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Dad took me and the other kids here in the early 90's. I don't think we started at Warren, though... We took a boat down the river and a raft for part. Then we rode up on horseback. I remember shooting his .44 magnum when we got to the lookout.
I also recall fishing (quite successfully!) at a decent sized lake somewhere out here. I was too young to be able to tell you where, though! I'd love to retrace these steps someday!
I think anyone would have considered my dad a real mountain man out here at some point (he was a hunting guide around 1970).
Our 8 mile hike was the perfect distance. The trail is easy to find, you start at the parking lot and walk on the left side of the river the whole time following an easy trail. (don't cross the bridges, different trail) On the hike you'll see a bridge 3.5miles into it. We walked another mile on the left side of the river and we finally saw (across the river) a stream coming down the mountain. We then walked across the river (1.5ft deep) and took our boots off. There's a trail that goes straight up the hill by that stream and it took us right to the hot springs! Two little pools at are nice and warm after a day of hiking. Will be going again!
Luis lake is beautiful, with lots of fish jumping! No bait. 2 fish, size limits etc.
from the entry, you hike a ways and meet up with a logging road. take a left when you emerge and follow the painted rocks. Uphill pretty much all the way there, downhill back. Wear decent shoes or be prepared to take you time to avoid slipping.
Took this as an easier first jump to the more strenuous uphill past Boulder Lake to Anderson Lake. Trail starts easy then gets moderate with switchbacks before leveling at the dam. Ample camping around east end of lake, plenty of water sources for filtering water.
Option: Continue up the trail north of the lake to Anderson Lake. Uphill followed by a downhill to the lake. Decent fishing and swimming as well as jumping on the far side of Anderson.
Great day hike! Definitely not an easy hike but the views are worth the aching knees and glutes! It took us about 2 hrs to hike up and about an hour and a half to get back down with light packs. We were pleasantly surprised to see how much camping space is around the beach area so we're planning on coming back to stay a night. So beautiful!