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rocky
snow
4 days ago

Great and exciting hike. Decided not to bring snowshoes, which would’ve come in handy at the higher elevations of the hike. The trail itself became harder and harder to follow the higher we went. Found ourselves off trail and postholing through deep snow several times. Would hike again

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Icy and all snowy, better for snowshoes

Beautiful scenery the entire hike, I did this hike with my 7 year old son in July of 2019. We camped out at blue lake and caught fish for dinner. The trail was quite busy with all kinds of people at different levels of preparedness. The river crossing was still partially frozen and where the majority of the less prepared turned around. There were a couple of sections that were steep switchbacks that tested my son but had a blast.

We didn't go very far because of time limitations, but what we saw was so beautiful. I would love to return and spend my entire weekend exploring this area.

backpacking
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Did part of this hike, started at Maxon and ending at fleming lake in July, 2019. The bugs were killer and were a huge nuisance, but the views were worth it. Very tough hike if you experience altitude sickness easily or have asthma, but doable. We ended up camping at Fleming and hiked around the area. Definitely worth it.

hiking
icy
off trail
snow
1 month ago

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Covered in snow as of last week, mostly packed down but likely deeper as it climbs up

Crampons VERY HIGHLY recommended for the lake portion of this hike, then snowshoes really needed for the part up towards Mildred lake right now.

Beautiful snowshoe through fresh powder. Road is closed at Aspendell in the winter so this adds 2 miles each way before the trailhead! Trail is tough to find in the deep snow, but breathtaking views. We turned around where the trail heads away from the back corner of Sabrina. About 7 miles.

Winter snowshoe the day after Christmas! Road was closed due to snow about 1.5 miles before the trail head. Easy going on snowshoes until the trailhead. Snow got deep and it was a slog. We turned around 3 miles from the car since whiteout conditions killed any views and we couldn’t assess snow conditions on the steeper terrain above. Trail was still easy to follow in the snow and would be totally worth it on a clear day. Still took over 3 hours for the 6 mile round trip.

Just went snowshoeing yesterday (12/7/19) and it was gorgeous. Roads were clear for the most part with a little snow on the road but was able to get to where they close the gate for the winter in a scion tc (no snow tires/chains) - we snowshoed up the snow covered road and it’s beautiful. We were able to rent snowshoes from Eastside sports who were great. Highly recommend.

Hiked this trail on 11/4. Started at 730am and got back to the car at 430pm. We spent time exploring off trail and took breaks at each lake! We hiked to the fifth lake and decided to hike back down the same way, instead of hiking the loop. The first lake and the fifth lake were my favorite! It was such a beautiful hike! Weather was perfect. It was sunny and probably around 50 degrees? Not sure though. I definitely want to come back in the summer to swim and maybe stay overnight.

hiking
3 months ago

I wanted to get an update on the conditions there. Was planning to hike this on December 21st with some buddies of mine. Was planning to reach the second lake and head back but does anyone think this is feasible without snow shoes. We have trecking poles but I'm afraid the snow will be too deep to walk in. Also will the lake be safe to walk on? P.S did this hike earlier this year in August and it was amazing. took 7 Hrs. R/T including fishing at the 2nd lake for an hour. Caught some brook trout with my spinning rod and night crawlers for bait. Funnest fishing experience I had in awhile was catching them left and right.

hiking
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Great day hike, even in the snow. We started at around 9:30 on Nov 24 and had great conditions. Lots of shade until you go through Duck Pass. There were plenty of footprints to follow until after the Pass, but then we followed AllTrails to Pika Lake and it was fine. Saw several bear prints at Pika Lake, so be aware! Going all the way to Pika was about 11 miles round trip. Steep incline for a bit to get to Duck Pass but otherwise moderate. Definitely recommend, the views are beautiful!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Hiked on 11/24/19! Started the trail at 10am and got to first lake at 1pm (with a lot of breaks). So much snow and watch out for the icy stairways! Lake 2 was a short distance away so why not go see the beauty! Both lakes were unfortunately frozen, but were absolutely breathtaking!

backpacking
icy
muddy
snow
4 months ago

Trail was easy to follow in 5 inches of fresh snow. Lakes were all frozen over

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