Although at some points it was pretty steep, it was a really nice hike. Recent rain storms have made the soil of some parts of the trail damp which creates a slipping hazard. Watch your footing and use trekking poles if you have them. Some parts I even had to do a bit of scrambling. Also not there are a few large fallen trees on the trail but they aren't too hard to get past. Be mindful of the altitude too! If you start getting a headache, turn back!
The views at the top of the mountain are fantastic. I loved this view of the twin peaks mountains. In the end, there's a lot of reward for such a short hike.
I had planned on doing an easy hike, but accidentally pulled off the road a bit earlier than I should have. This hike was really beautiful, the leaves had changed and the first 2 miles was a steady incline but the last half mile was a little more difficult. It was a great hike even though not the one I originally wanted. I saw 3 deer on the way down.
Very steep hike but well worth it. 360 degree views from the top and a couple of cool mines and broken down mining shacks. I definitely passed where the trail splits off for Kessler Peak because it really does just look like a stream bed so pay attention.
Awesome hike! Steep but nothing too extreme. Initially followed the Donut Falls trail until a fork to the Cardiff Road...actually had to head down the old mine road towards the trailhead a bit to meet up with the Kessler trail. Trail was extremely overgrown for probably the first mile or so. I completed the hike the third week of June and there was still some snow in a couple of spots which made things a little sketchy. Getting to the summit wasn't bad. There are some spots with fairly loose rock and steep drops, so watching your footing is key in those areas. Views from the top are fantastic!
Roz D. on Dog Lake Mill D North Fork Trail
it was a great hike in. came across some moose on the left side of the trail on the hike in. saw signs of bear activity in the area with some skat but other than that decent hike. My 7 year old was able to complete it with a few stops on the way of course
Beautiful hike with a gentle incline most of the way. My hiking partner needed to rest a little throughout the last half mile - it gets steeper. We started the trail around 545am and we could hear the flies but they were not a nuisance that early in the day. Excited to hike the Butler Fork route to this little lake sometime soon.
A wonderful hike. We followed the trail up to both mines and then took the ridge line up to Solitude boundary line on top of the Honeycomb Cliffs. It was a good scramble to the top from there. The views are amazing; you can see down both canyons and across at all the other awesome peaks.
Katie P. on Dog Lake Mill D North Fork Trail
This is such a pretty hike. There were wildflowers in bloom all along the trail. The last .5 mile or so after the junction for the Desolation trail is the steepest part of the trail. The lake isn’t very big and the closer I got to it, the more annoying the flies became. But it was nice to sit on a log in the shade overlooking the lake and have a snack before heading back down.
Such a beautiful trail with a fair amount of wildflowers, aspens, the sound of a stream most of the way...and many, many bugs (none of them biting, fortunately, just TONS of flies). The trail gets quite a bit of sun between about 10:00am and 3:00pm in the summer, but is perfect for early morning and late afternoon and evening. It's a consistent uphill climb, so you will certainly feel like you're getting your exercise!