We started our hike from Barton Flats visitor center based on previous reviews. It's probably over a mile going uphill zigzagging but the trail was not steep and had a lot of shade so it's quite easy and clearly marked. The lake (more like a man made pond for fishing) was beautiful but water was a bit low in the fall. The hike itself was very pleasant with little creek and trees and occasionally a view of mountains nearby. Rangers at the visitor center were nice and helpful.