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Gorgeous hike on a gorgeous day. Spikes were essential up to the Loch, and poles were helpful after the trail splits to Hiyaha. Wind was brisk at the Loch but calm enough to break for a snack. We’d made good time and decided to try for Sky Pond. Definitely a good decision, but snowshoes would have been helpful. Wind was pretty calm at Sky Pond, and the views were fantastic. Definitely recommend doing the full hike in the winter if you haven’t!

Did it yesterday, MicroSpikes are a must, however some people did it without them.

Hiked yesterday. Packed snow and ice along the trail, but was able to do it in just hiking boots. Trail is pretty poorly marked so you definitely have to pay attention. Some scrambling toward the end of the trail. Views at the top are GORGEOUS!

Just did this today, took 2 hours to get up at a steady pace not rushing with a couple small breaks maybe 5 min each. Micro spikes are fine as well a must. I saw people with out them and didn’t look fun for them. Took 90 mins to come down as well a steady slower pace. Great views!

hiked this morning 4/10, microspikes were sufficient up until the Mills/Loch junction but from there up to the lake snow shoes were definitely necessary (snow was well over knee-deep) super windy but beautiful as always!

It's certainly pretty, but this has to be one of the worst marked Trails I've ever seen. I got lost multiple times. I don't even know if I ever made it to the job. Very frustrating.

I hiked this on Easter. It was snowy but packed enough for spikes and not snow shoes. Several times there was no one in sight, so I wonder how many people make it to the top. The wind was whipping! Had to stop at loch Lake but a beautiful and somewhat challenging hike!

We hiked this today and it was absolutely beautiful! We found it challenging since the snowpack was icy as well. Highly recommend using microspikes and trekking poles.

Fun hike with my son! Need spikes when coming down towards the top because it is slushy and snow packed in areas.

3/24/18
Trailhead parking is on the road. The trail gets hard to find a out .8 miles in. Nice overall hike, a few spots on the way up would have been nice to have micro spikes. By 10am the snow was starting to melt and it created some challenges coming down without solid footing.

hiking
19 days ago

The trail is 90% snow packed, very doable with just hiking boots but strongly recommend wearing spikes if you have them. I didn't realize the last part of the trail follows the river bed into the Loch instead of the regular way through the switchbacks. Its kind of steep so that's where having the spikes comes in the most handy. The Loch is gorgeous but I it was extremely windy so I didn't stick around too long

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful hike. We took the family out today. We hiked in boots and it was very do-able. There are some slick spots as the snow was coming down fairly heavily on the way back. Lots of traffic for a snowy Thursday. Beautiful scenery. Highly recommend.

hiking
22 days ago

really nice view

hiking
24 days ago

(3/26) Good hike. Excellent views from the summit. The trail gets a bit lost near the top, but if you look for the carins you can find your way. Traction not necessary but could be helpful as some spots are slick. We made it up without too much trouble in hiking shoes/tennis shoes. Very do-able for the whole family (ages 10 and up). My Garmin clocked this at a bit over 4 miles out and back from trail head.

3-25-18 Little Gem outside the park. Suggest an early start as there isn’t much parking along the road, trailhead just before Lilly Lake TH.
Nice rolling climb, scramble last 200 ft or so. Bring traction, parts in shade still covered with snow, makes it a more enjoyable trek.

on Lake Haiyaha

26 days ago

Beautiful weather for a snowy hike today!

hiking
1 month ago

NEED microspikes to scramble too top but worth it for 360 mountain views. Also, Garmin pedometer clocked at 5.5 miles.

Did this yesterday 3/16/18. The last part of the hike was challenging not wearing snow shoes given the incline and the fresh snow from the day before, but well worth the view of the lake at the end. Snow was pretty packed for the most part thought the trail, but there were some really lose spots that will make it difficult. Definitely easily doable with snow shoes, but absolutely possible with out.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 3/12/2018. Spikes were not needed, but would have been nice leading up to and during the scramble. The dog and I made it up fine.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 3/12. Only used microspikes. No wind. Lots of people for a Monday hike. Nice views

Awesome! Hard packed snow the whole way. No need for snowshoes and I only threw on my Yak Tracks on the decent from The Loch which is the steepest part of the hike. Very beautiful surroundings and views. If you still have some gas after reaching The Loch, swing by Mills Lake on the way back to the TH, you will not be disappointed with the extra stop! I’ll definitely be back in the Spring/Summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike on 03/01/18, snow packed. The summer trail is very skinny and can be slippery. I did the trail in only hiking boots but had micro spikes and snowshoes as back up. The views were tremendous and the trail wasn’t busy at all. Took the winter path down which was even better, you can slide down or strap on snow shoes and trek your way down. One of my favorite hikes all year round.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Hiked on 2/18/18. Snowshoes were useful in a few sections just before and after The Loch, but micro spikes would have been sufficient for most of the trail. Beautiful and windy day. There is now an annual National Parks pass hiding somewhere around the Bear Lake parking lot, good through December 2018. We quickly learned not to open doors on both sides of the car.

hiking
1 month ago

Hike date: 2/18/18. Such an awesome experience! I would suggest snowshoes! We hiked in hiking boots and still made it all the way to the lake- but were a little slow and parts got a little difficult. A lot more snow than expected! Dress very warm, wear waterproof pants. Towards the end of the hike before you get to the loche, there is a steep incline- for about maybe 20-30ft. On the way back- we sat on our jackets and slid down like a slide! Also, get there early for parking on weekends! We arrived at 10am on Sunday and had to wait 30min for a spot. Over all such a beautiful and unreal hike- even in winter time! Definitely would do again- make sure to make it to the lake! It was frozen rock solid and we were able to walk across the ice and stand and take photos from the center island!

This trail is really lovely, unfortunately it was insanely windy when we hiked it so we could only stand a few minutes at the loch.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to got there, today is heavy windy, the loch lake is so beautiful, worth doing hiking, highly recommend!!! My fiancee with me will come back this summer for logs peak.

Loved this trail! Steep at times for a challenge, but quick enough for a half day trip. Views at the top of short scramble were incredible. Off the beaten path and super quiet (not much parking at the trailhead, plan accordingly). Snowpack was melting so it made the trip out a little slippery, but doable in just boots.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic trail with incredible views all the way to the top. Covered in snow on 2/4, but was fine in boots, didn't even use spikes. My 10 year old daughter made it to the summit, so can you. Worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views for such a short hike. A couple inches of snow made trail finding tricky at times but didn’t need spikes. Incredibly windy at the top.

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