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Liesl Cole reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Liesl Cole reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Liesl Cole reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Lacey Hofer reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Beautiful hike. Those last 4 miles are a killer leg workout!!!!

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Megan Mathew reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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BackpackingBlowdownBugsRocky

Trail is in good shape other than some blowdown. Bad bugs at Alta! Had a visitor to our site during the night (not sure if bear or cat as I wasn't about to poke my head out). It did not bother us but did seem curious about my hammock, which I was sleeping in and did not appreciate. Ultimately I shouted it away and retreated to the tent wielding my bear spray. Long story short, all good - just be aware :)

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Shane Nevius reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Truly PAINSTAKINGLY beautiful hike! The climb up to Waptus isn't dreadful but has a few inclines that, combined with the length and it being my trail mate's first big hike of the year, had us drop camp at Waptus the first night. Man does that river feel great to ford on a hot day! Waptus was busy and the campsite not as secluded as I'd like, but the lake is big and beautiful. I was glad to have saved the trek to Spade Lake for the morning. It is brutal! Be sure to stock up on water at Waptus- you won't get another good source until the creek and waterfall about 3/5 of the way up. Spade Lake is stunning and offered more space than Waptus. The short scramble up to Venus Lake is worth the view for sure and wasn't as difficult as I had anticipated looking at it from the base. Not much of a real trail there though. Mosquitos were absolutely terrible when we went- bring a head net and long clothing. Went all the way back down our third day and were feeling very sore by the time we reached the car. Quite a workout, but worth all the views and the feeling of being away from civilization.

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Cindy Grimm reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Beautiful views of lakes and mountains all along the top, and a (relatively) short climb in. We stopped at Frog lake both ways - splits up the hike perfectly. We camped at Alta lake and tried to hike to Devil's peak but too much snow. The lower lakes are clear of ice. As of today, you'll need some route finding to follow the trail - lake was still covered in ice flows and parts of the trail were buried under multiple feet of snow, but it was melting fast. There were multiple downed trees to dodge, both on the drive in and on the lower part of the trail. The trail is rocky lower down. For the most part it's just walk around the end of the downed tree, no real acrobatics needed. Mosquitos were prevalent, but not swarming (yet). There were more on the trail in than there were higher up - the worst part seemed to be about 0.5 - 1.0 miles in. By Frog lake they were largely gone. There are definitely mosquitos up at Alta lake, but they were only bad in the early evening. A good trail for older kids (ours are in the 10-13 range). It's a steady climb, but not so difficult that they had trouble, and there's a nice stopping point at Frog lake in the middle. It looks like folks have camped at Frog lake. There are multiple camp sites at Alta lake, both at either end of the lake and higher up. The one on the far end has a lovely view back over the lake. There are several on the ridge above the lake (between Alta lake and the lower lakes).

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Cole Stiverson reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Brutal climb up from Waptus lake, we dropped camp at Waptus.

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Jim Rathbun reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Hiked to Waptus lake the first day and was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful view on the south end of the lake. The hike was dry and dusty from all the horse traffic. Next morning left camp and hiked to Spade lake which took around three hours and I must say it’s one of the prettiest place I’ve been!! The hike to Spade is a strenuous up hill battle. Spent the night back at Waptus and out the next morning.

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Thomas Eskelsen reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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This was an amazing hike. I haven’t hiked in many years, but was able to make it to Spade Lake. As an amateur I would consider the hike difficult, but doable depending on your conditioning. I personally thought Waptus was a better prize than Spade, but the hike to Spade was breathtaking.

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Trina Grube reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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BackpackingBlowdownBugsRocky

BAD MOSQUITOS!!!! Difficult to rate as we unfortunately only got 5 minutes down the trail. At the trailhead there were no Wilderness forms in the box, which was in fact, broken. I could tell few people had been there as there we large rocks strewn over the trail. We started up the trail and within 100 yards were going up and over blown down trees. We might have persisted (myself, daughter and 2 other 13 year olds) but then the hoards of mosquitos came. Tough trail in June, not sure if the Forest Service plans to maintain or not.

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Alejandro Ponce reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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While the hike up to Spade lake from Waptus is difficult. The payoff of Spade lake is one that can’t be missed if you’re in the area.

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Damon Hart reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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The hike to Waptus lake isn't bad. The trail from Waptus to Spade is straight up the mountain. Roughly 5 miles. The only water is towards the end of the trail. Bring lots of water and snacks.

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Joe Miller reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Love this trail, it's beautiful not super hard. Some nice fishing in some of the lakes also!

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Sherilyn McGahuey reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Beautiful hike. A lot of down trees on the way up but a couple of crews were up there clearing the trail. On the way back to the trail head there was a huge difference in the trail. No more trees down less brush on the trail. Still a lot of big rocks and areas where it's hard to keep traction. It's the side of a mountain can't expect there to not be rocks/trees.

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Jennifer Puryear reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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the trail is great scenery. the issue is with the fallen trees that block the trail for the first 3 miles

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John Niemann reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Fantastic trip! I would not call this well maintained or highly frequented trail however. Or at least, it wasn't when we were there. The entire 1st mile of the trip is covered in tree fall and bypasses. Be sure you bring a headlamp or other light source if there's even a chance of returning past dusk (trees are thick, with little ambient light, coupled with frequent unmarked bypasses forcing you to leave the trail and re-acquire. Trail opens up as you gain elevation. The pass before devils peak leads you down into a cool pocket and Alta lake. Cliff Lake not far after that. We went in early July and the mosquitoes were quite bad. Went on a Sunday and didn't see a soul at the trailhead or on the trail.

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Nick Jones reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Was planning to spend a couple days up at cliff lake but the weather turned pretty bad quickly. Turned the trip into a day hike. Very nice trail with some great lakes in the basin.

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Korey Epps reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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I havent visited all the lakes in this area yet. I did however make it to lake Alta which was my only goal. Even in the middle of summer lake Alta was still frozen and the last 5 miles i hiked on top of the snow and lost the trail. there are many open medows that offer a wonderful view of the night sky. Highly recomened

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Genesis Tepper reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Jordan MacBeaver reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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Lindsay Sturm reviewed Spade Lake Trail
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Josh Warren reviewed Seven Lakes Basin Trail
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