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easy trail for all ages with nice views of the falls

Very hard hike but definitely worth it! The trail is tough to walk on at times with loose sand and sand on rocks that can make them slippery. Hiking shoes are definitely needed. Bring lots of water as it gets hot and there's not a lot of shade when you hit the last mile of it. There's a small path that needs from the main trail to view the lower falls. It isn't marked and we only found it because someone else points it out to us. Once you see it can tell it's definitely a trail and meant to be used. The last mile is full of steep switch backs and no shade. You earn your views on this hike. Once you hit the top there are serval areas to view the valley. We spent time eating lunch and resting before the hike back down. Going down is tough with how steep it is. Be prepared for it to take longer to get down than expected. It took us (two fit people in their 20s with hiking shoes) just under 6 hours and that included a 30 minutes lunch/viewing stops.

hiking
1 day ago

Breathtaking views at the top. I'm glad I was wearing my hiking boots with the terrain of rocks pretty much the entire hike. There was still a couple very slick snow patches you need to walk thru... going up wasn't bad, but very slick in the war down.... hiking poles were a blessing.

We reached Sentinel Dome by way of the trail from Taft Point. This was a nice trail if you wanted to see both areas. The hike from Sentinel Dome to the parking lot isn't much but it's pretty flat. The trail to Taft Point is better. We went to the top of Sentinel Dome for the sunset and it was awesome! Definitely something to place on your to do list. There were about 30 other people up there but it didn't feel crowded. Great place to bring a picnic dinner and watch the sunset. Gave it a 4 out of 5 only because the trail is pretty basic. You're really going for the views from the Dome.

Nice hike to start your stay in the park or on your last day if you legs are worn out. The trail is flat and takes you through a nice wooded area. At the end it opens up to a large rock service to view some of the valley. Great place to spend some time looking at the different view points. We took the trail that follows the cliff edge to Sentinel Dome instead of going back to the parking area and starting the Sentinel Done trail. Great trail but it isn't well marked. After you cross the creek you turn right to stay on the trail. It looks like there is a trail to the left but it's not the actual trail.

If you're expecting a beautiful Summit view, this is NOT the hike you're looking for. From the trail it's about .6 of a mile to "summit", and this part of the trial is muddy, small and nothing special. The summit is also nothing special, not the typical view most people seek.

Great hike, even better falls! Worth checking this one out for intermediate hikers.

hiking
1 day ago

This is a very well marked trail, follow the blue trail markers up to Marcy. There is a part of the trail that was closed off today and a very muddy detour trail was in place. I recommend any first time hikers stopping at Indian Falls on the way up, it's a quick few extra steps and worth the view. Summit was beautiful today.

You have to start early to find parking where you won't be towed. Also park smart or you will be blocked in. We were also tempted to start the trail on the long side of the loop to finished at the water. SO glad we did not! Early at the water is peaceful with few people and took exceptional photos and really were able to take it all in. Spectacular! After leaving there to continue the loop we saw a beautiful waterfall. We also discovered the last 1-2 miles of the loop was all down hill. Glad we didn't head up it! Beautiful place but sadly there is a lot of trash to pick up along the way.

A fun easy going trail with lots of beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 day ago

Simply the best!

We hiked both the red and yellow trails today for our 19th anniversary. We did so by accident b/c we didn't realize that the red/gray trails are on the opposite side of the road from the yellow/blue/green trails! Easy trails and we were fortunate to run into a deer. Would like to see more views of the lake. Interested in biking the trails next.

I lost my favorite knife on the longer yellow trail and someone picked it up and placed it at the trailhead. There are good people in this world!

love this place

Good, strenuous hike. The views around the lake are unbelievable

excellent workout, extremely hard hike. we went very early and on the way back my dog almost couldn't finish. Bring lots and lots of water.