Neat little pit stop but super crowded!

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bugs
1 hour ago

Very pretty scenery and a well maintained trail. It was very busy to Wall Lake, then the crowd started to thin somewhat. Ibantik Lake was busy, but we had no trouble finding a nice spot to camp. The mosquitos were insane. Be prepared! I wore long pants, long sleeves, and sprayed both my clothing and any exposed skin (including dabbing behind my ears) with repellent and came home with 0 mosquito or bug bites. Some in our party that chose sleeveless tops and shorts, and were not diligent with repellent, were eaten to bits. The lake is beautiful! The hike itself is moderate, with the only truly challenging part climbing to reach the notch both ways. But I’d still call that moderate. There was no snow, but it is wet and muddy in a lot of places. And keep your eyes open for mountain goats. At the notch, we saw three! A mama with her baby, and a male nearby.

on Grotto Falls Trail

hiking
1 hour ago

We Loved,, very friendly for the kids

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no shade
rocky
3 hours ago

Fun trail, but was kind of brutal for our 4 and 6 year olds.

bird watching
5 hours ago

Short fun and beautiful! I would go again for sure. About thirty feet before the falls are rocks you can ascend. Nice view up there but your not missing much if you stay at the Falls. Went super early.

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bugs
muddy
scramble
5 hours ago

Trail was beautiful and lots of wildflowers out right now. Went on Saturday, July 4th and of course the trail up to Bloods Lake was jam packed with people. Most of the trail to Bloods is pretty easy so tons of families and small kids. Moderate climb up and then once you pass Bloods Lake you’ll run into some grueling climbs. Not a super lengthy hike so not awful, but after the steep grades, then crossing the boulder field, it was good to rest at the lake. Mosquitos were awful though! Take tons of bug spray. I clocked 6 miles but I did go all the way to the far side of the lake. Not a bad trail but so, so busy. Please, if you’re enjoying the trails, remember to stay on the marked trail, and please don’t walk two abreast when someone else is coming down the trail... single file so other hikers can continue on.

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no shade
5 hours ago

it was a good butt kicker, but the South Trail is definitely a better view with more shade. I ended up taking the South Trail down and walking back to my car at the North trailhead. There also isn't parking right at the North trailhead, so you might want to park further down 100 South.

hiking
6 hours ago

On July 4 went up to Thurston Peak via Adams Cabin trail then hiked along the peaks to Francis Peak then came down Bair Canyon. 15 miles in all. Was a great hike. Bair Canyon was the prettiest part of it all in my opinion. My legs, knees, and feet definitely took a beating coming down Bair Canyon but they were pretty tired already.

hiking
7 hours ago

Beautiful - very busy up to the waterfall!

hiking
8 hours ago

Easy trail. Not too steep. Kids can do it. 2nd waterfall is the best.

My pup loved this trail! Was with some friend who weren’t able to make it to the end (for various reasons, not cause the trail was too difficult). Will be going back to do again! Limited little parking pull off area but a great secluded hike!

hiking
9 hours ago

I love this hike! It’s fairly easy and then you get a refreshing waterfall at the end to play in. We only saw two others there. The downside is you can see and hear cars most of the way. But still a great and fun hike.

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no shade
rocky
9 hours ago

Very rocky and very little shade but the red rocks were beautiful

hiking
9 hours ago

Great day, sunny and warm. Shade for 1/4 of the hike. Plenty of water in the lake.

Beautiful trail next to a rapidly running stream. Fun time. Lots of rocks on the trail. We did it in a CanAm

great trail! steep when you leave the paved part, but very doable. park and based of the falls were packed, but the falls where very nice

10 hours ago

this is an amazing hike! a lot of changes in scenery. You start out completely wooded walking next to the creek then it opens up and you can see the surrounding mountains oh, then you get to the top and the view spectacular. one of the best hikes in Cache Valley

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over grown
11 hours ago

1 hour out n back. Beautiful shade but not much water in July. A little overgrown but very manageable.

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no shade
11 hours ago

A pretty steep hike but so pretty. I would suggest doing this hike in the morning so it’s not too hot. The trail down is different than the trail up but easy to follow. Could be marked a little better but overall, great!

hiking
11 hours ago

Cute trail with great views, but the ridiculous number of people ruined the experience. I'm okay with sharing trails, but people wouldn't let others pass, were yelling, just generally unfriendly. We will be back when you can make it to the falls, as the number of people kept us from finishing.

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great!
icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
12 hours ago

Me and my group started at 9:45, and got to emerald lake at 2:20, but we are very good hikers (for teenagers) . We didn't have any trouble with the temperature, as it was July 4th. We had to stop where the trail takes a right along the cliff leading up to the ridge (about 5.7 miles in) because the trail was completely covered in snow for a half mile until the ridge. Do not go on the ice unless you have snow climbing gear and experience. There are a couple of spots on the upper switchbacks where you run into a scary situation, have to backtrack and get the trail again. It was kind of windy, but not to bad. I would recommend hiking sticks because of the snow and on the way down you kind of want a "third leg". There are a handful of decently-sized river crossings that you need to take it slow on. Bring headlamps, and be careful of moose by the lower elevations. Bring a trail/map otherwise you will get lost.

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