Paula M. on Chicago Lakes Trail
I couldn't get to the final lakes. First time here. It isn't easy, definitely it is hard.
did most of this trail last weekend. pretty crunchy until 3 miles in, then it became obvious there hadn't been anyone on the trail in a few weeks. about 4 miles in, started seeing really big mountain lion tracks. being alone, and not having seen another person since the first 1/2 mile, i decided to turn around. anxious to get back out and give it another go. highly recommend.
Completed this trail today. Looks like nobody has snowshoed since the snowstorm. Got lost a few times and had to redirect ourselves until we found the trail again. It was a very VERY tough hike but it was worth it. As others have stated, you start off going down for about the first mile which made it strenuous going back up the last mile. Took us about 6 hours round trip but I am a slow snowshoer.