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Super windy at Emerald but worth it! The hike from Dream Lake up to Emerald would recommend microspikes and poles, the rest of the hike was snow pack and beautiful. Got there early expecting a crowd, got back to trail head around 10:30 and the parking lot was barely half full.
A decent hike near a beautiful lake. You have to buy an $8 recreation pass at the local marina (or elsewhere). The attendant at the marina won't take cards unless you spend at least $10. The trail itself is winding, mostly unmarked, and easy to lose and find again with the lake on one side.
Just hiked up to Silver Lake on Saturday, Dec 3. Lots of snow, so snow shoes were a must. Thankfully some back country skiers knew the trail well (mostly) and had it tracked about an hour before I started. It was pretty deep snow in some places (up to my waist) and the snow shoes helped, but it was pretty strenuous. The views, even in the winter, are spectacular!!!
Awesome hike! we backpacked in and camped the first night and completed the rest of the trail the next day. This trail is definitely challenging, even before you get to the skyline trailhead. But it's nothing that can't be done! and it is well worth it. There are some amazing views along the way and plenty of decent water crossings to pump water if you need to. It's a great opportunity to get away, it was very quiet in most parts and we saw some wildlife including a white tail deer that came through our campsite early in the morning.
We hiked this route south to north. A beautiful area with little foot traffic on the Southern part of the route. I loved the long wondering meadows that took control of the first day of hiking. Day one is a bit long and a pretty strenuous climb over Mist Creek Pass. After reaching the Lamar Valley we came across numerous horse parties that had effectively destroyed the trails in the wet week we went. Unfortunately we only came across wolf and bear sign and never saw any animals. Not a beginners hike for the back country but absolutely worth the effort.
Read some reviews that were very negative. Almost stopped us from going. We found the main trail easy to follow. We did not need a seeing eye dog. look around and pay attention. Trail markers are an upright with arrors to keep you going in the correct direction. No major trash as reported. Yes there was some litter near the river. Did come across some soda cans which when we return to park with trash bags will retrieve. Scenery is very beautiful. Did not see anything but some birds. Nice walking trail.