hiking
1 day ago

Great trail, couple of trees down on the trail (nothing too major). The trail follows the river, there’s a gradual incline for the first four or so miles and a steeper incline when you get closer to Silvia lake. We made is all the way to Silvia but had to walk through some snow and cross the river (up to your knees).

hiking
over grown
2 days ago

Good hike. Great workout on the way back. A little too overgrown rn. Wear long sleeves if you still wanna do it.

Took my girlfriend for her first backpacking trip here. Mostly day hikers but Granite Lake is a gorgeous lake to overnight at. We stayed at Granite Lake and then day hiked up to Hidden Lake. After Granite Lake there is quite a bit of water and swampiness on the trail which progressed to snow patches. I thought it was a good plan for a first backpacking trip.

Done this twice now, and had a couple tips: Going up to Lake Doris via Rockbound Pass is a lot of up, but fairly straightforward and a good trail. But the pass on the Red Peak Stock Trail is 700 feet higher than the top of Rockbound, with a poor trail for much of it, and lots of snow on the northeast slope above Doris even when the hike up is largely snow free. It’s pretty up there, just be aware the Red Peak Stock Trail part is significantly physically and technically harder than the Rockbound Pass portion. If you do it, I would recommend going up and over Red Peak Stock Trail one day, camping near one of the lakes, then coming back down the next morning via Rockbound Pass.

backpacking
5 days ago

I have been going to this lake since early 70's . It's a beautiful and fairly easy hike until just before the lake then a bit of up. the river crossing is always fun. have fished the lake many times but I don't believe there are any in it. the steam has nice ones. One of my favorite places to take someone new to hiking or great for a new backpacker. there's lots of hiking to do around it. I always challenge people to find the camouflage bill board on the hill above the lake that the airforce uses as a hidden target training. Highly recommend this hike. the views behind the lake overlooking the canyon are great. I didn't give it a 5 star due to no fish! lol Enjoy!

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
snow
6 days ago

Don’t follow our trail, we got off trail (not the only one though), finally found the trail again or should I say stream & then snow. Couldn’t find a way across the river to get to Lyons Lake & we were only about .5 miles from it. Maybe in a couple weeks the river will be low enough to cross.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

We went hiking there Memorial weekend 2020. It was hard at times to distinguish where the trail. In a few sections there was still snow which made finding the trail more difficult. Beautiful hike and lots of nice scenery. The little pond before the lake is very picturesque.

Beautiful, relatively easy hike. Melting snow and small creek crossings along the way. We set up near the lake and fell asleep to loud Jeep noises across the shore. Not sure if this is normal since we went on Memorial Day weekend, but probably wouldn’t recommend the trail to friends unless they were also planning on making a bunch of noise.

hiking
blowdown
flooded
muddy
scramble
snow
8 days ago

Memorial Day weekend 2020- Pretty trail but definitely rough. Amid the pandemic, we were super grateful to not see another person the entire time. Trail not well-marked which meant I relied heavily on my AllTrails map to get us through; we would have been very lost without it. There were several places trail was covered by fallen trees or snow. There was a fair amount of patchy snow, although we were in shorts and hiking boots and felt fine temperature-wise. It did get muddy though, and there were a few brief stretches where the trail was flooded so your options are to trudge through it or try to scramble through bushes etc along the side. We crossed creeks maybe 5 times, usually by jumping on rocks or climbing over logs but at least one time we just had to walk through the mid-calf-high water. The first crossing, by far the longest, is over a river. There are some fallen logs about 30 feet left of where the trail hits the river that we climbed across but it was a bit challenging to climb on/off. Adventure! Bloodsucker Lake is very pretty and isolated. We did not have the issue with bugs that others did, possibly because there was so much snow on the ground still.

hiking
over grown
9 days ago

There was a very narrow and windy road to get out to the trail. The trail started off wide and nice, but then narrows and is very overgrown with poison oak. Didn’t make it to the water as we were brushing up against too much poison oak. Would not recommend unless you live close by.

Great hike. You don’t need to stick to the trail.

hiking
bugs
snow
10 days ago

Awesome trail. Hard to follow at time due the the snow. Makes sure to download the map before hitting the trail, and keep and eye out for cairns.

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 days ago

Neat trail, and the waterfall at the end is very cool. Hard to get down but fun to swim in the pool at the bottom. It is very cold and the current is strong, so be careful. Lots of poison oak! Bring bug spray too. The uphill on the way back is tough so be prepared for that.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
rocky
10 days ago

Intense workout but seeing the river and waterfall was a well worth beautiful site! We’re in good shape and the whole loop took us 2 1/2 hours.

Camped on 3/4/2020. On the holiday weekend. Weather was spectacular. The snow is melting and most spots over the snow had snow cups with foot prints that are breaking through several feet. Walked through several wet spots and one marshy area where the trail is still under water. The water was definitely swim-able during the hot parts of the afternoon. Be advised there is still quite a bit of winter debris to walk around or over. It was a amazing first over night trip for the season.

hiking
flooded
snow
10 days ago

Great day hike but trail is a little hard to follow at some points. The snow was melting so at some point you have to accept that you will get wet as the trail is flooded. As long as you follow the trailheads and the all trails offline map you will be fine.

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