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This was a lovely first backpacking experience for my friends and me (August 5-6)! The hike to Crag Lake took us ~3 hours but the way back was more like 2 hours. A lot of the way there is uphill, but it was totally manageable, especially because it wasn't too hot on the day we were hiking there. Crag Lake is so beautiful and we pretty much had the place to ourselves! We found a beautiful spot to pitch our tent right on the lake. We enjoyed hiking a little further on the trail without our packs to come to Hidden Lake, which was also very serene. It wasn't quite hot enough that we wanted to swim in the lakes but if it was warmer we would've!

The parking lot at the trailhead is small, but there is plenty of street parking available!

A great workout with varied terrain and a mix of sun and shade. Swam in Lake Genevieve to cool off for the descent.

Awesome trail, lots of lakes and streams to cross along the way. Beautiful views. Definitely recommend!

Good trail had quite a few jeeps come thru which was cool Quite a few creeks running across the trail McKinney & lily are kinda weak Miller is worth the hike Nice option with the Bucks Lake trail splitting off the main trail

Hiked this on July 1st weekend. Started around 9:20am and it took us about 3 and a half hours, with about 4-5 short breaks. Such a gorgeous hike! Rough going in because the incline is pretty intense, especially with 50 pound packs. Definitely wear bug spray because the first mile of the trail is pretty bad. This was our first backpacking trip and for people who are pretty athletic, it definitely tested our endurance. When we got our permits at Taylor's Creek Visitor center in South Lake, they told us the trail had lots of snow, but we saw maybe 2 patches of snow up to Crag Lake. Definitely take the hike to Stoney lake if you have time, it's about a mile to Stoney from Crag and definitely worth it. The hike back down was a lot easier. Plan on doing it again with a couple friends!

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1 month ago

The positives are that it's a really good walk with some really nice scenery, and a lot of the trails you walk were used for cross country skiing events during the 1960 Winter Olympics. They are nicely marked with maps and placards. The negatives are that you walk adjacent to or through the camp grounds for about half the time, and the trail shown in this app is really only about 5 miles unless you walk the farther loop about 3 times. Overall well worth the trip though.

Backpacked in on 6/22/17 and stayed at Crag Lake. Trailhead was packed in the afternoon so we had to wait for someone to get done. Trailhead only fits about 8ish cars which is kind of nice because you won't have to deal with a crowded trail.

Parts of the beginning of the road to the trail was muddy so we had to walk around but there was a pretty clear off road path to follow.

Since it was still a bit wet it was difficult to find a good spot to camp. There was still a lot of snow about midway through Crag Lake. We didn't have a mosquito problem at the lakes but found a couple on us during the hike.

The river crossing was easy and the lakes were beautiful. I definitely recommend staying overnight if you can.

Fantastic hike to Crag Lake and back. Lot of mosquitoes on the way down in the evening but we also saw a large black bear just off the trail.