DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,633 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail with lots of variety, flowers in boom, and wildlife (the pikas were out in the first rock field). Instead of a long climb up to a peak then coming back down, this trail has several shorter climbs and descents broken up by meadow crossings and goes in and out of the woods (and shade). The scramble up to the upper flank of Brown Peak is very worth the effort, as there are great views. On the way in, we saw only three backpackers heading out, and saw only ~ 10 groups on the way out, which is vastly different from the hoards just up the road at Sunrise.
When we entered the park at 07:15 there were only a couple of cars ahead of us at the entry point (not yet staffed), but when we departed the park, there was a very long line of cars that looked like an ~ 2-hour wait.