hiking
23 days ago

Did this as an overnight on 7/21-7/22. Barely any mosquitoes, even near the lakes.

We made camp at Upper Siligo Meadows because it was unclear whether there would be camping around the smaller lakes, and we wanted to avoid the crowds at Summit. There is a small creek near the sign marked "Siligo Meadows." After making camp, we slack-packed the loop, spending a couple hours at Summit Lake. Diamond Lake was breathtaking.

As other online resources suggest, do the loop clockwise. Not only does this provide the arguably better set of the views, this gets you going down the flatter portions and up the steeper portions of the trail. For example, some of the switchbacks on the loop are annoyingly flat and long - particularly between Diamond and Luella. The trail going up from Luella to Deer is much steeper.

Even though I had the impression this is a very popular area, we didn't see that many people. We passed a couple groups hiking up to Deer Pass and Summit Lake was crowded, but otherwise the trail was fairly empty. Five-star hike but with three-star hike crowds.

Note that the AllTrails estimate of 14 miles seems off. Other websites put the loop at 5.2 miles and the Long Canyon trail at 6 miles total, which would make it 17-18 miles.