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Took our 2 year old on this hike and he made it about a quarter to a third of the way on his own before he got tired. Although that may have been because it was getting late. It was about 7 pm when we started the hike. Either way it was a great hike. Very fun and quick even with a two year old.

Loved the view of Pfeifferhorn , one lake was dry but still beautiful.

Great hike this time of year, be aware THE LAKE HAS NOT BEEN DRAINED. The water levels can get low this time of year especially with dry conditions, but Red Pine and White Pine do have water in them.

So beautiful along the whole trail. Amazing flowers and plenty of shade. Easy for small kids.

6 days ago

I hiked up this morning. Be forewarned - they have drained the lake. It is currently a much smaller, much less attractive lake. I'd skip hiking here until it is refilled. And I don't know when that will be.

Tough hike. I took my 10 year old daughter on her first overnight backpacking trip. This was definitely a tough hike. Great fishing.

12 days ago

Amazing trail. Morning is definitely the time to go. It’s gradual at the beginning and gets very steep at the top. There were only a few good flat sites at the top for a tent, though.

We followed the AllTrails directions and ended up 1.8 miles from the trail head. We started walking and realized there was a road below the trail we were on - so circled back to the car and followed the map and ended ip at the right trailhead. The hike is hard because it is so steep. Views are beautiful and the lake is Amazing. not a hike for beginners, this one kicked our butts. But now one of our favorites! .

14 days ago

Gorgeous area. I’ve done it in the summer and winter.

Great workout on the way up to lake. Shaded mostly with steady incline.

15 days ago

Beautiful views and great hike.

Here’s a hike that definitely earned its rating. Absolutely beautiful, though, and very rewarding. The majority of the trail is well shaded, so any time of day is good to tackle this hike.

Shady, nice trail.

This trail was super steep. I think based on other trails around here, I’m feeling like this should be rated hard. Beautiful views and awesome lakes!

17 days ago

Well... we went to hike Lackawaxen but not too far into the hike we came upon a lake. It was Blood Lake. I get my trusty Alltrails trail out and see we arent even on the right trail. However, this became a lovely loop to Lackawaxen. For 1 the Lackawaxen trail is STEEP at the beginning. My knees were killing me coming down it so depending which way you would rather do the loop think of those things. If you want to go up the steep part take the trail to the right that goes up a steep incline if you want to sneak up on Lackawaxen from Blood Lake take the flat trail to the left. Once at Blood Lake keep following the lake around and you will see a trail heading up. Take that up and you will come to a clearing and pass under power lines. Keep following that trail to Lackawaxen. If you see boulders you cross them and the lake is a stones throw away. I am glad we went the wrong way mostly because the beginning is steep and 2 the views! Yeah you get the views coming up but some of the best ones will be at your back. If you come up this way be sure to stop a lot and turn around.

I love, love, love this trail! The flowers are fading, but the beautiful forest setting is reason enough to take this hike. I love making a loop out of this trail by hiking to Dog Lake via Big Water, but coming down via Little Water. The flowers in Little Water were still very much in bloom when I last hiked it on July 29.

21 days ago

There were some steep, loose areas that made it pretty challenging with a toddler in my carrier, but the breeze, some shade, and little traffic made it a wonderful Sunday. The wildflowers were bright, and the lake offered a great resting place. We wrapped around to Blood Lake, which was booming with people.

21 days ago

Great trail! Slightly rocky in some areas. Great for all ages.

We hiked up to Red Pine. We started at 5:30am and the parking lot was pretty full. The water level was really low. We passed a lot of people when we headed down. We then took the trail over to Maybird. There was a lot less people. Maybird water level wasn’t low. Beautiful hike to both lakes.

This hike is very fun, but make sure you know the area or pay for the all trails app (not just use the free one) it is not a well marked path. The hike is very beautiful and the small lake is beautiful, especially with the little island in the middle.

Beautiful trail with very little traffic, even on a Saturday!

24 days ago

Perfect hike for kids. I do this one in the evening on week nights and I’m usually one of the only ones up there. All trails isn’t very accurate on the map, just make sure to follow the markers. Bring bug spray

24 days ago

Perfect amount of challenge and distance. Head up early morning and you’ll avoid a lot of the crowds. Water is low right now but still beautiful none the less!

This is the most beautiful trail I've hiked so far this year. My first time and I was amazed at what surrounded me. It's an easy hike and a very lightly traveled trail compared to Red Pine or White Pine. The lakes aren't much to look at but there are awesome views with Pfeifferhorn as a backdrop.

24 days ago

Definitely on the harder side and it was swarming with mosquitoes but the views were incredible.

Great trail that will give you a nice workout. The wild flowers are out now and give a nice added touch of color to the mountain trail. Dog Lake is more of a big pond and not as picturesque as other mountain lakes I've hiked to and it's rightly named: lots of playful pups enjoying the hike. Hop the trail on even days if you'd prefer a hike without dodging dogs and their droppings.

great, easy hike. We accidentally went during the wildflower festival or whatever it's called, so the trail was very busy.... the flowers were beautiful, and the lake was pretty (and small). we saw some deer, pika, and lots of birds including a red-necked sapsuckers, stellar jays, and Lincoln sparrow. We started at Silver lake, and that was a beautiful spot too. :) great trail for kids!!

26 days ago

Completed this loop July 21st-23rd 2018. Two nights and about two and half days total hiking, with campsites at South Cascade Fork and Surprise Lake (slight detour). I logged about 40 miles total with the 6 mile total side trip to Surprise/Amphitheater Lakes, so the Alltrails mileage is a bit off.
A few notes:
Teton Crest Trail (North to South)- Plenty of amazing campsites along the South Cascade Fork. Two short snowfields left to cross or detour around. Amazing view of the three Tetons from the top of the pass. Crosses into Alaska Basin (National Forest territory), where there is also dispersed camping around Sunset Lake. Wish I would have known that going in but oh well. :)
Alaska Basin Shelf Trail- This is where it got tricky. There were about 10 large snow fields to cross where there were no decent detour options. Over Buck Mountain Pass you think you're done but oh no, there's a massive steep snow field that wraps around the basin leading up to Static Divide. Spikes and an ice ax would have made my life a lot easier here. Crossed it and a few smaller ones to get up to Static Divide. If you have a spare 15-20 min, go ahead and bag Buck Mountain right off the divide. Gorgeous views, and steep switchbacks with some snowpack left going down.

All other trails were smooth sailing. Overall, a stunning hike and awesome backpacking experience. Definitely coming back to hike the whole Teton Crest Trail next.

very rocky, fun hike, steeper than I expected

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