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Agree with the pothole descriptions and the rating. Did a trail run there in October in the rain so I missed the flowers, but only bumped into 2 people (with rifles, wear orange!) over the 10+ miles. Trail is nicely groomed and easy to find once parked however to clarify; it starts on the opposite side of the parking. Don't be confused about left and right in the description. No wildlife to see other than birds however that could be secondary to people shooting. If you are looking for views, don't go when the fog and rain set in. Overall, good trail. Enjoy!
I did this hike on September 10th. The drive up to the trailhead was sketchy but not horrible. I made it up in a Honda Civic. The weather was perfect and there wasn't too many people on the trail. The hike up to Lunch Counter took about 4 hours and wasn't too difficult. It was actually easier and more pleasant than I thought it would be.
We camped up at LC and watched the sunset, which was breathtaking. It got very cold and windy at night but the whiskey helped warm us up. I have never seen so many stars in my life. It was so surreal. I definitely want to go back and camp again- I highly recommend it!
We left our tent and some of our stuff and headed up for the summit the next morning. From there on, we were hiking on snow with our crampons. It was long and grueling. I forgot to pack my sunblock which was a huge mistake. I ended up with bad sunburn on my face. While hiking up the steep snowfields, there was a lot of steam coming out of the mountain. So much, that it blocked the sun a few times. It was such an amazing thing to see.
Once we got to the false summit, I saw how much further up we had to go, and I actually wanted to turn back. Luckily, my friend convinced me to keep going. It actually looks a lot worse than it really is. That last hill didn't take long at all and I made it to the summit. The view from the summit was pretty cool, but I've seen better ;) Actually it didn't all sink in until the next day, and it get like such a great accomplishment.
When we made our descent down the snowfields, we used the glissade chutes, which were SUPER icy. I lost my ice axe and had to use my trekking poles. It was super scary, but we saved so much time coming down. We broke down the tent and made our way back down.
I think all together it took us 14 or 15 hours. I highly recommend this climb. It was the most memorable mountain adventure I've ever had!
Easy hike, but worth it. There are several falls before the lake, the lake is serene and pretty. There is a fire ring at the lake. This trail actually has a TH on FS 8420 and one on FS 8440. It also intersects with #251. Didn't see or hear anybody, but there were dirt bike tracks on the trail.
Definitely happy my friend had her truck no way would a regular car make it up to this trail head , however big advantage is it felt like the whole mountain was yours we only saw someone one time and they were leaving the path. You could make this into a short hike or keep wandering and connect to other trails and make it into a longer hike. Bring shoes with decent traction because a lot of the path is covered in lose rocks so coming back down trail you might have to take it little slower . Short hike up and you have an amazing view !