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11/7/19 - the trail had a good amount of snow. It was pretty easy going until about a 1/4 mile from the lake, then it was straight up and covered in ice. While there were other people’s tracks, we lost them at the stream crossing which definitely made things more difficult. It would have been much easier (I mean, still hard because it’s like straight up) if there hadn’t been snow and ice. I took my two dogs. They didn’t have nearly as difficult of a time as we did. It was absolutely gorgeous though! So so amazing! I’ll definitely be doing this hike again in the summer!

Slept the night at Hellroaring Lake. The trail is very well maintained, and quite easy. Some rocky bits that having boots was helpful for, but we were able to maintain and nice pace the whole time.

It had been 14 years since I last hiked Goat Lake. This hike is one of my favorites, and I know I'll return to it again in the future. It sounds insane, but you truly must jump in once you arrive. We hiked this one in mid-September on a beautiful, sunny day in the high 60's. We hiked in on a Sunday and passed quite a few people coming back down, but in the hour or so we spent at the lake we only saw about 3 other people. The tips and tricks on AllTrails were really helpful, but we did encounter a few hiccups: - The first big boulder you need to climb/cross is to your left. - When you're looking for the beaver damn to cross the creek, you'll need to climb up some boulders to the left as well. We left a little cairn to mark this spot. Basically, every time we ran into an issue it was because we were scared of veering too much to the left and running into the boulder field. There are a couple of spots where you do need to veer left a bit in order to not end up scrambling down a sheer cliff of scree. Highly recommend!

definitly a scramble with a pack on for the last few miles. one the most beautiful lakes in the sawtooths. I would change to heavy trafficked. I saw probably over 150 people coming up on our way down. avoid on weekends if your looking for a peaceful place without a bunch of people.

2 months ago

My husband and I hiked this during the 2017 eclipse with our two daughters who were 8 & 11 years old at the time. We parked at the upper trailhead (super rough road and definitely not for cars) and hiked to Hell Roaring first thing in the morning. We had planned on maybe staying one night there but our girls wanted to keep going so we went all the way to Imogene. The trail was well maintained and beautiful. We spent three nights there and we explored all around the lake. Our favorite thing to do was play in the water on the big flat rocks where the steam feeds into the lake from the lake above it. We didn’t seem to have any issues with bugs although we did see a few ticks. Overall a great hike. Very doable with older kids. Experiencing the eclipse in totality from the backcountry was an incredible way to end our weekend.

Awesome views, wish I would have checked the AllTrails site before heading out as there really aren't to many great maps out there when looking up this trail. I intended to just go to view the falls via the Alpine Way junction. I missed the sign to turn left on that junction since the sign is about 8-9 feet up and attached to a tree that is a similar color to the sign. I saw the sign on the way down from the lake. I decided to continue onto the lake since I missed the turn off on AW. The lake is beautiful. I dropped my pack and left it for about an hour, walked around the lake, and took some photos. I wish I would have swam. There were people fishing and enjoying the lake. The last mile is tricky and on the way down it can feel like you are snowboarding. Next time I go I am going to make that junction to see what the falls look like from below.

2 months ago

Amazing trip. This place is stunning and it just kept getting better and better the further we hiked. Can’t wait to come back.

Beautiful hike. You get views the entire way up. It's really breathtaking. It starts off easy, becomes moderate and finishes a little difficult. Once it becomes really steep, STAY LEFT. There's a "barely there" trail that pretty much stays left the whole way to the boulder field. Once we reached the boulder field, we again veered left and found the water. We followed the water up to the lake, bypassing the boulder field entirely. We started this hike the same time as several others but finished before they did because we skipped the boulder field.

This is a beautiful lake, hike is super easy, only reason for the 4 star, is it was super busy! The hikers never stopped! Understandable considering the easy hike in and trail head access. Also the camp sites are kind of close together and to the trail, not super thick with trees, which isn’t great for privacy. Since it was so busy we found ourselves watching people constantly walk by. That being said the lake is absolutely stunning and worth the jaunt.

Would not recommend taking kids a scramble with a pack on.

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2 months ago

Read the tips - the scree in the last mile is super screwy. Otherwise, great hike.

Recent moisture kept trail nice. Overnight storms dropped 3 trees across the trail. Bugs were out, but not overwhelming. Perfect for kids and first-timers, as the trail doesn't have much elevation gain or difficult terrain.

Took me and beagle buddy 10 miles to complete as we got a bit off trail near the end. I would suggest reading others advice on avoiding as much of the Boulder field as possible as my little beagle had a tough time on it but soldiered on through. All in all it was a tough but manageable hike for a small dog.

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