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Although this trail is (said) easy, it was not easy for me. First of all, there are very little shady areas, so, if you came here on HOT days, the temparature climes up due to the rocks. One of my dogs had hard time and I had to carry him on the return. I, myself, was really tired of going up and down rocks. It was not a pleasant walk at all. The lake was filled with people and there was no place comfortable for me to sit down and enjoy the lake. I will not come back here. One good thing was I met a really really nice young man who offered to carry my dog on the return and also showed me the way to go back. It was not easy to follow the signs for coming and going. without his help, I might have been stocked in this camp ground without camping equipment. I did not get his name. But, if he reads this comment, he would know who I am. AGAIN, thank you for your help. I wish I got his name.

Beautiful views. Nice shorter hike with some climbing. Nice to have All Trails to stay on trail when there were a couple of forks.

Awesome short hike to a beautiful little swimming hole ! Definitely more incline on the way back than on the way there .

hiking
9 days ago

Not easy, I’d say more moderate with all of the hills. Great swimming hole. Beautiful hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Although this hike is short I would not classify it as easy simply because of the terrain. I hike 15+ miles all the time and the rocky terrain of this hike made it a bit more moderate. Awesome hike back to a beautiful lake though! We loved it! Also, the off-trail portions of the hike are lined by stacks of rocks which makes it easy to know you are going the right way. Definitely doing this again and making a day of it or maybe even camping overnight.

hiking
15 days ago

Great summer hike, it was more on the moderate side. Steep rocky terrain with the elevation made it much more challenging than expected. Beautiful scenery and the lake was great for a swim. Definitely will be going back again.

whoever rated this as easy is out of their mind. I walk/hike 5-7 days a week, and usually 3-7 miles. this hike should be rated as moderate. you go up the mountain and then all the way down on pretty rocky and steep terrain. it was a very pretty hike and the lake was perfect.

awesome short hike. great for a quick getaway with some friends and a couple of beers (pack in pack out). ☺

Day hiked July 14th to Lois Lake, did not make it to Scmidell due to time constraints. Nice trail with nice mix of forested, open granite areas, wild flowers, lakes and mountains. Trail is easy to lose in granite area, just need to head towards pass and take note of surroundings for hike back. Lots of open area which made it hot, bring lots of water or bring a filter. Plenty of lakes along the way so take advantage of them to cool off. Switch backs up pass is nicely graded.

hiking
1 month ago

Parking and access: The trail is located at the back end of Camp Sacramento, a small family cabin camp. There is a sign for parking for Lovers Leap trailhead to the left when you enter the camp, but there are only 3 spots. The pull-out on highway 50 for Camp Sac says no parking, but cars were there as well as across the street.

Trail: Starting from Camp Sac, the first junction a few minutes from the camp has a sign with a hiker symbol and the letters "PX" pointing toward straight to a trail that goes up and to the left. This is NOT the way to Lover's Leap. Continue straight ducking under the thick canopy. There is a another junction up ahead where the trail forks. Down and to the right a tree is marked "PX". Again, not Lover's Leap trail. Stay left at this second fork.

Overall: Great short hike. Tremendous views at the top. Stay left on the trail near the top as it meanders across the exposed rocks. You will eventually see a sign marking Lover's Leap (and warning you not to throw rocks at the climbers). I'm more concerned with someone's loose boot lace or a gust of wind causing them to throw themselves off the edge. Seriously, stay back and be safe.

Absolutely gorgeous trail. Elected to take the more strenuous route to Grouse and Hemlock but didn't make it to Smith this time. The turn off 50 onto Wright's Lake Road leads you up this windy, narrow back road that looks recently paved. I made it back there fine in my small car but it might be challenging for RVs or campers (in fact road signs warn just that at the start). My GPS had me parking at Twin Lakes Trailhead, but there was a road closed sign by the Wright's Lake equestrian campground. It did say no public use of rec area and I'm not quite sure what that means so I parked in the small parking lot there and walked back in to the trailhead (an additional 1.5 miles, all flat). Wright's lake has some private cabins surrounding it so it's not as secluded but the views are beautiful. The hike out towards Desolation Wilderness goes through some wetlands and I was very grateful for the mosquito spray I brought along. At points throughout the hike I'd get off trail a little bit but eventually find my way back, there are some cairns and rocks that line the trail in some of the more confusing parts so I never felt like I was lost, just didn't want to disturb the untouched vegetation off the trail. Once you hit the Desolation Wilderness sign, keep following the trail to the left and in a few hundred yards you'll reach a sign for Grouse Lake. The hike wasn't strenuous but definitely got the heart rate up and had a few fun rock scramble parts. I did pass a ranger on the way up and he thanked me for filling out the wilderness permit, so please do that, it's for your own safety! Once I reached Grouse lake I was just in awe, a beautiful secluded alpine lake. I spent a good hour taking it all in and in that time I only encountered 10 people max. I can't even count on two hands the amount of trout I saw jump, next time I'll be sure to bring my fly rod. I then decided to head up a little further and check out Hemlock lake. I was able to follow the trail for a little ways but then got off it and ended up having to scramble my way up, which was a blast. I later learned that the trail leads up next to the waterfalls that feed into the lake so just listen for those and head in that direction, again the cairns guide your way up. Once I got up to Hemlock, I was in awe again, this time I had the lake all to myself. There was quite a bit of pollen on the surface on the south side so I walked around to the north side to get my feet wet. There was still some snow melt that was feeding into the lake, but surprisingly it wasn't that cold. As I was relaxing on a rock, a few fly fisherman threw some casts out and one immediately hooked a big trout, another indication that the fly rod is coming back up with me. I finally started the trek down which took me about 2 hours from Hemlock. As I get older and my knees are less springy, I find that trekking poles are nice to have on the descent. I didn't have them this time but will likely bring them next. Overall great experience and I've had many friends ask to come next time. If you're on the fence about the 'strenuous' nature of the hike, don't worry about it, there are plenty of spots to rest along the way and you get to cool off at the top!

