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hiking
23 hours ago

Great hike. Lots of terrain change and scenery was unbelievably colorful. Reg. Repeat

Beautiful hike w the fall colors- lots of changing terrain keeps it interesting. Ate lunch at small sandy beach looking out over the lake. Loved this hike will definitely do it again.

backpacking
1 day ago

awesome hike!

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike with epic waterfalls!

Slightly aggressive if you go off the main to save some time. Lower lake is clear and cold with nice views.

backpacking
13 days ago

Did this trail as an overnight. Saw a few other hikers and Hunters. Everyone was very polite and had great trail etiquette.
The hike itself is a constant incline so if anyone you are going with isn't in decent shape it will be strenuous and potentially slow going. The views are totally worth it a highly recommend. There is a bear box provided which was very appreciated. At the lake there are limited options for pitching a tent so get there first if it's a popular weekend.

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful hike on a pleasant September Sunday. The first 1/3 of the hike is considered easy with little elevation gain on a mostly wide and well-maintained trail. The 2nd 1/3 is a little steeper and you hike through various granite plateaus, but still easy to walk on. I would classify that section “moderate”. Make sure you follow the rock cairns carefully as it is easy to get lost on the trail! At the end of that 2nd 1/3, you will have a gorgeous view onto chimney rock and the valley you just climbed through. You can easily call it quits there and forgo the last strenuous and a little dangerous part of the hike as it is stunning right then and there. The last section gets a little tricky and is only for experienced hikers: you literally have to climb through a field of gigantic boulders and you have to make sure you don’t slip and fall through the cracks. I do not recommend bringing your dog up to that section! And don’t forget to bring your hiking poles! Once at the top, you get rewarded with even more beautiful views over the front and also the back valley. And if you are brave enough, you can even climb along the back edge of the rock and find the view over Priest Lake; however, we chickened out after about 100 feet as it got too steep and we didn’t want to risk falling off the cliff and having to be rescued….it’s not for weak nerves!
The length of the trail is closer to 12 miles overall per our tracking device. 4 hours up (including lots of breaks for pictures and some snacks) and 2.5 hours down.

backpacking
19 days ago

Amazing!

horseback riding
19 days ago

Awesone trail for horses. Made it into Snow Lake in just under 2 hours. Nice trail all the way in.

Great trail! Fantastic views and well maintained. Bead Lake is beautiful.

Great hike! I would say this is on the harder side of moderate. But worth the uphill climb.

backpacking
22 days ago

Hiked to the Blossom Lakes 8/31/18 and it was awesome! My father in law is preparing to go hike the Appalachian Trail and wanted to go out and test his gear. We planned to stay at the lower lake, but when we got there, there were two groups of people already at the main spots when the trail hits the lake. We saw another spot on the far end of the lake that we headed to via the upper lake trail to try to find a way down. We didn’t find a trail down, but ended up at the upper lake. There was a really nice camping area with fire pits, tables, toilet seat, and a string to hang food. Highly recommend. We went up on a Friday and only saw a few people hiking out and those that were already there setup. The upper lake was empty..... until 1230 at night when we woke up to loud banging and metal pounding for the far end of the lake. Someone must have hiked up in the dark. Seems weird, but they settled down after a while. We did encounter a large female moose on the upper lake trail who grunted at us as she moved far enough away for us to pass. We came down on a Saturday. Trail was full of day hikers headed up. We left just in time. Took 1hr 45min to hike up. 1hr 25min down. Lots of fish in the upper lake. I had a lot of bites from little ones. Next time I think I’ll bring different gear to get further out where the bigger fish were jumping.

trail running
24 days ago

Steady grade up. Take a dip in the river at the bottom.

what a beautiful hike! will definitely be going again...maybe when the weather is warmer so we can take a dip in the lake.

