hiking

mountain biking

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hot springs

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on Kirkham Hot Springs

8 days ago

Nice break from driving. A bit crowded even in September.

on Kirkham Hot Springs

8 days ago

Nice day to relax at the hot springs

Very beautiful

One of my favorite hikes!
It is at the top of a mountain, so when we went in July, 2014 and there was still snow!
Soooo many wild flowers, and greenery everywhere! When you go be sure to cross the road on the opposite side of the parking lot so you don't miss even more Incredible views!
The lake is small enough to hike around and play on.

This was an awesome hike! It was challenging enough for my 2 kids (2 and 5 years old) to keep it interesting but easy enough they could do it with minimal breaks. We took both of our dogs as well and they had a blast! The lake is beautiful!! There are also bathrooms at the trailhead which is great when you have kids!

Nice hike with some good views of the valley. No shade to speak of, so be aware of that in warm weather.

Very easy paths with a lot of bikers. A nice place to walk around a bit.

Easy downhill to the river followed by about 50 feet of minor wading around the corner to the hot spring. About 10 feet past the hot spring, you can climb up and get about a six foot jump into the river. The hot/cold contrast is perfect any day.

excellent view and great for all ages!!

backpacking
1 month ago

So many lakes to see!!!
Just make sure that time is not of the essence for this loop. Had 4 days to finish this loop so it was very hard to enjoy what Sawtooth had to offer.
Sawtooth Lake was by far my favorite lake - the initial view from the top if you're hiking from Grandjean is phenomenal.
The Cramer lakes are another great spot to definitely spend some time. Just simply beautiful.
Most of the lakes after Edna look pretty much the same, incredibly, but same.
Hiking back to the Grandjean from Elk Lake was very stale. Approximately 13 miles from Elk lake back to Grandjean and not much to see...
I recorded 65+ miles than the 63 that was posted so keep in mind you may be doing an extra 5-8 miles.
Ultimately, I would not do this hike again. I saw what needed to be seen. I loved every second of it, and wished I had more than 4 days to do it but this is life.

backpacking
1 month ago

beautiful hike and lake. Perfect for beginning backpacking. Amazing wildflowers and lots of hidden ponds Plenty of great camping spots around the lake

Only downside is it is VERY crowded on the weekends. I believe it is a boy scout favorite. I want to go again during the week so it has more of that backcountry feel

backpacking
1 month ago

Wonderful hike. Steep hike in but worth the view! The wild flowers were breathtaking and the lakes are crystal clear.

1 month ago

Easy hike with lots of wildflowers.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a great hike. Not too difficult if you watch your step. Amazing views!

Didn't make it up in my little car.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're sensitive to getting car sick, the ride to the trail head is a little rough..but, the views throughout the hike and of the lake, a little fishing, and some cliff jumping definitely made it worth the drive! Absolutely stunning!