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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 25, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

Hiked late September. First night cold sleet, then perfect weather. Trail was pretty popular and there’s a reason. Definitely do Imogene lake. The only suggestion, if you are coming from Alice Lake side if not miss the social trail entrance to camp sites along Toxaway. The main trail ascends and there are zero campsites along lake. Other than that issue, it was perfect.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 26, 2020
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Spent 5 nights in the entire area, great way to see everything (38 miles total). The dog did well with all the water sill available. Check out my trail guide/trip report: http://www.girlonahike.com/2020/09/backpacking-alice-toxaway-loop-more.html

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2020
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Amazing trail, some of the most beautiful views I’ve experienced! I did the loop clockwise and recommend that to others because the scenery the last 7 miles or so isn’t as dramatic. The hike over the ridge to see lake imogene is worth it, it’s really beautiful and the shoreline reminded me a little of Lake Tahoe. If you want to explore beyond lake imogene, there is an unofficial trail to the west that will take you to a couple other lakes. I’m excited to go back to the sawtooth to explore further!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 27, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

A great backpacking trip. Recently returned from 3 night backpacking trip in Idaho. I wouldn't have imagined how beautiful and calming it was. Read a lot of reviews about bugs, but had no issues for the last week of August. Will definitely make plans to explore the area more.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 25, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

If you're doing the trail clockwise, go past Alice and camp at Twin Lakes. The spot is stunning and there are plenty of spots.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 15, 2020
HikingGreat!

Awesome backpacking trip. Camped at Alice Lake, Imogene Lake, and Farley Lake. The passes were clear of snow and the trails were in great shape, and surprisingly busy for weekdays, but I think everyone is getting out more to escape COVID. Doing this trip clockwise is definitely easier than counter.

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James Struthers reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 20, 2020
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2 night backpacking trip July 17-19. Very buggy and a few snow crossings. Got a late start on Friday so we camped at Alice lake and Imogene. Both places were insanely busy- not sure if it’s because of covid, more people getting out, or what. If you can push the first day, try camping at Toxaway, rather then busy Alice. Also- when you get to Imogene, cross at the water fall to find camping on the north side; we followed the trail and camped almost at the end of the lake.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 20, 2020
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Hiked counter-clockwise on 6/22/2020. Snow above ~8000ft but not too bad. Made it to the crest of the trail to imogen but the switchbacks on the back seemed less passable than on the south side. Only hiked to the west side of Toxaway then came back. Plenty of people had come from Alice clockwise. They were wet but didn't seem too bad off from snow. 1 major water crossing at my knees (I'm over 6ft). Water shoes would have been helpful. Awesome trip.

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Joan Fabiano reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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Hiking

This a beautiful, rugged and a bit confusing trail at the beginning. The trail turns into a road and you wonder where it went? Keep following the road past the old livestock corral with the small barn Also there are several gates and some blowdown Trail is muddy in some parts Beautiful mountain lake with clear water Hunters are allowed here and I met several elk hunters so it might be a good idea to wear some orange I found it to be a good workout and longer than 8 miles Like our adventures on Facebook, “Apackof2 for the Road” Follow us on Twitter, “apackof2fortherd”

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 5, 2019
Backpacking

Start at Pettit Lake trailhead. Get there early because parking can be hard to find when the day hikers arrive to hike to Alice Lake. There is overflow parking but it adds about a half mile to the beginning and end of the hike. Head towards Toxaway Lake. About 2.3 miles into the trail you will reach the wilderness area boundary and you will need to fill out a permit at the permit box. The permits are free. Continue 6.7 miles for the turn off to Edith Lake. Edith Lake is a great spot to stop and rest or enjoy lunch. Head over the pass to Imogene Lake. This is where we camped night 1. Next head back over the pass towards Toxaway Lake. Toxaway Lake is another great spot to stop and rest. We enjoyed lunch on day 2 on the shore of Toxaway Lake. From Toxaway Lake you will climb again heading to the pass that will lead you to Twin Lakes. The view from the pass might be the best view on this route, so be sure to stop and enjoy it. As you come down from the pass you will work your way to Alice Lake. This is where we set up camp for day 2. From Alice Lake you travel approximately 6 more miles back to the trailhead. Currently there are no fees to enjoy this trail and dogs are allowed on leash. Be sure to LNT. This area is far too beautiful for people to litter.

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Michael Popa reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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we did it.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 28, 2019
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Fantastic experience of a lifetime. Every one of the lakes and passes included in this loop have their own merits. Agree that hiking over any of these passes with a pack is challenging and pre-conditioning is a must. Bugs in late July a nuisance but not too bad. Snow fields mostly gone, no micro spikes needed. Have sandals for a couple of water crossings. Have a filter as exposed dusty conditions are very arid and drying. Be ready for epic sunrise and sunset colors!

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Monte-Christina Iverson reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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Great trail to day hike....a bit of a climb back out but worth it! Beautiful wildflowers and well shaded...

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Myrna Hunt reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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Rachael Yonge reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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Brandyn King reviewed Lower Cannon Lake
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