DISTANCE
16.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,824 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

19 days ago

didn't actually make it to Big Elk Lake. Rating 3-stars b/c is currently the average review.

Went up 35 in a Subaru Tribeca based on reports of Outbacks at the top. Great example of the deep fried shirt: 'i didn't say he couldn't, I said *you* shouldn't.' Quit about a mile from the top. Hiked with the kids for the last mile of the road, but it was getting too late to attempt the trail to Big Elk Lake. The kids enjoyed it and there are some small ponds and overlooks that are nice in that stretch.

On the way down, my left front skidded off a rock and the sidewall got punctured. amazingly, the spare made it down. Great adventure, but I don't recommend it to others. Bring a serious vehicle. I'm newly considering such a purchase.