Absolutely loved the trail - beautiful views, wildflowers and good shade as well as sun. Still some snow once you start descending back but nothing crazy. A lot of flowers are still not bloomed but probably will be in the next couple of weeks. Go before noon if you want to avoid crowds.

Super Valley views at the peak but most definitely difficult and high motorcycle and 4 wheeler traffic. It’s straight up until above tree line.

Loved this hike! Not sure why some earlier reviews had trouble. The map is accurate here. I did some side hikes for better views and then extended quite a bit above the lake. Trail 109 continues into some beautiful meadows and views of two more high mountain lakes. I’d keep going if you have the time and energy!

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snow
7 days ago

This is an amazing hike with a lot of great mountain and lake views. There was a bit of snow after Louie lake which made the trail hard to find a few times and the trail was a little muddy around boulder lake but other than that the conditions were great.

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muddy
snow
8 days ago

Took the loop clockwise from trailhead to Boulder Lake, and then to Louie Lake. It's a moderately strenuous hike up to Boulder Lake with some streams to ford. There was quite a bit of snow to traverse around Boulder Lake... we ended up losing the trail when we got close to the east side of the lake, but our compass and map helped us find the unsigned junction and get back on the trail towards the breathtaking Louie Lake.

Beautiful hike. I’d go early later in the summer I’m sure it’s hot and dry. I actual have the hike at 7.92 and 2,000’. Also there are dirt bikes out. I only ran into one.

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blowdown
rocky
9 days ago

Not even a trail really. Just top some large, smooth, easy boulders to a surprising view of an alpine lake. The remaining forest which surrounds the summit has been burned over at least twice in fairly recent history - so the surroundings are stark mixed with regrowth. Note that 13+ miles of the road (Lick Creek) to get to the summit is pretty rough. However, when the water’s up there are lots of waterfalls and a few stunning views of alpine meadows & rock faces.

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flooded
28 days ago

Beautiful trail! It was pretty snowy once we reached the lake, so we had to turn back. The dirt road leading to the trail head was a only a little bit worrisome in our Honda Fit, but was easy going for most part. The trailhead parking isn’t very well marked, but there was a bathroom facility there. Once you walk up to the reservoir from the parking lot, turn left! We turned right and got lost trying to find the trail, but that was our fault for not studying the map beforehand. Once you’re on the trail and get to more of the rocky stream area and beyond, look for the 2” holes drilled into various rocks and boulders. These are the markers that tell you you’re on the right path. Highly recommended, we’ll definitely be going back to do the full loop later on the summer.

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rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

Definitely moderate to hard hike. Beautiful trails and views! 2 miles in there is about a foot of snow on trail and it is snowy for the duration of the ascension and most of the descent. There are no blazes and because of snow it is hard to see trail. Do not attempt without navigation device as it is very tricky! Also, would recommend trekking poles, snow shoes, or micro spikes.

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washed out
1 month ago

Done on 6/7202 rained all day, trail is very pretty with an easily marked pathway. Made it to the lake however due to snowmelt I assume our trail would have continued but was currently under raging water. had to do a bit of rock scrambling to the top of a granit rock face to find the lake but well worth the effort. we were not able to continue the loop to finish the hike but had a great time!

A little muddy but that’s because there were patches of snow. Did it in October and it was cold. We did an out and back.

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snow
8 months ago

Really pretty but covered in snow and ice right now we couldn’t make it all the well around

Out and back trail, easy to follow. Beautiful views! A little snow!

Great hike. We went counterclockwise and were glad we did. Views were fabulous. Perfect amount of water. I could see it would be more adventurous in the spring. Didn’t see many people.

This was an amazing trail! Passing by gorgeous lakes and creek and the trail was lightly maintained making it less populated than other ones I’ve been on. There was a lot of shade and places for water for my four legged friend

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9 months ago

Look for Rd 316 about 2 miles before the turn to Burgdorf hot springs. The road to the trail head is rocky and not suitable for passenger cars. The hike though was beautiful. No trail signs either, but it was a popular trail. The lake is very pretty, but the fishing was disappointing.

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rocky
10 months ago

We backpacked to Boulder Lake with our 3 and 5 year old. They hiked the whole way. Trail was fun with many great things to look at including a small waterfall. The trees were great not burned! and most of the hike was shaded. The kids loved the big Bouldera and ended up jumping in the lake when we arrived. We camped to the right of Boulder Lake. The hike from the Boulder Trail head was less than 3 miles each way.

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10 months ago

I hiked to Boulder lake first which is a O&B Trail we take lots of friends on. From Boulder Meadows Reservoir the trail to Boulder Lake is a Climb but we have a 6yr who can make it. (Don’t miss the big rock overlook half way up it’s great for photos) Once you get to the Boulder Lake Cross the creek to the south of the rocky levy. (The bridge is gone but you can cross by the levy valve.) Follow the trail on the south side of the lake there are tons of campsites along the way. At the south east end of the lake keep an eye out for a trail junction on your right heading up hill. (There is a rock pile marking it) The trail leading to Louie Lake isn’t marked with signage but it is easy to find. (This trail is a steady climb south west up the ridge without any switch backs) Once you ridge out the trail down to Louie Lake is a steady decent with rocky switch backs. Once you get to Louie lake follow the trail to the North end of the lake and follow the wide,rocky, and dusty OHV trail down. Once this OHV trail turns into a basalt rock road it’s a short walk to the Boulder Meadow Reservoir connector trail. (Someone painted trees

Phone read 4.06m in 1:03:29 with 1354ft of gain. I turned around at the vista due to time constraint. Don’t let other reviews stop you from going. Although the trail is not marked well you simply follow the dirt road up the hill. Views at top are worth it.

This is very poorly marked and there are multiple paths at the start. I marked a divergence where the heavily traveled trail is not the trail. The actual trail is over grown and cut off by fallen trees. We actually abandoned the hike as the trail disappeared and the path went off into the trees.

Probably the nicest of 3 days of hiking. Access to trail parking is best with a high clearance vehicle due to deep ruts. The hike begins with a nicely shaded trail and the pine needles make it soft as a deep carpet. Beautiful along the reservoir, then a hard climb through a well shaded pine forest through alpine meadows. Enjoy the wild flowers, even in mid-August. After you reach lovely Louie reservoir, it is a punishing 30 minutes back to the trail head, steep descent on a terribly dusty trail trashed by ATVs, 4-wheel drives, horses ( and accompanying horse flies ). Reaching your car is heaven. If we had started counterclockwise, we would have turned around and missed the beautiful Boulder lake meadows.

Clockwise for sure! Moderate climbs and gorgeous views and wildflowers galore. It’s steep and dusty coming down from Louie, but overall 10/10!

1st of all...it's over 8 miles....not 6. Very dusty powder the whole way. not well marked. luckily someone posted a picture to take a left at one of the forks, the others were a coin flip. You will climb and descend twice each way so altitude gain is misleading.

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