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backpacking
29 days ago

last part of the long journey coming from Dutch Joe Creek area

Planned this hike with a hop over to Island Lake, but the weather had other designs. Steady, sloping climb through lots of forest. Maybe views, maybe not - visibility went to nil after we left. We’ll return for a revisit sometime again.

Great hike with never-ending lakes. Been up here many times! Watch for bears late in the season... I’ve seen a sow and two cubs from a distance in late August on this trail. Pack heat or spray accordingly.

1 month ago

lovely hike...not too difficult....maybe easy to moderate. we started going up and to the left for the loop. keep your offline maps of this with you as there are other trails not marked on the map. also couldn't find the red route where it intersects with the black dotted line so just took the black dotted line route back

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. Tons of fish. Clear trails. Best of all, NOT ONE SINGLE MOSQUITO ( Early September)

Beautiful!! One of my favorites so far.

The road is open to cars as of Sept 2018, gravel road in very good shape, low vehicles won't have a problem

Great hike. Was fogged in nearly all the early part up the switchbacks and then cleared off as we came over the top. Beautiful area.

Great Lake views on this trail. It is an easy walk and a relatively flat trail.

This is a beautiful area with a great deal of potential. Due to inaccuracies in the route provided by AllTrails and the very poor trail maintenance, I would discourage anyone from attempting this trail without map and compass or GPS. At 2.35 miles, where the trail leaves the road on the left, there was no marking or sign of any kind: I did build a small cairn. From that point on, there are numerous trees down across the trail and in many places the trail is completely overgrown. It is not too difficult to generally stay on the trail, but don't expect tree blazes or signs of any kind. Above all, once leaving the road, do not expect the route on AllTrails to correspond with an actual trail. By viewing the AllTrails map with the satellite layer it is easy to see that the route deviates from the actual trail at times by more than 200 yards.

backpacking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail, great hike, great fishing, lots of wildlife. Mosquitos were manageable (July). There are some really nice campsites along the eastern edge of Tomahawk lake. The stream crossing just past the Christina Lakes Trail split was a little tricky. There is an unmaintained (but clear) trail up to Thumb Lake. Moderate traffic.

Wow. The vistas, outcroppings, and meadows would have been enough. But the wildflowers in addition made the hike surreal! I have never seen such density and variety. If I had to have a groundhogs day and repeat this hike every day, I'd be good with that!!

Amazing wildflowers and views.

Great conditions for the glacier. I did it solo without any issues (2 days hike in, summit day, one day hike out). Due to warm temperatures it is important to start early and be down by noon. Overall, awesome trip, and great views from the summit.

hiking
3 months ago

About 100 ft from the trailhead, make sure you turn right at the wooden post with a roughly carved "621". This is the real start of the trail. It heads right to the creek, which we forded with our river sandals. There was lots of snow this past winter so we had to wade up one of the creek's channels to find the trail on the other side. Trekking poles helped a lot, but the current really wasn't strong and only mid-calf deep. After the ford, you need to bushwack a bit through another 100 ft of willows, but again, not bad. The rest of the trail was lovely through the forest. Views of Crane Lake were fleeting, unless you want to hike down to shore. Soon you hear the creek rushing from Beauty Lake into Crane Lake and a small rocky outcrop grants a view of beautiful Beauty Lake. Not a soul in sight, even in July. Wildflowers abounding on the shore. Exquisite.

backpacking
3 months ago

Moderate hike, pretty difficult towards the end but a gorgeous scenery and lots of lakes.

hiking
4 months ago

Just got back from Gannett Peak. We went in on the Glacier Trail. This is a very demanding hike. Two very difficult climbs. One going up to Burro Flats on the way in and coming out of Honey Moon Lake on the way out. This was a good year for snow, which I think makes it a little more climbable. We gave ourselves two days to try for the summit, which turned out to be a good plan. Day one it snowed, rained and the wind was app. 40 mph. Went back to camp and waited for day two. Woke up to beautiful blue skies, no wind and warm temps. Made the summit and it was thrilling.

hiking
4 months ago

Great Hike with fantastic fishing

Anyone been up to Gannett in late June during an average snowpack via the Glacier Trail? A few friends and I are heading up end of June and trying to decide if we should bring skis or snowshoes.

