This hike is BEAUTIFUL.
We did it 2 years ago in September.
Took us 6 hours round trip with a 20 minute stop at the lake and a 40 minute stop at the summit. If you do not intend to do the summit hike, then I'd rate this as easy to moderate. It's decently busy until the treeline. Once past the tree line, I think we saw 4 sets of people the entire remainder of the hike. Pack layers!!!! Once you reach the switch backs it gets quite chilly. There's a false summit. You won't see the true summit until you're past the first peak. PLEASE PRESS ON! So worth the extra time and effort to reach the true summit. The view is incomparable. The majority of the hike after the tree line is loose rock/scree. We accomplished it in hiking shoes but I highly suggest boots. I personally hate poles, but if you use them, this would be a good hike to bring them on. I don't suggest this hike for children unless they're experienced climbers due to the slight scramble right at the summit and loose stones at the very top. GREAT hike for begginer hikers as long as they have endurance and are looking for a challenge. Perfect hike for experienced hikers looking for the ultimate view. I 100% recommend this summit hike to everyone. So, so rewarding.