Yes, more like 4 miles in and 8 round trip. Climbing the whole time, but has some pretty good switchback trails. With some rest stops, it's doable. The lake is a gorgeous gift at the end and you won't want to leave. Beautiful valleys and views of the mountains that you'll want a camera for. Trail head start is clearly marked with a parking area. Water available all over along the trail so if you have a filtration system bring it to alleviate the load. Not well travelled, you may encounter one person, if that especially if you go on a week day. So worth it!
We backpacked this trail during the first week of June 2016. The high lakes basin of the Eagle Cap Wilderness was still snowed in but this trail was open. The first couple of miles were brushy but then it opened out into rock fields, Old Growth forest and meadows. There was a forest fire in the first two miles which is partly why its brushy. We only saw two other parties, from a distance, for the three days we were there. A friendly doe followed us for a bit. The wildflowers were fantastic!
One of my favorites! Phenomenal views from the top peak! I would classify this as an intermediate to difficult hike. Hike to base is pretty lengthy through the valley...Several switchbacks if you can find them...most of the time I made my own path. Lots of loose rocks some points I was hiking on all fours. Ridge path was well worn and easy to traverse!
Proper hiking gear required. Partner, Backpack, lots of water (exposed hike~hot in warmer months) hiking shoes, change of socks (powdery dirt causes severe blisters) hat, walking stick, band aids, snacks to power up, toilet paper(baggies for trash)~anything else u might need on a long hike!
As always~pack out what you pack in... Take nothing and leave nothing! Signatures not appreciated!
This is a 4 mile trail each direction. Scenery is beautiful, lots of wildlife. I usually see goats on the rocks above lakes, but not today. Alternate trail in starts at marble pass where road 7240 crosses the Elkhorn crest trail, this keeps you on the ridge until directly above lakes then steep descent into lakes themselves. This trail gives great overlooks of the Baker valley, and Phillips reservoir, along with the Sumpter valley.
From historic Sumpter to the beautiful mountains, this trail in beautiful Eastern Oregon has it all. Be sure to allow enough time to spend in Sumpter. Named after Fort Sumpter, it has historic, quaint, a splash of modern and scenery in every direction.