DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,463 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
22 days ago

We hiked this trail on July 29, 2018. The first part of the trail up to the lake has decent amount of shade midday, and a steady incline. Go through the campground and the trail reappears, follow the trail to the right when it forks. The trail follows the stream bed for awhile and there is evidence of the 2013 flood, but there are orange ribbons and cairns marking the way. Then the trail goes back up into the trees where it becomes more steep but it’s not very long before you reach the top of the hill. There are spectacular views in every direction. From here you’re back to following along the edge of the stream and it gets quite rocky. We went quite far along the rocks and up the scree slope but decided it wasn’t worth continuing right to the very top. The glacier has receded quite a bit so it is not really the highlight of the hike but the views back of Elpoca Mountain are stunning. The GPS on my phone put this hike at about 10km round trip with 774m elevation gain not going quite up to the very top, so it doesn’t quite match the trail description. We aren’t in the best shape and take lots of short breaks and we completed this hike in 3 hours and 45 minutes not including our break for lunch. This was a great hike for our puppy, lots of opportunities for him to drink from the lake and streams and to practice scrambling on the rocks.