Photos of Kaufmann Lake

DISTANCE
18.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,169 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

lake

river

hiking
6 months ago

Honestly not worth the effort.

Quick run down: went on the trail at the end of June and honestly it seems like it hasn’t been maintained for 5 years (or the latter half of it at least). The first 8 or so km is OK, but there are still a lot of fallen logs and overgrown bush on the trail to contend with. After this 8km point the trail gets really funky, landslides and completely overgrown areas crowd the trail. Stay near the river to make it all the way to the 10km turn off sign, which the trail is incredibly difficult to follow - even for an experienced hiker. Didn’t actually make it to the sharp incline to the top of Kauffman’s Lake as rain set in and the trail was unfindable. Do your best to follow a few of the rock structures we set up to indicate the trail. Otherwise you’re simply hiking through and forest destroyed by a fire.