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19 days ago

Gorgeous hike, refreshing water!! Stay right when the trail Y’s

We went in to the hot springs and although Algae was present the hot water was relaxing. From there we packed up to the lakes on day two in late July and hoping to find water along the way we found none until we finally arrived at the lakes. Pack in lots of water as the trail is steep and long and the seasonal streams dry. There also is a lot of burn out midway. The lakes have Mosquitoes everywhere. I’ve never seen so many so fly fishing was out. Day three to the top was the best day as the summit has a great 360 view of surroundings. Hoped to see wildlife but did not.

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bugs
26 days ago

As only a moderately experienced hiker this was exactly as described - hard. But let me tell you, if you can make it through the mostly uphill climb for 4.8 miles with some long stretches providing no shade — you will be so glad you did! On a Saturday in the afternoon in late August there were only about ten of us at the hot springs. There are a couple of very hot pools but then there’s one that has the trickle of cold water coming in. When we got there the cold water stream had been dammed up, but we opened the cool water stream and it was perfect after that (we closed it off again before leaving). There are some loose soil areas along the trail with steep drop offs in some areas of the trail, and you do have to cross the creek either by balancing on rocks or taking off your shoes and wading through. I tried it one way on the way up, and the other on the way back. It took about 2.75 hours on the way up at a fairly comfortable speed and effort for a moderately experienced hiker. The way down took just 2 hours. Horses are allowed on the trail and we did see some people with them. **there is a hornets nest just past the sign that splits the trail off to the right to get to the hot springs. It’s right by your ankles on the left. We didn’t get stung but it seemed everyone else that horses or dogs with them had someone in their party stung**

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1 month ago

Friend's watch recorded this hike today at 8.6 miles. Whatever it is, totally worth it.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

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over grown
rocky
1 month ago

Great Lake - the hike in is in good shape but strewn with boulders most of the way.

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bugs
muddy
1 month ago

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2 months ago

Great hike, got distracted by all the thimble berries and strawberries that line the entire trail. Creek is a bit treacherous, be ready to get your feet wet. Hot springs were full of silt and algae and I spent much of my time cleaning out as much as possible, but hot and relaxing. Has a slew of campsites at the springs so it was easy to find a spot. Almost took the wrong trail a few times and ran into a group that had. It was nice to have the trail gps to point me in the right direction.

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2 months ago

This trail is wonderful! The hot springs are perfect and even though I went on a summer weekend, it was not as crowded as I expected (perhaps a stroke of luck). The first mile or so is the most challenging part of the hike, while the remainder is fairly steady and easy; the difficult rating is a bit of a stretch in my opinion. Finding the trailhead was perhaps the most difficult part. It is down the hill from the parking lot on the opposite side of the road. The AllTrails start point is helpful for finding it. Several other hikers mentioned that they had trouble finding the correct trail to get to the springs, but I had no difficulty. Simply follow the trail for roughly four miles or so until you come across a sign at a fork which does not include a label for the springs. Take a right to go downhill towards the river and ford it, then continue on the trail for another half mile or less and you’re there. The campsites are excellent and plentiful, plus the river is right nearby, so getting water was easy. Each site also has a fire pit. The springs are gorgeous, well-built, and the perfect temperature. I wish I could have stayed longer. Having hiked in early July, there were only a few spots with huckleberries and wild strawberries, but they both grow along the trail, so keep your eyes peeled if you hike later in the season! Overall, a quick and fairly easygoing hike with a great payoff. Enjoy!

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

It is further than 4.2 miles. My GPS says we did 5.6 miles. The trail is rocky but good, the climb is easy and the views are good. BRING BUG SPRAY! We got eaten alive by mosquitoes.

