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the scenery is gorgeous, the air smells like christmas candles as you climb. First 3/4 of the trail are easy slow climb, after that it turns into more intense switchbacks. Very snowy and slippery at the top, so wear appropriate footwear. If you have removable krampons or hiking poles I would suggest those for the top portion as I saw lots of people fall and almost fell myself a number of times. I even saw a lady with a sprained ankle being carried down by her husband. Bring lots of layers so that you can take off as you ascend and then put back on as you descend. This time of year when we got to the top at 2:10 the sun was already set on the lake so get an early start, aim to be at the top for noon. Amazing view, so worth it!

hiking
2 days ago

Stunning hike! Highly recommend. The drive up is pretty rough but it’s worth it.

Winter wonderland! Don’t forget your spikes for the last half of the trail.

hiking
3 days ago

It took about 2h30m getting to the lake and 1h30m going down for my team. It was so windy at the lake while we got there (about 2pm).

hiking
3 days ago

Too many insects/bugs during hike.

Winter wonderland! Over a foot of snow everywhere! Make sure you bring micro-spikes and hiking poles. Some spots get very slippery. The most beautiful wonder hike I have done so far. (Oh and wear waterproof shoes)

hiking
6 days ago

this hike from trail head to lake only about 3 miles one way. easy and pretty.

hiking
11 days ago

Unfortunately there was too much water to cross one of the waterfalls that had developed due to the rain lately. We were one of four groups that doubled back. Seems like it would be beautiful based on the first 30 minutes though!

Did this with two kids ages 4 & 8, they loved it. Definitely stop at bench lake first. Lots of bear tracks/scat so be aware.

Gorgeous views, especially on a clear fall day. It was pretty crowded on the trail, but we did go on a Sunday. Get there early if you can, the views are worth it! The lake is clear and worth the hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful views! Totally worth the hike up☺️

16 days ago

This is a 10 mile hike to the big waterfall, definitely not 7.5 so plan accordingly. We planned for the 7.5 mile hike and ended up finishing in the dark. There we’re a few of us who misplanned and ended the trip in the pitch black. It’s absolutely stunning, though. Spectacular views throughout the hike.

hiking
17 days ago

The fall colors were beautiful! May have waited too long as far as the weather goes, we were soaking wet and then coated with snow towards the top, made for a very cold day. Can’t wait to go back next Spring or Summer to see the changes.
Followed the advice of precious reviews and wore boots with good traction, very grateful we did.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful hike! Took about two hours. Great trail, some of the rocks can be a little loose or slippery tho so watch your step. The view at the top is beautiful and totally worth it! If going on a weekend, get there super early. Very popular trail. We got there at 8:30am and had no trouble parking but when we got back to the car later that afternoon, it was hard to get out of the parking lot. Absolutely packed and so was overflow parking.

I havent hiked in 25 yrs.this was my 2nd hike in a few months an it kicked my butt.i do have some lung disease.but it was so beautiful an the scenery was breathtaking..

hiking
19 days ago

hiked from iron horse trail it is about 2.5 miles off trail, well worth the hike good views not too busy but there are people

hiking
19 days ago

So amazing! Lake was clear and gorgeous! View of mountain was breathtaking! Already thinking about going again.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice trail all the way to the lake

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail. I got there at 10:30am and there were lot of parking spots. It took 2 hour uphill and 1hr 15min down hill. I will be back in the summer, Great Lake and picnic area.

19 days ago

Beautiful!

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing views!

Really enjoyed this moderate, well groomed climb. No one else on the trail today. Nice views and just hard enough to regret running for a bit.

hiking
24 days ago

did this hike last week with a bunch of friends and it was so nice! definitely a moderate hike and it was sort of icy and slippery on the rocks on the way down/up to the lake so please be careful and if you have hiking poles, bring them!

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike. Good pace to the hike with first 2 miles slow incline and then increases the last mile or so. Snow lake is beautiful. It was quite windy at the lake yesterday. I did the extra hike and checked out Gem lake. It was about 11.5 miles round trip, did it about 4 hrs 30 min. Quite rocky in a few spots, including traversing rubble fields. This would likely be harder for a dog, but was fine otherwise.

hiking
25 days ago

Difficult but worth it in the summer time. We took many tests going up but jogged going down.

on Snow Lake Trail

25 days ago

Love this hike! And I do highly recommend wearing hiking boots/shoes as the trail was pretty rocky. I wore my nikes and I could still feel the rocks through the soles of my shoes.

Ok hike. Not the best views considering the miles. Would also be prettier in the summer.
Might try again next year.

hiking
25 days ago

This hike is accurately rated as moderate. It’s well marked/traveled but is all up to the late and all down back out. I spent most of the summer kayaking and haven’t lived in this area very long so I am not used to this much elevation gain. It took me about 4 hours to get up and 2 1/2 hours down. We met 2 groups that turned around and didn’t make it up because they were going to run out of time (not because they didn’t think they could ultimately do it) I think people commenting it took them 2 hours to get up are in great shape. So if you’re like me and in OK overall shape but maybe not hiking shape please know this is absolutely doable but leave time. We packed a lunch, spent about 90 minutes around the lake and then made our way back down. It was a beautiful sunny day.

Beautiful and easy to get done in under 3 hours. Lots of rocks. Plenty of trees. Much chinchillas? I don’t know what they were. I put my feet in the lake and it was cold. The rocks hurt.

hiking
26 days ago

I’m not an expert hiker. This hike was challenging and so worth it. Took us under 4 hours there and back with some breaks. Beautiful hike, will do again. Get there as early as you can and where good hiking boots. The trail has some pretty rocky parts.

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