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muddy
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

Maybe it was the weather (rained most of the night) but the effort:reward ratio was not very high. It was extremely foggy (Foggy Lake definitely lived up to its moniker) so there was little scenery for us to enjoy. Rain has never bothered me, in fact I've always loved hiking in the worst weather, but the clouds covered nearly everything, and what we did see wasn't anything to take my breath away (aside from the hike itself!). 3 waterfalls, some nice views up top, but mostly it was punishingly steep trail (going down is worse than going up, it's ridiculously steep) with very rocky and steep sections that get pretty treacherous at times the last mile or so. Trails are difficult to follow in a couple of places, none are marked. We got some very pretty pictures, and maybe with better weather I might have seen enough scenery to give it another star, but that is a pretty punishing hike, especially coming down (our mood went from "let's come back for a day hike when the weather is better" when we started back down to "I hate this trail, I don't want to come back" about 2/3 of the way down). There are far more beautiful hikes that are nowhere near as punishing. And many hikes that are just as punishing or even worse with far more reward for enduring it. And when you consider we saw over a dozen other groups on a weekday, in the rain, and over 4 pages of sign ins at the trailhead covering a 3 day period, it's not like it's secluded either.

Trail above Monte Cristo is slightly over grown. Scrambling is required at times. Rocks are slippery.

hiking
3 days ago

Holy gains... This is rated as moderate and it’s no joke! Tons of elevation and rock climbing! Better back good shoes and even better snacks! Clocked in at 12.6 miles.. Foggy Lake was kinda difficult to find!

hiking
muddy
3 days ago

Great hike. Muddy at the final climb but well worth it. Hiked at a moderate speed with a lounge by the lake around 2 o'clock. Pretty busy when I arrived but started to die down. highly recommend.

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bugs
muddy
3 days ago

JC says

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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 days ago

great hike, aim for a clear day.

on Lime Kiln Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Great walk, not so crowded

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
5 days ago

This is my favorite hike of all time. It was very hard for me, but I'm not too fit. For the first half it was pretty much mostly dirt and some slippery-but-smooth rocks. The remaining half was much longer because it was steep and extremely rocky — sharp jagged rocks. The views up there were INCREDIBLE though. Getting to the lake after that rocky climb was absolutely worth it too. I wish I could spend all day there. So peaceful. It felt like Disneyland, walking through the meadows at the lake. I'll never forget this hike ❤️

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

This trail was super muddy in many places, and it was that swamp mud. My dog and I did fine up to Pinnacle, unfortunately couldn't make it to the peak because after the lake scramble I couldn't get line of sight on the trail and didn't want to continue if it was going to be like that the whole way (with the dog). Stopped at Bear Lake on the way back because it was right there and it was much more inviting than Pinnacle, but no streams or anything on that side. Make sure you bring something worthy of off-road, the road is thick with massive pot holes and very rocky. Honestly after the Bear Lake split in the trail, the road and trail are equally challenging! I will probably come back to this one when it's hopefully drier and I don't have the pup with me.

hiking
rocky
5 days ago

Did it twice was great both times!

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 days ago

Fun trail, we can a bit is easy and then once it sneaks up to the left there’s a lot of brambles and nettles, definitely suggest wearing boots since it can get a bit muddy. Saw quite a bit of wildlife and it was a great early morning hike. Many snakes and frogs down by the water after clambering upstream a bit. Great Hike with Cody!

Was a fun, long hike. It's mostly flat with a few not too steep hills. Terrain is old gravel road, some areas are rocky, and a little bit of dirt trail. There is a large log that you need to use as a "bridge" to cross the river, but wasn't difficult. The town was really cool and the backdrop was beautiful. Definitely want to do this one again.

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blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
5 days ago

This trail was super muddy in many places, and it was that swamp mud. Those of you who only hike in the sandal, you have been warned: my boots sank almost to my ankle in places, and I was doing my best to go around the mud. This trail is only called a trail by the loosest if definitions. It is more fitting to call this a dryish river bed that you follow to a lake. My dog and I did fine up to Pinnacle, unfortunately couldn't make it to the peak because after the lake scramble I couldn't get line of sight on the trail and didn't want to continue if it was going to be like that the whole way (with the dog). Stopped at Bear Lake on the way back because it was right there and it was much more inviting than Pinnacle, but no streams or anything on that side. Make sure you bring something worthy of off-road, the road is thick with massive pot holes and very rocky. It's like being in a off-road vehicle test video. Honestly after the Bear Lake split in the trail, the road and trail are equally challenging! I will probably come back to this one when it's hopefully drier and I don't have the pup with me.

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