Did This May 30. The last two miles of dirt road definitely require a high clearnace vehicle. We hiked it which turned out well since there was still snow and downed trees on the road and it was impassible. There is another trailhead that starts on the highway for those adverse to dirt roads. It is 1.2 miles past the turn of to upper setting road. The hike was beautiful! a couple of stream crossings but no need to get wet. Lots of downed trees - the trail definitely needs some maintenance. There was still a lot of snow as we approached Shingle creek lake. We didn't go further. Practically no bugs this time of year because of the snow. Huge bonus.

snowshoeing
5 hours ago

There is still snow blocking the road to the trailhead just after Mirror Lake. We we able drive through some of the snowbanks and get to Washington Lake but there were no parking signs along the road. We parked at the stock parking and walked 1/5 mile to the trailhead. Still a lot of soft snow covering the trail. Approximately 95% of the trail is covered. Snow is very soft making snowshoe very desirable to keep from post holing as many non-snowshoes were doing. Snow was wet and heavy so if you want to keep your feet dry wear very good waterproof boots.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
muddy
6 hours ago

Loved this hike. Spring runoff made the river to sketchy to cross where the second bridge was. Tons of wild flowers, green and just beautiful. They have cut down a lot of dead pines trees.

hiking
bugs
muddy
9 hours ago

Little muddy, a few bugs by mid-morning but overall a great hike by a creek. Mostly shaded and lots of pretty wildflowers.

on Yellow Pine Trail

hiking
muddy
rocky
6 days ago

Only walked part of this trail, will be back later when less mud and no snow

hiking
snow
7 days ago

Love this trail. Made it 3.5 miles up then snow. Will try again in a week or so. Water after the first mile pretty much along the entire trail. Nice views of Timp at about 3 miles.

hiking
snow
9 days ago

Beautiful trail. Easier and very green at the bottom up to 3 miles. Between miles 3-4 you start to see more snow. Multiple downed trees cross the trail. There is a significant amount of winter runoff starting around 3.5 mi and after. The trail is intermittently covered with snow and you have to cross the runoff on numerous occasions. Came within 1/2 mi of the lake and lost trail entirely in the snow. Need snowshoes at that point to avoid post-holing to knee level. Had a GPS, which made staying on the trail possible, but the snow and runoff near the top made us turn around for now. Imagine it will be more tenable in 1-2 weeks. Still fun, regardless!

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

Great day for a hike with Rich, Linda, Amie, Chloe and Tavi. We went up the trail about two miles before turning back. A few places where we hiked in mud and water. A couple of snow Banks by the side of the trail, but none on it for at least the first two miles. Fantastic time. I'm tired.

hiking
muddy
snow
20 days ago

Wife and I took Tavi (lab/beagle mix) to this trail today. We only went about 3/4 miles up before we decided we needed to leave to get home before dark. The trail was in pretty good shape. Dry until you go about 1/4 mile. A little muddy in spots, but not too bad. About a dozen mini glaciers in the middle with wet trail on either side, but Easy to navigate. Great day to be there. We’ll go earlier next week so we can go farther.

bridge out
flooded
muddy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

We went all the way to the lake, which meant blazing our own way through the snow after one of the river crossings. The lake is beautiful frozen over, but getting there included several precarious balance-on-a-log river crossings and tramping through a lot of snow with no trail to follow besides "follow the river." The lower trail is basically a stream, so plan for wet feet. The temperatures were wonderful and the snow is melting fast. Rocks all over; the trail is not all that groomed. The fact that I'm still giving this four stars is a miracle. There were so many delightful waterfalls, flowers, and meadows along the way.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

Great hike not able to make it all the way to the lake due to snow and no trail markers higher up. But very beautiful.

hiking
blowdown
snow
27 days ago

The first mile was lovely with lots of glacier lillies along the trail. Two downed trees in the first 2 miles. Around mile 2.5, just after crossing the third bridge, I decided to strap on my snowshoes. Mile 3 I turned around to discover lovely views of the Wasatch mountains. Between mile 3 and 4 I lost the trail twice. I stopped seeing trail markers after mile 3 and was following old snowshoe tracks. At the junction between Yellow Pine and Castle Lake I lost the Yellow Pine trail entirely. Tracks I was following seemed to go to Castle and there were no signs of Yellow Pine trail. Will definitely attempt again in a few weeks.

hiking
27 days ago

One of the best multiday hikes i’ve ever done! A hidden gem

snowshoeing
29 days ago

Patches of snow begins around 8,000 ft. Needed snowshoes at approximately 8,400ft. Snow was soft enough in shady places to sink to knee deep. Only climbed a few hundred feet up the trail where it forks with t trail to Castle Lake. We and ran out of gas after making it to Castle Lake and returned to the car after over six hours of hiking

snowshoeing
29 days ago

The Lake was very pretty with all the snow. Patches of snow begins around 8,000 ft. Needed snowshoes at approximately 8,400ft. Snow was soft enough in shady places to sink to knee deep.

hiking
muddy
snow
29 days ago

Wow! Always drove by this trailhead but decided to try it. Beautiful path up with some huge trees up 1 mile, tons of water running through forest past 1 mile, snow starts about 2.5 in but nothing major. Hiking boots were good. 3 miles in post holing so turned around, but the wildflowers were popping and trail is gorgeous. Will go back and work further in as snow malts.

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