28 days ago

Great trail, moderate hike but long

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty lake and nice trail leading up to it, much of it near/along the creek. It is quite steep so it will definitely get the blood pumping. We didn’t spend much time exploring at the lake, but there were multiple camping spots that all looked pretty good right when you arrive. We saw some folks at the far end of the lower lake swimming and I think camping too. There were still a few pockets of snow nestled in some of surrounding peaks and this was early August. All in all, great hike to a cute little lake. We did this Sunday early afternoon and the trail was well traveled. We ran into at least 6 other parties + we could see others already at the lake.

backpacking
1 month ago

great hike and very gradual elevation gain. there are excellent place to camp and the snow is pretty much gone. I would recommend a fly pole because there is plenty of good fishing.

Loved this hike. The first 1.25 miles in to Pyramid Lake is really easy and the lake is gorgeous. Then you can hike up above it to Ball Lakes, and the view of Pyramid Lake on that trail is stunning. This part of the trail is steeper and pretty rocky. Ball Lakes look similar to Pyramid. I will definitely be back.

Excellent well kept trail, we clocked 11.2 miles round trip, trail is only steep in a very few spots, still a couple of streams out of the two lakes with pretty good flows even in late August. Snow Lake was beautiful and high up huckleberries were tasty! A fantastic day.

Amazing hike gorgeous views (even with all the smoke). Did some fishing at ball lake. would be a perfect fly fishing spot. Pyramid lake had some flat camp spots. would love to camp next time we go up.

Road is still closed. They have equipment blocking the road. It’s also torn up on the other side.

Fantastic views! Lots of neat coves and hidden campsites ;) Great mix of difficulty!

Nice hike and was able to hike up to lower ball lake with a 1 year old and 2 month old. when we went there was a little bit of snow once we got past pyramid lake but it was easy to get by. it was a bit chilly, definitely not warm enough to jump in and swim though I can see how ball lake would be a great spot if the weather is right. saw a few backpackers that were hiking in to camp. looked like a lot of fun!!

For us this was just okay. There are a few camps close to the trailhead, each with 20 piles of toilet paper and beer cans in the fire rings. The extreme numbers of yellow jackets were also a problem, you couldn't stop for more than a minute without being swarmed. Would be a fun snow shoe I bet.

This hike was amazing!!!!!!
I highly recommend this hike to anyone who wants to fish or hike two to 3miles. It was a beautiful trail. If you are looking for a good up hill trail, that is well worth walking, you just found it.

Great hike, but the trail above the lake is a little bit overgrown (still easy to follow though).

8/16/18- Easy hike up and run down, put in 8.45 miles going to both lower and upper Blossom Lakes. Trail to upper is a little overgrown in areas but not bad. Upper lake is a little more marshy then Lower, both have great campsites. Will be back for overnighting and to hit Pear Lake as well.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fairly easy hike. The river crossings and the overgrowth make it more difficult than it needs to be. There is a nice campsite next to a waterfall about 2 1/2 miles in. The lake itself is beautiful. It was so clear, I could see the fish swimming in it. It took my daughter and I about three hours to hike to the lake and 2 1/2 hours to get back to the parking lot. I think this app underestimates the distance. It’s more like 13 miles total.

Pros: Easy hike to lake, sheltered, surrounding mountains are accessible without too much scrambling
Cons: Lake Darling itself is, in my opinion , underwhelming, and mosquitos can be a big problem
I did this hike in 2013 Summer, for a group overnight backpacking trip. It was selected due to ease of access, but I was , overall, not impressed. The driving to the trail head took a while, and the trail was relatively easy, with gradual incline, but our stay at the lake itself was rather unpleasant. Despite being a higher elevation lake, Lake Darling is effectively a flooded meadow, and a good part of the shore is grassy and moist. Too many of the potential camp sites are in this grassy area, and we experienced a ton of Mosquitos at night, and I ended up getting Giardia from the muddy water, despite thinking it was purifed (we did run it through filters). The area also lacks some of the magnificent rock-fall that makes so many Idaho Lakes appealing, so in my opinion, there are much better options for hiking to lakes in the region. 2/5 stars.

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