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28 days ago

The views of Long Lake and its surroundings are absolutely stunning.

Great beautiful trail with a nice variety of terrain, gorgeous views, and plenty of wild flowers. Lost the trail briefly at the highest peak. Could use some tail markers. All Trails app helped us get back on track pretty quickly. We highly recommend this hike!

Definitely not a moderate hike. More difficult than that. Half of the loop is basically bouldering up a mountain. Would not recommend to people with children or older folks. Put your dogs in boots as the rocks very very hot and can cause blistering on their paws. Also our GPS says 5.8 miles, not 4.5.

Why no dogs?

GPS said 5.8 miles. Beautiful hike! We did it clockwise and it was a bit rough going down the rocky side. Next time we'll try counter clockwise! So many amazing views!

Wonderful flowers all along the trail. Doable with kids (8, 9,12 years old) (6/27)

The path around the lake is a little difficult to find and navigate, pretty unmaintained and rocky. But the hike is really beautiful and worth the uphill climb! Easily marked trails leading up to the lake! Stop at the Gray Eagle lodge on after your hike and have a beer or a glass of wine!

Great hiking today.

This app said 4.5 miles but my gps said 5.8.

Would definitely do this again. Rocky trail is challenging. Hike up to Mt. Elwell is steep. Forged some streams. Experienced some snowpack on the way and at the top. Lots of diverse topography. We were tired.

Enjoyed the beautiful trail you can keep going up to Smith Lake and Long lake.

Beautiful area. Loved it.

10 months ago

What a great day. Doing this one again for sure. Maybe hiking boots next time.

11 months ago

I would not rate this a moderate trail. Majority of trail is uphill on loose rocks and there are several series of bolder steps with a twelve to eighteen inch vertical step. Thank heavens the water was so refreshing once we made it to Smith lake for a quick dip.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Lovely time on our first family hike!! Kids did great and it didn't take long to have the reward of the beautiful falls.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great hike. my 4 yr olds first backpacking trip. we camped at long lake eventhough it was "restricted". my son was too tired to hike out. this would have been nice to know before we got up there. We did some swimming. no luck with the fishing.

This is the most similar recording to the actual hike that I did, which I started up the Mt Elwell trail on the North flank starting at Smith Lake, and, then back down to the Gray Eagle Lodge on the Long Lake Trail. But, because of the late snow this year, it was very hard going up; I lost my trail and hiked on deep, steep snow for 3/4 of a mile.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Some shade, but wear sun screen.

This is a top five favorite for me! Very magical hike no doubt!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This hike was incredible. Highly recommended. Gorgeous lakes, places to relax, views... just perfect.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gorgeous views, wonderful hike.
Depending on time of year it can be very windy. Carry plenty of water for the backside as the only access to the lake is a short distance.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Really enjoyed the hike with family. beautiful scenery.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

This hike has it all --lakes, wildflowers, creeks, ferns, shade and sun, waterfalls, and butterflies. Even in mid-July, it was green and lush and in full bloom. Cool breezes on the top of Elwell. This app says "No dogs," but there were other dogs on the trail -including ours. Take your dog! We took a side trip cross country and found Hidden Lake. Not sure why there isn't a trail to this lake. It's not far from Maiden Lake, and it's gorgeous. I've included pictures of it as well as the other lakes you'll see on this amazing hike.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Doesn't get much better than this! Low traffic and beautiful views. I took a longer route going to Bear Lake too added a couple miles. Easy to follow.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A trail with beautiful vistas everywhere you look. Looking forward to doing more hikes in the area.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The PCT portion still had snow on it when I hiked it June 12. Camping at long lake is prohibited but the lakes to the north are amazing and you can camp there. Fun easy trails.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Beautiful hike. I would rate this more moderate rather than easy. There are some rocky sections on the Mt. Elwell side of the trail that was a little difficult on my dogs paws after awhile (granted my dog has city paws). I could also see younger kids having a tough time, but there are shorter loops in the area for them. Beautiful views every time you stop to take a breather!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great. Gorgeous! Be prepared to do some decently-difficult climbing over rocks/boulders on the far end of the lake. Definitely doable but I would not recommend for kids, elderly, or those in a more fragile state. Will take about 3 hours if you keep moving. I would highly recommend to others looking for a solid hike.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

April is an awesome time to go, loved it.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We wandered this trail over Labor Day weekend while the weather was just right. This was one of several trails that intertwine. The landscape and several lakes are beautiful and offer many photo ops. The trail was very well marked, well maintained and easy to identify. There is much that is easy to travel but several areas that are a bit more steep.

The one area of the trail that I would caution people to be aware of is on the far side of Long Lake. The trail crests over a peak and then turns into solid rock and boulders for a while. Enough so that hubs and I joked about going "billy goating". It was not terribly difficult, but definitely enough that you want appropriate shoes and need to watch your step.

There is an inlet to the PCT noted approx. 2 miles from the trail head, but we wound up on a different path before we got there. We'll definitely take a return trip to go dip a toe onto the PCT.

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