 days ago

This is my favorite trail in the SF area, and I try to do it at least once a week. I recommend doing this trail in the morning because of the temps and increasing chance of tstorms in afternoon. Also, bring plenty of water-I see a lot of people bail halfway because they don't have enough.

Pretty trail, not difficult if the elevation doesn't bother you. Would have been easier if I had bothered to look at the profile....