Nice hike. It was pretty quick and easy. Park across hwy 50 and walk into Camp Sacramento, free parking.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Lots of boulders and rocks which makes for some unsteady steps (a bit tough on ankles and bad knees) but plenty of flat areas about halfway in. Hiked to the cement bridge to the beautiful river. Very little parking. Plan ahead. If you can get a space there is a five dollar fee. We parked outside camp area and walked in. May 19, 2018

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail late April. Still quite a bit of snow on the ground as the trail is mostly on a north facing slope. Trail was a little hard to follow in the snow. It was a gorgeous day and the view from the leap was amazing! Crystal clear day!

Super awesome hike!!! A little snowy at the bottom but clears up pretty quick! Great view at the top!

My fav. summer swim hole. Side note: I just passed the trailhead today and the parking area is plowed, year round access baby.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a great hike to do with my 8&9 year old. They felt so accomplished once they made it to the top. And beautiful views this late in dec! A little icy and slippery but it just added to the fun!

hiking
7 months ago

Great little hike, patches of snow and ice on the trail. At the beginning of the trail 3 trees came down blocking the trail, after the 2nd tree head straight up and you'll be back on the trail again. Bring trekking poles in the winter. Lake is frozen over. enjoy views of silver lake, Kirkwood etc.

While rated as easy the elevation makes a bit more of a challenge. Especially with snow and ice. The lake was frozen and there was a frozen waterfall making the hike worth it. as my husband put it "it is good for the soul"

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Went mid October for a mild climate and gorgeous views. We brought a lunch despite it being a pretty short hike and ended up at the viewpoint spot to eat. Windy but fun nonetheless. The starting point wasn’t too hard to find, but a bit odd as we walked through an old camp to get to the starting point. After that easy elevation gain. Would recommend.

hiking
9 months ago

absolutely love this trail. The hike in was great even the switchback at the top isn't that bad. I'll make this a regular hike from now on. parking at the entrance to camp sacramento was easy.

backpacking
9 months ago

We probably got the last backpack of the season continuing past Grouse Lake to Smith Lake for 1 night (very cold and windy night), as we were hiking over snow from 8000' onwards and it began to get thick past Grouse Lake. Still great for hiking though and is well tread so the trail is easy to follow. All uphill so it's good work getting there, but lovely views and the lakes make it well worth it.

My favorite trail so far. Right off the main highway. Beautiful view of the lake at the bottom. I feel the descent / ascents would be a challenge for small children. I had my 2 year old in a carrier and wished I had trekking poles, but will bring them next time because it’s definitely worth repeating.

hiking
10 months ago

I started at Camp Sacramento. This trail is not very strenuous untill the last 1/8 of a mile which is almost streight up. it is a beautiful hike with well worn trail. Although the trail is well worn it is not well marked at a couple junctions. Keep right at the first junction and left (folow trail up hill) at the 2nd junction. The views from the top are outstanding. If you bring kids be mindful of the cliff side of the mountian. Well worth the short hike.

Good, short hike. Although I'd definitely rate it at the higher end of "easy" to the low end of "moderate". The trail is very rocky, especially on the back side of the hill. At times it can be hard to follow, so look for the little stacks of rocks. I don't know if that's a courtesy of the forest service, or other hikers, or just something neat people do, but those little stacks of rocks seem to be about every 50 to 100 yards and do well to keep you on the trail, lest you end up taking a more arduous path as I and my family did.

Was a great hike for my family! 2 adults a kid and dog!!

Going back!!

Time is running out if you haven't made this hike; as winter approaches trail will most likely close!

backpacking
11 months ago

Nice little short hike.

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