DISTANCE
12.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,884 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

rocky

washed out

backpacking
8 days ago

My SO and I planned to do this loop over 2 nights but were cut short due to weather. We hiked up to venable lake, it was 6.5-7 miles. The aspen groves were beautiful and the view before making the final climb amazing. The lake area was open and rocky, but good for setting up a tent. Unfortunately we got all settled in and the predicted light rain turned into a pretty bad storm and we had to throw everything in our packs and make a run for the trailhead. I’ll definitely be back to finish the loop another time.