hiking
1 day ago

hiking
1 day ago

The 8-mile out and back is okay. I highly recommend going an extra 1.5 miles to the top of Eccles Pass which makes this an 11-mile out and back hike. The first 2.5 miles is fairly steep and rocky. The trail flattens out near the tree line and makes a moderate ascent to Eccles Pass. The extra 3 miles round trip is worth the view - don't stop at the end of this trail!

Hiked with our three kids, 13, 11 & 7. Incredible views and aspen trees were on full fall show.

backpacking
5 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous trail and only moderately difficult. We had some trouble because the signage is terrible and the map we had was garbage. However, despite adding an extra six miles to our hike, we had a great time. Camping near the upper lake was epic. Fishing was great. Very chilly up at the lakes but the trail was warm most of the way up.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this hike. It's a challenge and a great workout.

Hard but worth it for this newbie to high elevation hiking!

hiking
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Love this challenging trail with an epic view at the end. Not for the faint of heart.

backpacking
17 days ago

Beautiful place for a mini backpacking trip! We stopped at Salmon Lake, and had it to ourselves to camp. From the Willow Lakes trailhead, going left at that Willow Trail / Ditch trail fork is a longer route in, but a very forgiving and much more beautiful than the other route to the right. We took the other one on the way back, which made the return hike shorter. I would definitely recommend doing it that way, even though it adds some miles in the beginning! The last 2 hours to the lake is a steady incline, so be prepared to take a lot of breaks. We fly fished at the lake and got into some big brook trout right away!

hiking
18 days ago