DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,772 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

lake

hiking
4 days ago

This is a good trail if you want to escape the crowds. The trail begins with a temporary bridge that makes the first creek crossing easy (the permanent bridge has collapsed). After a short distance, however, the rushing cold creek overflows the rocky roadbed; high boots or water proof footwear is recommended as the water covered area can be larger than it is currently. Beyond this creek crossing the trail improves considerably past Beaver Lake and to the second lake with periodic gravel sections that are currently dry. The forest opens just before the second lake which is stunning. The nonofficial trail along it through a meadow of wildflowers continues at the far end around the logs and on to a third lake (First Summit Lake?) where more wildflowers and a vista of mountains makes for a beautiful lunch spot. We did not go further to Jacques Lake. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere. Elk and bear scat along the trail, birds and a bugling elk near Beaver Lake.