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***Warning: The 12-mile drive from Highway 299 to the trail head is covered with sharp rocks. There were 3 different flat tires at the trailhead. Make sure you've got an inflated-spare, drive slow & don't hesitate to stop the vehicle to move rocks out of the road.

The hike in starts off easy, then the last 1/3 is a nice challenge. The river crossings (right now) are easy, just grab a stick for added support, and you'll cross just fine. There's three patches in the trail that required pushing through over-growth, but nothing so bad you'd lose the trail.

All the work that you have to put in to get to the lake is absolutely worth it. Grizzly Meadows is gorgeous alone, but the falls and lake put this trip up there with the best of them. The hike out is a breeze, since you put in all the work on the way in. Great backpacking trip, highly recommend it and will do it again!

Fairly long and strenuous hike (4x 10 mile days, with 4000ft elevation gain). The first day is pretty mild (we slept at Pegleg campsite), but the second day to grizzly meadows has a lot of bush wacking and a lot of elevation gain (4000 ft). The meadow and waterfall is super nice. There are plenty of campsites in the meadow. From here you can scramble to the top of the fall and Grizzly Lake (1000ft up) the next day. Make sure you follow the cairns, and you will be fine! Grizzly lake is absolutely stunning.
We hiked 4th of July weekend and there was only snow up at the lake, but we could still hike to the lake and top of waterfall. Also there are two river crossings, although water was fairly high, they were passable knee deep.