I remember hiking Grassi Lakes in the springtime in the 1990s. The parking lot had just a few cars, the trailhead sign always had a bear warning sign stapled to it. You could enjoy a peaceful time in the woods. I revisited Grassi Lakes with my sister's family this August, we made it to the trailhead parking just before lunchtime. There was no parking in the lot, there was attempts by visitors to parallel park on the road causing the road to be plugged and turning a fairly wide road into a one way street.
The best way to go is the more difficult way up and the easy way down. Especially on busy weekends the congestion on the way up would be less intense. The lakes are beautiful and have not changed a bit. We continued on the climb up to the Smith Dorien Road to the lake at the top. It is very windy up there! It is very important to stick to the marked "staircase" trail to avoid dislodging any rocks that would fall toward the crowd sitting along the lakeshore. I noticed many folks unprepared wearing flip flops and not carrying water etc. Flip flops and sandals are unacceptable. But then this is the case any popular tourist trail spot.
Overall it was a wonderful day to a familiar place to bring back memories of my young days and spend time with family.
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