cross country skiing
dogs on leash
off road driving
White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation encompassing 2.3 million acres of opportunities. With 11 ski resorts, eight Wilderness areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet and 2,500 miles of trails.
Beautiful view at the top. we wore yak-tracks for the the snowy parts and it definitely came in handy. Don't do this hike with tennis shoes or it will be very slippery at spots and they will get muddy. Was pretty steep at some spots. I would say somewhat kid friendly as there were some kids there who were slipping and sliding everywhere.
Beautiful and peaceful in the snow, and nice to only see a few others hiking on a Saturday! Recommend spikes or snow shoes or skis but doable in hiking boots...although it has been unseasonably warm and with little snowfall . Watch out for eyeball level fallen trees! ; )
Amazing hike. Short in length but steep most of the way. About halfway up, at least for now, you will see a good bit of ice and snow. Because of this you will encounter two difficult spots near the top. Bring yak tracks or something similar if you go within the next week or so. They came in handy today. No matter what, it is worth the effort. The lake is spectacular. Truly. Be sure to also do the spur trail at top to the waterfall. It is short with a huge payoff.
This was a fairly challenging hike, although it's categorized as one of the easiest 14ers. We took snowshoes but ended up not using them. YakTraks were essentiall, as were trekking poles (sure glad we had them coming down). Allow yourself about five hours to complete the whole thing. I was surprised by how heavily trafficked the trail was. Quite a few backcountry skiers. The views from the summit are spectacular!! Best of all, we saw 10-12 mountain goats up close and personal!