DISTANCE
6.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,489 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

snow

backpacking
4 days ago

Hiked to Surprise Lake yesterday with a friend and our two dogs. It was her first backpacking trip, we camped at Surprise Lake and day hiked to Upper Cataract. We got a little rained on but the temperatures were perfect. Because we were hiking in on a Sunday, most folks were headed out and we basically had both lakes to ourselves. No snow at either lake, the trail was steep in sections but the trees kept it shaded and the views were worth it in the end!