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I'm a local, grew up 5 mins away from the trail. I LOVE it. It steep until you get to Surprise Lake. At the end it's a little tricky. You will see a lake and think you made it, but its Cat Lake. I do recall a sign that was there explaining it. Go further up and you will find upper Cataract. There are camping spots around the lake and it's the at the base of Eagle's Nest (Most locals call it Sleeping Indian). An Awesome view the whole way up!!
Unintentionally did this trail this past Sunday, and I don't think a more beautiful place exists than Odessa Lake. I was truly in awe of the cascading peaks surrounding the lake and the crystal clear, blue water. This is a hike that you will not regret and only the first 3.5 miles are up hill. Everything from the descent down to Odessa to Fern Lake is downhill. Be prepared for about a 9.5 mile hike!
I did this yesterday solo! This was my 1st 14'er.11.02 miles round trip starting at Summit Lake up Mt. Spaulding and around the ridge to the Mt. Evans Summit and down via the road back to the parking lot. The views of Summit Lake, Sawtooth Ridge and Abyss Lake are incredible and not to mention on a clear day like I had you can see at least 5 identifiable 14'ers from up there. I also saw Big Horn Sheep, Coyotes, Mountain Goats and Mule Deer all on this trail. This is a difficult, rocky, exposed and very steep climb, Yes, make no mistake you are climbing a 14'er on this trail. Take proper clothing and gear and always be prepared, it's better to have the gear and not need it than to need it and not have it. This is a serious climb! Upon returning to the parking lot at around sunset the Alpine Rescue Team was mustering and going to search for a missing woman on this mountain. Temperatures were dropping rapidly at sunset, 44° when I got to the bottom and dropping fast. I sure hope they found her! Weather can change rapidly at these elevations and getting in trouble can happen fast. Be prepared! All in all I had an amazing day! Just me and the mountain! Amazing! I cant wait to do it again!