June 23rd, A friend of mine and I decided to try this trail out. After parking (which was easy), we started our backpacking trip. It was a steep climb for the first half mile or better then it tapers off to a up and down, but nothing to extreme for elevations. We had hardly no mosquitos or any insects really until the evening. Even then, they were not bad. Luckily the forest cleaning crew left there the previous week. I would recommend maybe waiting another week, because we were lucky as far as trails, snow, were concerned. To gather water for drinking is about 2 miles in. Until then, it is in a deep crevasse. We used our Hammocks this trip, and it was perfect. We did not see any bears, but there was bear signs, that they were around. It is Grizzly area, so be smart. We only made it about 5 miles in, and we decided to turn back because the water was too fast for our comfort to cross, knowing that we had 50 pound packs on, and deep enough in to be "in trouble". After we left we made way north, and did a few miles of "The Beaten Path". I would like to come back to this trail and make it to the end and back. Highly recommend for a beginner trail. trail is pretty easy to navigate also.

hiking
11 months ago

This is more of a road than a trail, but a very rough one. In good weather it took us over an hour from start to finish in a truck. It would be almost as fast to hike it. The road technically terminates at Moon Lake, but the last 150ft are very steep down to the bank. There's several camp sites once you get to the lake. 2-3 right down by the water, and several more up top before the road drop. We took a canoe out on the lake, but didn't see any fish.

I'd say this is a pretty good hike. Great views and great pay off at the end if you're camping. As I said, it's actually a road, but I would advise heavily against going on it unless you're into that sort of thing.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Easy hike. Family friendly. Beautiful vistas and lakes. We started here and hiked to Beauty lake, the number of hikers thins out after night lake. At 9500 feet but flat hike so altitude not an issue. Good lake for kayaking/paddle boarding. Crystal clear water.
Campground nearby makes this a busy and popular place.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Nice place, easy to find, easy trail, nice lakes... but just kind of bla in my opinion. great for beginners or families but if your looking for wow this place just doesn't have it... I really enjoyed the drive, beartooth pass saved the whole trip for me. overall good just not great :-) oh and "beauty" lake, kind of had my hopes up with the name... and honestly I was a little disappointed, loved all the different kinds of mushrooms though very neat

backpacking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful basin to camp in, and a well maintained trail.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I followed the directions to the trailhead from this app. It takes you to a small parking area with a dirt road leading from it. No trail sign at all except for a real small one in the corner of the bulletin board mentioning Fall River. We walked up the dirt road for about a mile and it splits into two dirt roads. We took the right one as that lined up with the trail map in this app. It goes for a total of 3 miles from the parking lot and then dead ends. Maybe we should have went left at the fork. Only thing we saw was a bunch of cows close to the road.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Was on a time limit, so unfortunately was about a mile short of the lake. But even though the beginning was a brutal sequence of switchbacks, it offered stunning views the whole way through. The trail is also incredibly well maintained and didn't have a single problem the whole way through.

fishing
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Me and few of my friends went here for a big, week long, summer fishing trip and I was very pleased with the beauty of the area. The hike in is easy at first, slight incline and very beautiful, but as you keep going you start to go up a canyon and it becomes quite a hard hike especially if you are backpacking it. Then the glorious pass comes marking the end of your steep climb with a killer view. After that its a bit up and down with another steep part to the first lake but once you see the view into the basin its all worth it. The fishing was really good, got lots of bites and fish they are all just very small and not much to eat. After a couple of days of fishing we hiked to the ridge which was a stunning view at about 11,800 feet. We got a constant storm every day at around 5 pm so watch out for those. wonderful area, lots of views and lakes and nice pine smells.

backpacking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Moderately difficult hike up to the first lake, plan on a short river crossing within the first mile. Beautiful meadows and views of nearby snow capped peaks and year-round glaciers as you advance on the trail. If fishing, don't expect any trophy fish. Plan on abundant 8-14 inch rainbow trout in the lower lakes. Upper lakes are mostly barren, with the best fish found in the large lake with high boulder fields to the south-west of the initial lake. Prepare for heavy mosquitos in the morning and evening with plenty of bug spray and netting. Definitely one of the most scenic areas of the winds I have ever been. Beautiful glacier-carved cliffs and partially frozen lakes made for an incredibly unique week of backpacking.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trail was very nice. Was very confused at the beginning. There are two trails that start at the same place or something. Not very clear on the actual start of the beauty lake trail. We started off on the only trail we could see and there were no indications on trail names when we got there. We hiked half - quarter mile and looked on all trail and the gps said we were off course. We ended up just cutting across through the trees and using the gps to hook up with the actual Beauty lake trail. Once we got on track it was wonderful. Uphill most of the way. On our way back we stopped at crane lake which is a quarter mile before beauty lake. We enjoyed crane lake more then beauty lake. There is a river crossing at the very beginning of the trail and we took our shoes of and crossed. Water was knee deep I would say. Very cold but lots of fun.

A high snow year made the route to the summit completely snow covered even in late June, but an amazing climb with views well worth the work!

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