We hiked into Lake Wapiki 7/15/16 & did a side hike to Lemei Rock. The trail had recently been cleared of blow downs. It was in the upper 80s in Trout Lake, but in the 60s with a steady cool breeze at the lake and higher. Some horse flies near the trail head, but overall very few bugs for this time of year.
The lake is beautiful with many good campsites. Lots of frogs, toads, tadpoles, & salamanders. The water was warm. We didn't see any fish rising.
The trail is fairly steep, particularly for the last mile or so into the lake and up to the crater rim. Views up there of Adams & Hood were amazing. Other peaks were in the mist.
There is no water at all along the trail, so carry plenty.
Wait until mid to late summer to do this trail. We tried to hike it in early June and were unsuccessful due to snow. We got about 2.5 miles in, we believe about .5 miles from Wapiki Lake, and finally had to turn back because the snow had gotten too deep and since it was sunny the snow was soft and we would sink to our knees on every step. Overall the trail is a very moderate, steady climb with a few steeper parts, we didn't get high enough to see views of anything. On the way back down we took the Filloon trail back to the road then hiked down the gravel road back to the car. This added almost 2 miles to our shortened hike. Beware of mosquitoes, there were a few on this hike but I've been told it gets much worse in the summer.
My oldest and I did an overnight backpacking trip and started at Trail Head to Placid Lake. Pretty nice trail with a few "bumps" along the way. Placid Lake was a nice lake but with the summer in full swing the waters seemed low. Pretty area. There was a family camping along the lakes shore. The mosquitos weren't very bad here but each day proves a new day and the mosquitos may have simply been full :)