DISTANCE
5.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,991 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

forest

lake

views

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Had the trail to ourselves on a Thursday in August, probably due to the 91 degree forecast. The narrow 1.6 mile road to the TH does have some dips and crevasses, but the Subaru had no problem. Only 2 other cars in the parking lot. The actual mileage, roundtrip from TH to Merritt Lake, is 7.2 (not 5.4 as mentioned on several web sites). Took us 5 hours total. We had on a coat of bug spray and had no issues with the pests while having lunch next to the lake. Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the bug spray. At any rate, we enjoyed a peaceful picnic by the lake. We did not venture onto Lost Lake for the mileage was already beyond our 5 mile preferred distance. There was only one downed tree (I scrambled under it, my hiking partner scrambled around it) and it was a non event. The trail is well marked. GPS/Cell coverage during most of the trial was good. I enjoyed the workout (2,000 ft elevation gain) and glad we started early.