DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
462 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
21 days ago

Wanted to see wildlife, but the lake was pretty bare. A good hike with small ups and downs. Distances are accurate at 6.1 miles around. There ARE bears around. About 2 miles from the end of the loop (counter clockwise) we saw 2 grizzlies cross the trail from us about 50 feet away (fortunately running away from us). We never made as much noise as in our life for the rest of the loop. Coming back, about 2 miles from the trailhead we saw several cars pulled off from the road. About 200 yards away were two very large male grizzlies eating in the meadows (one on grasses and berries and one actually tearing apart some sort of carcass). Very impressive, but somewhat unsettling knowing that these were so close to the trail. This is bear country so carry your bear spray, but the hike was beautiful with the most impressive trees we had ever seen.