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Great backpacking trip to Long lake. Original goal was Gem but we were not comfortable with the river crossing between Box and Long lakes. Saw a few people attempt and fall in the water (moving very fast right now). Still lots of snow past Box lake. We tried to navigate around Long Lake back to the trail but were not comfortable with the snow bridges (lots of water underneath and soft snow). Road is open now to the trail head, which means lots of day hikers :(. But we pretty much had Long Lake to ourselves as most day hikers turn around at Box. We found a campsite up on a ledge on the SW side of the lake, facing Morgan pass. Lake refroze overnight, but really perfect temperatures for early summer hiking!

A beautiful hike. I went the week after father's day and there was still snow up high which made finding the trail near the top a bit more difficult, but we made it without too much trouble- having been there before helped). Water levels- due to a week of 100 degree temps-were pretty high crossing a stream in one area. Doable but be really careful.

This is a truly beautiful trail. Day hiked it with some friends last November, slung the hammock up back by Long Lake and threw some lines in, while the wife and dog explored a bit . The brook trout were hitting hard, and I pulled out one after the other, all pan sized. The lake was half frozen already, but it was dead silent and we had the whole thing to ourselves. For a heavily trafficked trail, we were lucky to be able to get that serenity and solitude that we typically have to go deep into the wilderness to get. Perfect day. I'm really excited to come back and do a long weekend backpack trip to gem lakes, but by the looks of the last few reports and pictures, we probably need to give it a month or so.

backpacking
4 days ago

This is an awesome route! The road to Mosquito Flat is closed at Hilton Lakes so be prepared for an addition incline up the road. Encountered some patches of snow in the trail but still a serene adventure.

When is the best month to hike there when it's not too hot? I'm from NC

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing trail. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Temperature was 25F at 9am and warmed to near 55F at 4pm. Road from Rock Creek to Mosquito Flats Parking Lot was still closed with around 2 feet of ice mounds blocking. Trail was mostly covered with the same amount of melting ice and some deeper pockets beginning at Long Lake. Most of the interior lakes were still frozen over, though the streams were gushing with ice cold drinking water. Easy to wander off of the trail after Box Lake due to snow the night before, but relatively easy to know where you are.

Good hike . Was disappointed the creek/lake was no where near there trail .

Gorgeous trail! Lots of shade along the way, provided by a vast amount of plants and trees that grow beside the creek, along the route. Very pleasant as it gets very hot throughout the day, even in the spring. There are several historical, crashed vehicles along the hillside, which are fascinating to explore. But if you are expecting to see a lake along the trail or at the end of it, you will be disappointed - the photo in the description is misleading. The lake depicted is Rock Creek Lake, which is about 15 miles SW of the trail.

21 days ago

backpacking
26 days ago

Really awesome area to backpack to. Trail gets a little rough after second lake but its worth the climb. Beautiful lakes and good fishing. Small brown trout at upper lake bite like crazy. Nice area to set up camp right by the water, but does get a bit chilly at night as expected with the high altitude.

Easy trail towards the oldest living thing on earth: An ancient unmarked bristlecone thousands of years old. I walked the trail at midnight to catch an amazing view of the Milky Way rising over the valley below the white mountains.

Hiked Memorial Day weekend from Sabrina Lake parking lot. About 60-70% of trail was snowed in..trail was difficult to find at times. Took us 3 hours up to Blue Lake which was incredible and almost entirely frozen, some parts of trail were a little sketch with snow pack (crossing waterfall, snow metal on rocks, steep downhill bowl sections)..nice flat rocks for resting up near Blue Lake. Saw and got bites off a couple trout in blue Lake but very limited with ice. Totally worth the hike, in summer would be an incredible moderate hike but with snow I'd call it difficult for average person. 1.5 hours back due to downhill. Saw black bear sign, bald eagle, and mountain lion crossing road on the way down 168 into bishop! Would totally do this hike again.

hiking
29 days ago