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dogs on leash
First hour a moderate uphill to trail junction. The next hour climbs more steeply to wilderness boundary. In mid-March, there was patchy snow on the trail on north-facing slopes. Once you reach the top of the rise, it is a nice downhill (no snow) all the way to the Meadows. More snow once you cross Payne Creek. Only saw a few other hikers on the way in and the same on the way out.
Eric P. on Abyss Lake
Not the best terrain in March, but the stream was pleasant and bordered the trail for the most part.
I've done this trail both in April and January. Both times I drove my 1996 Subaru Legacy and did not bottom out, contrary to other reviews. It snowed a ton before my January hike and I managed to make it in without high centering. I like this trail because it's secluded. The views are good at certain parts but it's all below tree line so don't expect vast landscape views. The trail merges with another at the end, so you can continue to explore once you've hiked about 3.5 miles in. The trail is much more difficult on snow shoes, partly because at certain spots it's sloped and narrow so it's easy to slide sideways. A good climb in snow shoes, my legs were burning.
Great winter hike. I got a late start so I didn't finish the hike, but what I saw was wonderful! I think the trail is a little easer than the rating suggests. The trail was pretty visible even in the snow. This is a great hike that is worth another visit in the spring/summer.