Hiked this back in 2017, remains one of those hikes that sticks in the memory like nothing else, partly because it felt like it would never end, and partly because it was truly one of the more beautiful hikes I've been on.

Mostly in the trees, downhill all the way in and uphill al the way out, bugs were pretty bad July 4th, only a few people on the trail. Lots of wet runoff parts of the trail.

hiking
5 days ago

Excellent moderate hike. Narrow trail, often grooved in the middle from mountain bike traffic. Frequent crossings of horseback tours. Plus, lots of horse . Be prepared for sore ankles. Amazing views at the top. Campgrounds and am access road also at the top.

13 days ago

A favorite training hike for this local. Tourists/Visitors: Please keep on the trail even though several trees are down and water is present. Practice No Trace ethics. Roundtrip can be completed in 2 1/2-hours if you hike a fast pace. A mostly shaded trail for those hot days.

hiking
bugs
muddy
18 days ago

We hiked this yesterday and it was super fun! The lake was so great except there was a group of crazy drunk boys fishing up there. There definitely are leeches at both ends of the lake, but there is a rope swing at some point on the East side of the lake and that’s a great spot to swim, swing in, do whatever you want! It ended up being an 11 mile hike round trip. So it is a bit longer than the app says but oh well. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the trail was a bit muddy in places and just a bit rough to walk on, but nothing too terrible. Also, the fact that most of the uphill hiking happens on the way back makes it very different than your usual hike in my opinion Also, I would say many more people horseback ride here than hike from what we could tell.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
18 days ago

Trail was good - some run off in places so you feel like you’re walking in a stream at times. The hike is completely downhill the first half until you get to the lake. Then it’s all uphill when you leave. I do think it’s a moderate hike - maybe a little more on the difficult moderate - it it’s not bad at all. We clocked the entire hike at 4.6 miles.

mountain biking
19 days ago

Steep bike up! Great fun coming down - quiet evening ride with light! Amazing.

hiking
bugs
muddy
19 days ago

Went last weekend. Horses have destroyed the trail, but it’s still manageable. Mosquitos AT US ALIVE!! bring repellant!! Like a can! Still beautiful as ever though. There were three groups camping overnight, and two sets of horse riding groups that came up so a bit busy. Caught some small Brookie’s and a few cut throats.

horseback riding
muddy
20 days ago

backpacking
bugs
muddy
rocky
22 days ago

The trail was great just kind of rocky and muddy. The bugs were really bad. The view at the end is beautiful!

Decent trail, but definitely steep and rocky towards the second half down to the lake. A little muddy, but only a few mosquitoes. Some nice views and wild flowers!

hiking
27 days ago

The views from the top of this hike are beautiful. You can no longer drive to where the all trails map labels the trailhead. The walk to the trailhead from the new parking area adds a quarter mile each way. The hike up is pretty steep most of the way. The trail is clearly used more often for mountain biking rather than hiking. The view from the top makes it worth it. You can drive to where this trail ends, but views are so much more rewarding when you work for them!

hiking
27 days ago

Made it roughly one mile from the lake. Turned about. About 3-4 foot of snow and too much post holing.

hiking
28 days ago

Did this lovely trail 05-03-2020. Path was dry. Beautiful peaceful views all around.

backpacking
flooded
1 month ago

Excellent - I clocked 3.1 miles one way. The sign at the trailhead says 2.

backpacking
flooded
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Trail was heavily used by horses. Swamp for first half mile. Impossible to not get your shoes wet. From there the creek is the trail. The mud plus heavy equestrian usage made walking very difficult to walk on. It dried up about a mile and a half in, but by then our shoes were full of mud and our ankles had had enough of the uneven surface. Got to the lake and very much enjoyed our time there. Lots of watercress and wildlife. Lake does have leaches on both sides. But beautiful views. Didn’t catch any fish but all we used was worms.

hiking
blowdown
1 month ago

On our GPS was actually 5.5 miles out and back. Stunning lake at the end.

hiking
rocky
1 month ago

Such a great hike. An amazing view at the top so keep going!! There’s a pretty long up hill to begin with so bring lots of water, wear hiking boots and take your time. We also had 2 dogs with us that were very hot (but even more happy) so bring enough water to share with your doggies.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked in about 2.5 miles. Trail is mostly dry. Cover/shade first mile, then exposed until end of second lake. Beautiful views. Lot of water coming down from Double Top. https://youtu.be/7dGFSGg2P8c

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

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