The start of the trail follows an old road for a couple miles which isn't the most interesting thing to walk on but makes for a nice warm up I suppose. Shortly after crossing the wilderness boundary you're in the woods and there you'll stay until you get above the trees at the final mile or two. The setting where the lake is situated is one of the most stunning I've seen. It sits almost as tall as the next highest point around. Walking around the lake to the ridge behind offers an even more impressive view along with a view of the valleys and peaks on the other side. I imagine in the summer this would be rather moderate like Peter mentions but doing it in December created quite the challenge. Some deep snow made trail finding near the top impossible but it's impossible to get lost walking between these two giant plateaus so finding the lake wasn't an issue. Worth ever amount of effort.
by the way... the gate was still open when I went so you can drive all the way to the trailhead.

hiking
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We have hiked and snowshoed this trail several times. North of town and off the beaten path, we never encountered another person while on this trail. Some portions are steep and strenuous, but overall the trail is light-moderate. The trail was not well-defined as we neared Devil's Lake and traveled over rocky terrain. Maybe we were off course. Our map and GPS let us know that we were headed in the right direction. Some signs of old hunting camps along the way, but otherwise completely undisturbed. Depending on the time of year that you access this trail, you might have to park prior to the bridge and hike (or snowshoe) to the trail head during the winter.