This is my one of my favorite trails. It's pretty much uphill the whole way, but once you get there it's worth it. This lake is pristine and all 4 times I've done the trail I've had the lake to myself. During grazing season you are likely to run into cattle so don't be alarmed. Stop at lakeshore for a well deserved beer after this one
this is the 5th trail around lake shaver area that we have done that has not been correct on the mileage at all this entire trip was 9.2 miles from the trailhead to the lake and back. I'm really beginning to question now every trail on this All trails website. this is a trail that for the most part is up hill all the way,with the occasional flat spot that might last .2 miles or less. we are buy no means fully in shape regular hikers, it took us about 3 1/2 hours to make it to the lake and it was 4.65 miles from the trail head. coming back only took us two hours, so that should give you some kind if idea as to how steep this trail is. also the last 1.5 miles is very steep and rocky. I'm amazed that the review before mine said they made it to the lake in just under 2 hours, and we speed walked straight down hill all the way back and it took us 2 hours. So Kudos to the last reviewer who managed to run all the way to lake and climb 1800+ feet that is an amazing accomplishment. I also wish I knew where this site gets its mileage from, lime I said this is the 5th trail in a row that was completely wrong. I can understand maybe a quarter of a mile off but not almost 2....
This was a great hike. Nice steady workout getting up to the lake and so worth it. It was warm enough for us to get in the water. Took us almost 2 hours to get up there so I'd say 5 hours round trip and that includes a nice lunch break and relaxing at/in the lake.
Joe B. on Nellie Lake Trail
I went with some Boy Scouts, some as young as 12. Trail is well defined and mantained departing from Upper Billie creek campground on Huntington Lake. First four mile fairly easy. Last mile had about a 1500 ft elevation increase. Still lots of snow on the banks of good size alpine lake. Water gets deep fast.