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over grown
rocky
2 months ago

I did this hike last September. It was a good moderate hike, rocky at the beginning and a constant incline. When you get up to the first lake/pond take a RIGHT for Coquina Lake! not a left! It is super overgrown there and there is literally no sign that Coquina is in that direction. It is! Climb through the overgrowth and you’ll reach a flatter rock face that will lead you up to Coquina. Make sure to watch how you get in so you remember when you leave! Watch for cairns on your way out

Did this trail a number of years back with the Boy Scouts. Absolutely gorgeous trail, with lots of beautiful vantage points to see the mountains. the trail passes through the hot springs, and goes upward to the lakes. Dont be fooled, this is not an easy hike. Often times the trail goes up or down steep slopes without switchbacks. Some parts of the trail are not well kept, and depending on how long it's been since the last hikers came through, the trail can be tough to follow in the underbrush. It would be foolish to attempt to do in one day. give yourself time to enjoy it, plan on at least 2 days, if not more if you want to enjoy the springs and the lakes. we took 3 days, spending time in the springs, swimming and fishing at the lakes, and taking pics of the scenery. will definitely go back someday.

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4 months ago

Hike is snow free and gorgeous but could not find a place to ford the river.

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muddy
snow
5 months ago

This hike was pretty rough, I came in October before and loved it but this time it was much different. The trail still has snow on it and in some sections, the snow is hip deep, I'm 5' 11" for reference. The river is just at the cusp of being impossible to cross without getting soaked, the snow made it very difficult to find the rocks to hop too. The trail is still very beautiful, the hot springs hot, but I would bring snowshoes next time and a waiter to cross the river.

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snow
5 months ago

fun trail

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8 months ago

back down

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snow
8 months ago

Excellent trail advice.

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8 months ago

Awesome trail, hiked in the snow but as of right now it's well packed and easy walking. The creek crossing has a kind of sketchy looking ice bridge but it felt pretty solid walking across. Definitely more like 11 miles out and back, not 9.3. The hot springs themselves are amazing, with one shallow but big, clean and hot pool to soak in and a few others that might be good sometimes but were pretty slimy when we were there. It's also relatively flat and open so I'm sure it would make for great camping in the summer. These are our new favorite natural hot springs for sure.

This trail should actually be called "Maude and Lottie Lakes and Seven Lakes Trail Loop", because it doesn't actually follow the Seven Lakes trail all the way around, and the signs on the trees reflect this. I decided to hike this as a day trip starting from Stanley Hot Springs, because I was already there and the AllTrails map cuts through the hot springs. For some odd reason, the map starts from the middle of the Stanley Hot Springs trail (not the trailhead), so the distance measurements and elevation gain are inaccurate. I started recording my trip on the AllTrails app at the location where the trail forks off into the loop. What I thought would be a short day-trip ended up turning into a 7-hour trek across 10 miles and a miserable 4200 foot elevation change. I barely made it back to the campsite before sunset, but not before I was soaking wet from rain-soaked overgrown foliage that covered this poorly maintained trail. While the views were pretty nice at the higher elevation areas, there are some major problems with this trail that prevent me from ever recommending this trail to anyone. Firstly, there are no switchbacks. You're just going straight up and down sheer mountainsides perpendicular to the topographical lines. This is abhorrent. Second, the trail is completely overgrown with foliage when following the Seven Lakes side of the loop, and it's very easy to lose the trail. The overgrowth is also sure to make your clothes and shoes soaked if it has rained recently. I spent about 1.5 - 2 hours trudging through dense overgrowth. Someone really needs to go in with a machete and clean the place up. Was it worth it? No. But I did see a pine marten, I guess.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Went up with a group of 9, the most strenuous part of the trail is definitely the first two miles but it evens out pretty nicely the rest of the way. The trail varies from nice cool tree cover to hot, dry, and rocky. We went up around early afternoon and it got hot quick. The river was pretty low and not very treacherous to cross, there where plenty of rocks to walk over, but you should be careful anyways because nobody wants a whet pack. The camp site was nice, lots of large logs to push around to make benches. The hot springs themselves where clean, they have a scoop to dispose of the algae if it builds up. Overall it was a really nice hike, the weather was great and the pools felt great!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The trail really needs to be better marked, took the wrong fork and ended up headed the wrong way as I had no clue which way to take, finally realized and turned around, at the first fork take the one to the right. only made it to the second lake not to coquina though. It was very beautiful, a bit rocky. I will try again when I have more time.

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