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    Anson Evans saved High Pass Trail

    2 months ago

    Anson Evans reviewed Tuck and Robin Lakes

    4 months ago

    Did 3 days 2 nights at robin lake with my dog. We started at 7am and made it to robin by 1pm. The first 3 miles are easy with virtually no elevation gain to Hyas. The real work starts at the turn off to go up towards Tuck Lake. The grade is steep and terrain is loose dirt which makes it that much harder to get up. It was flying in my face which was irritating but Tuck was a beautiful spot. There was an FSR at tuck and robin so make sure your dog is leashed up. The hike to robin was hot and hard in the afternoon. I forgot to fill water at tuck and made a struggle to get up the last stretch so make sure you’re hydrated or it will be miserable or potentially dangerous. A couple spots involve lifting your body up boulders and steep sections of granite so keep that in mind when considering you’re hauling a 40-50lb bag. I had to boost my dog on a few rock to get her up the mountain. The views were unbelievable. It’s almost spiritual with the amount of beauty up there. The bugs weren’t bad for us, but we used a good deal of permethrin on my gear which I think helped. A ton to explore and always make sure to leave it better than you found it.

    Anson Evans completed Tuck and Robin Lakes

    4 months ago

    Anson Evans reviewed Lila Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Did a day hike with my dog up to Lila now that it’s all snow free. It was on Tuesday and extremely hot. I made two trips prior to Rachel and one to rampart lakes. There is a lot less water in creeks and the falls with all the snow melted. The lake was perfect temperature to swim but the horse flies and mosquitos were so awful they had both my dog and I running down the mountain as soon as we could. (I had three different types of bug spray and they still had little effect on them so be warned before going up there this time of year.) Fantastic views the whole way up and a few very alert marmots right before the boulder field to Lila lake which was really cool. Please pack out your trash. I picked up a cigarette butt and some food wrappers on the way out near the trail head.

    Anson Evans completed Lila Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Anson Evans completed Gem Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Anson Evans reviewed Gem Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Made the trip up to Gem Yesterday 7/25. Started at 7 am and the parking lot was 10 cars deep already. The ascent to snow lake is pretty easy. Some blasted switch backs towards the top. Snow lake was beautiful and understandable why it’s so popular for the ease to get there. Pushing past snow lake is when the challenge starts. You cross multiple tarns with large bolder fields resembling a tundra. My dog loved cooling off in each one we passed since it was nearing the mid 80’s as the morning crept on. Don’t forget to stop and take in the view of snow lake as you near closer to Gem. The last section to Gem lake should be proceeded with caution due to the loose boulder field you have to scramble. The lake was beautiful but the effort in my opinion wasn’t worth it. My dog and I went for a quick swim in the lake which I thought was the perfect temperature but we left within the hour since the biting flies and bees were so bad by the waters edge. The climb down became heavily packed with day hikers. We passed at least 20 groups of people. Please remember to pack out your trash... ( i found a brown bag on a cliff side filled with trash and had to tie it to the outside of my bag ) and don’t relieve yourself within a few hundred feet of the trail. Utterly disgusted at some individuals choices. If you’re looking for seclusion, look elsewhere in the alpine lake wilderness. Great hike with amazing views, but will definitely be avoiding this trail head from now on.

    Anson Evans reviewed Spectacle Lake

    5 months ago

    Hiked and stayed at spectacle like 7/9-7/10. Snow free the whole way. The hike itself is not hard if you’re in shape, but it is definitely long. My gps tracked 12.2 miles one way. Get ready to cross frigid lemah creek. You will definitely need to remove your boots/ shoes since it’s about knee deep and painfully cold (I am 6’2). The lakes are both spectacular. I brought an inner tube and floated around the whole inside section of spectacle lake. The water was the perfect temperature on a hot day. Keep your eyes peeled for wild life. We spotted a deer and what potentially could have been a cougar stalking it in the evening. All that was visible were eyes so have bear spray handy when that deep in the backcountry.

    Anson Evans completed Spectacle Lake

    5 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Goat Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Lake Angeles Trail

    5 months ago

    Anson Evans reviewed Rachel and Rampart Lakes Trail

    5 months ago

    Did a day hike with my dog yesterday to check out the status on rampart ridge. Rachel Lake is completely snow free and beautiful. As you climb up the ridge above Rachel, it is packed with a good 3-5 feet of snow. Tread carefully since a lot of hollow spots sit on large rocks. The ridge has a few patches and majority of the rampart lakes are still frozen. The snow is melting quickly though so hopefully there will be more ideal camping up there in the next month. Great moderate rated day hike for a healthy person in my opinion.

    Anson Evans saved Cascade Pass Trail

    5 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Maple Pass Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Goat Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Lake Ann

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Pete Lake

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Golden Horn Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Gothic Basin Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Spade Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Minotaur Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans reviewed Rachel Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Did an overnight trek with my dog and got back yesterday. Incredible views! The lake has a few spots that are dry so camping is doable and the cooler temperatures from the snow melt helped keep the bugs from being out of control. Snow free mostly but once you hit the first scramble section there’s a good 3-5 feet of packed snow the rest of the way up. We ran into 6 other groups of lost hikers at this part and I was the only one to get up top. Snow is melting quickly and streams are rushing so be careful of smaller dogs and make sure you have extra socks (you will get wet). I Intended to camp at Lila lake but was near impossible to get passed Rachel lake. Simply breathtaking - including jumping into the frigid lake with large chunks of ice still on the water. I wouldn’t have been able to make it without the all trails pro membership showing me my location on the trail. Definitely worth the $30 annually and potentially can save your life.. Be safe, and don’t do this hike this time of year unless you have navigation. MAKE SURE TO NOT GO TO THE BATHROOM WITHIN A FEW HUNDRED FEET OF CAMPSITES OR LAKE. It’s not sanitary and is common courtesy...

    Anson Evans completed Rachel Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans added unbelievable

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Lake Edna Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Spectacle Lake

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Lila Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Anson Evans saved Colchuck Lake Trail

    6 months ago