Beautiful fall colors and steep mountain cliffs. Far prettier than I expected.
I have skied at Lookout Ski Area, but never knew this place existed. I am so glad we discovered it.
We drove to the trailhead 267 because of time, and found one other truck there. You need 4WD and decent ground clearance to drive to this trailhead. Take the first gravel road as you start into the loop in the road and go past the ski lift. One other couple was there in their Subaru and wisely opted to hike in. My Nissan Armada had all the clearance we needed.
We went mid September and the streams were low enough to rock-hop over so we had no wet feet issues like others have posted. There were also no mosquitos at this time of year.
As others have mentioned, the trail is steep at times from this trail head to the lake. My app showed 826 feet of elevation gain over 1.5miles to the lower lake.
Lots of elk and deer scat but the only wildlife we saw was a wild turkey??
Keep to the right trail when you arrive at the lower lake to get to the upper lake a short distance away. I will go back with my kids on future hiking trips.
Beautiful easy/moderate trail, lots of streams to cross.
This hike is beautiful in the summer. There are lots of wildflowers, moderately impressive views of the valley/peaks, and a lake at the end.
The grade is easy most of the way, and some moderate grade near the lake. Nothing difficult or technical on this trail.
The lake is smaller but beautiful. It is up in a valley so no traces of civilization will be visible from it. There are at least three camp sites near the lake.
This hike is from the lookout pass I-90 exit. Instead of going right to lookout, go left and follow that road a few miles. The first trail head is near the loop around on the road.
There are three trail heads, each successively closer to the lake. They are all on the same trail, just some make the hike shorter. The longest loop trailhead is easy to reach by most cars. The closest trailhead to the lake requires going down some roads that you probably need four wheel drive and decent ground clearance to traverse.
Overall the trail is great. The only two downsides is getting your feet wet several times in the streams, and the poorly mapped trail heads.
First off, the map on the app is incorrect. Take the lookout pass exit and stay to your left, away from the resort area. Follow that road about a mile, take the second right into the curve, it starts off as a really decent road and gets gradually worse from there but it leads to a little roundabout area with a big fire pit. Park there. Walk up the railroad grade and stick to your right, follow the ski signs on the main road going though there. Stay on the road. If you reach the ski lift, you're heading the right direction. (Now a huge majority of the hike to the lake is all up hill.) Follow that road to the trail head. You'll go passed a few large boulders at the opening and you're on the trail. Prepare to get wet. You'll pass over quite a few creeks and a few are fairly deep. Part of the trail in some parts are actually small creeks of snow run off. Lots of snow on the trail as well as of today (June 1, 2016). Lots of bear sign, but no bears to be seen. It's a good hike, it's a good one for a day trip. Lots of cool spots to stop and take pictures. Reminds me a lot of Switzerland the closer to the lake you get. It was a good day trip, lake was icy but made for a great spot to relax and enjoy the trek you took to get there. We swam, so be sure to bring extra dry clothes with you. Lake is a crystal clear icy blue. So pretty. Will do this one again later in the summer for sure.
realativly short hike if following the guide book keep in mind that not all the atv roads are listed in it so u might end up finding a different route then you think but once u see the trail 267 to st. regis lakes its well labeled and pretty much a straight shot the lake is awesome at this point a quarter of a mile after the snow line couldnt make it to the upper lake but was well worth hiking thro the snow to make it to the lake