DISTANCE
7.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,437 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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21 days ago

The directions link (as of 7/30/2018) on here takes you to the Lower Lehman campground. You can start from there, but you can also start from the Upper Lehman campground which will save you nearly a mile in each direction. The "real" trail starts from Upper Lehman campground. Some people do it in the opposite direction and descend from Wheeler Peak Campground and than go back up (or maybe hitch a ride back? - cheaters!).

I gave this two stars because the first 2/3 are really boring (for me anyway). The trail is ok and the scenery is ok. It was very disappointing because you can hear the creek but the trail only takes you right beside the creek for about 200 yards! Seriously, that's it. Aside from that short stretch, you can hear it for awhile and then you can't even hear it anymore as you go higher. The top 1/3 of the trail gets much better from the point you hit the meadow which has very nice views of Wheeler Peak. The forest scenery is nicer after that too up to Wheeler Peak Campground. We saw some deer and wild turkeys.

For the experienced hiker, it's a moderate hike. For the casual/beginner hiker, it's a hard hike as it's an unrelenting climb until the meadow. There are very few flat spots before that point. It's a good workout but there are nicer trails.