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backpacking
1 day ago

The trail isn't too rough for the first few miles. My husband and I went up to Tuck lake for one night, then headed out to Marmot for our second. At one point you hike fairly far down into a meadow covered with flowers and other flora. There are plenty of little streams to get water from if you need it. The hike up to Marmot is a little tough (maybe harder in our minds because we had done a difficult hike the first day of our trip). There are plenty of campsites at Marmot. There were around 8 groups camping comfortably there during our stay. We saw some prints that looked like they belonged to a large cat of sorts, so we used the buddy system if either of us needed to use the "restroom" at night. The hike to jade is pretty difficult. My phone says it was about 5.5 miles round trip, but half of it you are climbing up rocks. Follow a dirt path all the way around Marmot lake to the edge. From there, you'll start climbing rocks and following cairns on the way. The cairns do a great job of marking the path, so keep an eye out for them. Jade lake has about 3 campsites, and No Name lake has 2 or so. You can't beat the view and pictures do not do the color of the lake justice. Highly recommended!

hiking
1 day ago

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this beautiful trail Sunday, Aug 20th. Started at 8:15 and got to the top at 9:20. This was my first hike not to strenuous, but going onto Gem lake was hard for me. I put peppermint essential oil on to keep the bugs away. The trail was a lot of rock and was glad that I wore hiking boots and my friend brought me some hiking poles which I liked. Gorgeous views on the way up as well as getting to the top. Take sometime and soak it in. The downside was that it was rocky and I had to pay attention to my feet so I wouldn't trip, that I didn't get to see much of the views going up. Head on down to the lake and jump in. Clear, and refreshing! Not too cold, gem lake was freezing!

hiking
2 days ago

My friend and I hiked this on Sunday. Advanced trail for me. (First hike). But was so great and worth it when I completed it! Of course we had to jump in the lake. It was extremely cold!! We thought it was poorly mapped. Weren't many signs to tell you which way to go.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful hike, a bit crowded but I did go early on a Saturday morning. Not terribly strenuous but a good hike

backpacking
3 days ago

Gem and snow lakes were beautiful, and barely any bugs! We were prepared for swarms but did not see even one mosquito

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Very nice

Gorgeous views the entire time but my dog really struggled with this hike. It is VERY rocky almost the entire time so wear really good shoes and if your pet isn't used to rocky terrain they could get injured like mine did. Loved the hike but my dog getting hurt on the terrain was a real problem! Also most people who had dogs did not leash them which made our hike less enjoyable since my dog is easily scared of other dogs that approach him and are not controlled by their owners.

Amazing hike and probably the best trail run back to the parking lot.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago