dogs on leash
cross country skiing
B H. on Upper Piney River Falls Trail
The drive up to the lake kinda sucks if you don't like heights. If I recall correctly, the drive is around 45 minutes one way once you turn off the main road and onto the steep uphill. Some of the road is guarded by trees, other parts are not. It's plenty wide for two cars but we took it slow. The hike is amazing, and the first section along the lake is very easy. Once you get into the woods there are some steeper sections, but nothing too difficult. The waterfall is beautiful.
This is a great trail, dogs are generally unleashed, dogs can ride the gondola down only, which is also free for dogs and humans if only going down. they sell beer and food at the top, there are tons of flowers. Mostly wooded but some exposed areas.
This is one of my default trails when I can't decide where else to go. The trip is a short one when you end it at Lily Pad Lake, so I reccomend pushing past that to the second, larger lake, and beyond. If you want to beat the crowds, go earlier in the day, and do the larger loop.
Hiked to the lake yesterday. Excellent hike with great views. Chiming in here to confirm what a few other reviewers wrote: it's 10 miles round trip, not 7.8 miles, and the last 1/2 mile is tough (especially due to the over 11k feet altitude) but well worth it. Bring lunch, lots of water, and wear layers -- warm at bottom, very cold strong wind at the top.