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    Great rhodies blooming for the first mile or so. Then steeper and steeper, wrapping around the mountain and stellar mountain views highe up. Phol Hall bench has great mountain view.
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    3 weeks, 2 days ago
    This is a very nicely maintained loop trail with several bridges and creeks to cross. Traveling clockwise gets a considerable elevation gain completed early while adding the Viewpoint trail near the mid-point gets hikers a great vista of Lake Chapman and helps achieve a “destination” aspect to the loop hike. With the Viewpoint side trip, the hike ends up being approximately 7 miles with an overall elevation gain of roughly 1800 feet. Look for a troll under one of the bridges in the loop in order to add interest for little hikers. Overall this hike is a very enjoyable trip through the woods with nice visual elements along the way.
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    3 weeks, 2 days ago
    This trail is very well maintained but heavily traveled. The view is incredible and getting to the lake is an easy to moderate ascent with a few roots and loose rocks to navigate around. Overall, this has been one of my favorite hikes this year.
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    3 weeks, 3 days ago
    One of the best hikes in the area to get an unbelievable view of Crescent Lake and check out a cool WWII lookout. We started hiking around 1 pm and came back around 5:45 pm. On our way up, we saw a few people coming down, but on the way down we were completely alone. I’m shocked we saw less than 10 people on this hike during Memorial Day. Around mile 2, you’ll cross a small gully - beware of your footing. Once you cross it, the elevation starts to climb and you’ll start to sweat. Bring bug spray - the bugs were pretty brutal at the top since there wasn’t much wind.
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    4 weeks ago
    This is a surprisingly nice little hike. The rushing creeks and small waterfalls at the top of the hike are the highlight.
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    1 month, 1 week ago
    Rialto is a beautiful beach. Love to come here with the kids and look for interesting rocks. We started out with lots of beautiful sunshine, the weather turned gray on our way back from Hole in the Wall.
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Christmas day hike 2018. Stopped raining as we got to the trail about 8:30 am. Trail clockwise has a 2 small trees over trail, easy to step over. We started up to the look out, patchy snow then at the 5th switchback consistent 1-2" of trampled snow, this is the old logging road so easy to navigate. We turned around at the arrow sign as micro spikes would be best from there on up. Coming down there were more trees down, easy to scramble over, about 7 more trees. All in all a good hike to get the heart rate up and breath some clean air. Saw a Cushman security truck pass by the parking lot. Only one car when we started and 3 when we returned. I recommend water proof shoes, hiking poles, gaiters and 10 essentials. Always be prepared for rain and layer up. We hiked almost 6 miles, moving time 3.10, average speed 25 mph. You make up time on the way down:) Good half day hike and dogs are allowed.
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    8 months, 1 week ago
    Great hike for someone not able to do a strenuous hike, but wants to get some good elevation. You can drive up to over 5000’ and then hike a relatively easy grade as far as you like.
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    8 months, 2 weeks ago
    Closed in by weather and fresh snow above 4000 ft. Good trail conditions except slippery above the snowline where snow remained on the trail.
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    9 months, 2 weeks ago
    A great backpacking trip that follows the river though the valley with elevation gain stretched over many miles. Ample campsites at the end and requires a permit and bear canister to hike. The chalet was moved back due to the receding river bank and will most likely need to be moved again. Rangers were camped back in the valley checking permits. This is a perfect hike to do with friends, especially if they enjoy a variety of tree species. Break up the mileage by camping in designated campsites along the way.
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    10 months ago
    I've hiked up Rialto Beach a few times, and always enjoy it. I think my favorite part is the skeleton trees early on—super eerie and beautiful, and sort of unique looking. This is a great walk with kids, or an easy backpacking trip if you don't want to go too far, or are new to backpacking. I personally prefer Second Beach not too far away, but if you have time, see 'em both!
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