DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,087 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

hiking
10 months ago

***Just went as far as Mink Lake***

This is probably my favorite hike I've done on the north side of the park. Beautiful dense forest the whole way up. Waterfalls below you a few times on the way up. No bugs bothered us at all. The lake was crystal clear. We watched the small (looked like) trout jump as they caught insects while we ate our lunch.

It's a steady climb the whole way up. Very little variation in ascent rate. Which is great for setting a steady pace.

Nothing I would have changed!