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    5 days, 19 hours ago
    We hiked the figure 8 trails around Saddle Bag Lake and 20 Lakes, continuing out & back to Conness Lake. This hike takes place in the Inyo National Forest, Hoover Wilderness, just out of the Yosemite National Park. In fact, the Conness Peak lies on the dividing line between these two areas. The figure 8 loop around Saddle Bag Lake and 20 Lakes brings one to owe of the natural beauty all around the area. This moderate hike, to which we added an out & back segment to Conness Lakes where we were able to observe rock climbers at the Conness Peak. Pretty amazing area.
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    6 days, 9 hours ago
    As always - hiking the Sierra Nevada mountains and lakes provide us with amazing views and beautiful trails. We started this hike at the Silver Lake trailhead, a short distance from the Village of June Lake. The trail ascends immediately, reaching Agnew Lake, from which we continued to Clark Lakes, and ending at 1000 Island Lake at the base of Mount Davis and Munt Ritter and Minarets. where glaciers still exist. The weather was magnificent and there were many backpackers planning to camp near 1000 Island Lake (aka "1000 Tents Lake" as one of them joked to me). I would rate this hike as difficult, mainly due to the long climb, and due to some of the trails not being maintained where we walked on somewhat unstable areas with scree. My stats (Using GAIA GPS) were 15.5 miles and 3,645 Ft of total ascent (out and back hike). Part of the hike was actually on a portion of the PCT!
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    1 month ago
    This hike is a short distance but very steep and unmaintained. Going downhill is more difficult than up, due to slipperiness and large steps off of rocks onto unstable areas. Best for fit people. Gorgeous though!
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    The Laurel Canyon hike is 4.5 miles to the Laurel Lakes and the elevation gain is about 2700 ft. The trail is on an old mining road that hugs Laurel Mountain. I rated the hike only four stars due to the mining road, however the scenery in Laurel Canyon is five star spectacular. The first 1.5 miles is pedestrian as one marches up the moraine. Be careful of the “no-see-ems” as they can be nasty. Then the road takes a turn and the splendor of the canyon is exposed. You will be treated to a magnificent water fall/rapids and the valley is teaming with wildlife. During my hike the mountains were snow capped, the wildflowers in full bloom, adding to the peaceful setting. In summary a wonderful hike.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    I wrote the above description. Enjoy, great trip.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Great hike for beginners
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    This is a beautiful hike, but mosquitos are hatching so be prepared and have proper protection ( head net, deet, ect). There is some snow around 10000 ft. and the trail will be wet in areas.
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    1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Trail is looking great, wet in areas but that shouldn't stop you. Snow fields are still covering trails around 10000 ft. but were being cleared before the T- storms started. Mosquitos are a problem right now due to standing water. Wear proper protection.
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    2 months, 1 week ago
    I wrote the above description. Make sure to check with rangers before going.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    First backpacking trip. Did it solo with all the newbie mistakes and paranoia. Made it to Duck Lake and it was a tough climb up the pass. Ended up feeling the altitude and couldn’t eat and turned back. Hiked all the way back to the car, beat. Rented a hotel for the night and enjoyed a hot epsom bath and dominos pizza. Felt like a failure until I reflected on how much I actually learned. Next trip was much easier, efficient and amazing. Go hike Duck Lake!
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Easy, beautiful hike to Gem Lakes. Walk close to the creek at the beginning, then ascend up some rock steps (~150 feet) and once you get to the top of the incline, go to your left (east) and look down on Mack Lake. Continue down the trail and you can close to the shoreline of Mack Lake. Continue on gently going slight up and slight down-hill... pass the turnoff to Marsh Lake to your left and continue on to beautiful Heart Lake. During the summer it’s usually somewhat crowded here. Continue along the lakeshore and then head uphill until you are overlooking Box Lake. As you continue on towards Long Lake you will have to do a stream crossing... early in the season you will probably get wet... the deeper you get into summer and the snow melt has weakened, you can cross on the rocks rather easily. (There is a possibility that you can take a somewhat defined trail off to your right and get to Long Lake - and hope that the logs someone has placed to cross the creek at Long Lake are still there). After you arrive at Long Lake you will walk near the lake for ~ 0.5 miles then begin another ascent... this is probably the steepest part of the trail... near the top you will see a sign to the left (east) that points you to Chickenfoot Lake. Chickenfoot Lake usually has campers there, it’s a fairly decent size lake so there is plenty of room to still enjoy the peace and quiet. Continuing on... after another 0.5 miles or so, you can see Chickenfoot Lake on your left... as you go along you will see the remains of an old truck frame to your right... Remember, this trail use to be an old mining road back in the day... you will cross one more stream by walking over some specially placed rocks (much easier than the Ling Lake crossing)... you as you start ascending towards Morgan Pass, be on the lookout for a trail to your right... it is right after about 5-10 stair steps... there use to be a sign that pointed you to Gem Lakes, but the last 3-4 times I’ve been to Gem Lakes the sign is nowhere to be found. Go down this path looking to your north (right) and see several small lakes or ponds... then arrive at Gem Lakes and enjoy the magnificent turquoise blue color of the lake. Return the way you came. One additional note, this trail is so popular that if you don’t make it to the trailhead by 0800-ish on summer weekends you will have to park about 0.3 miles down the road. And if you don’t make it there by 0900-ish you might find yourself parking 0.5-0.75 miles (or further) from the trailhead! (I speak from experience!) Weekdays are not quite as bad... you can add an hour to the above times and probably be ok... Have a great hike!
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    I wrote the description above. It gets 4 stars because it's just a great trip that I've done twice. It loses 1 star only because you have to use the shuttle system at Mammoth and because of the distance. I don't know why the track shows what it does. Here's mine: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/6UaTRoudg7dkPL7mOkkOYSZF . Do note that I recorded this route leaving, so it goes from Iva Bell to the trailhead. Distance is 12ish miles with about 2,000 ft gain/loss on the round trip.
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    August 2014
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    4 Months ago, 66, 43 lbs pack. Started in Onion Valley and spent the night at Flower Lake. Over the top to Bullfrog lake, out Whitney. The first day is always difficult, altitude is the culprit. That is why I spend the first night at Flower. The trail is not technically difficult, it it the altitude that will get to you. Once acclimated, then it is not hard, but that takes some time to get there. The lower lakes are wonderful.
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    10 months, 3 weeks ago
    For a short hike, this packed a lot of punch and provided a surprising amount of insight into the lifecycle of the giant sequoias
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    11 months ago
    Dog friendly and easy class 1 trail. It seems that at each switchback the views to the north got better.
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    11 months, 3 weeks ago
    We made this as a first leg of a backpacking trip to the Iva Bell hotsprings. From the Rainbow Falls trailhead all the way down to the valley floor. As soon as the final descent brings down to the Fish Creek, there is a lot of flat relatively open space that works great for making camp. From that location, another 4 miles along the Fish Creek Trail will bring to the hot springs area. The pools take some time to find them, there are use trails that run in the general direction of the pools. Moving up the slope one gets from one pool to the next but not necessarily in a straight line. The pools are warm; some are cleaner than others; they also vary by the quality of the bottom material. It is heavenly to soak in the warm relaxing water and gaze into the vast valley under the deep blue sky. The official trails are well marked and cross many streams. On a sunny dry day in late September, the trail was quite dusty to trod.The Iva Bell hotsprings area seems to be popular - there were at least 3 camping parties and more passing through.
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