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8 months ago

I hiked this trail in 1999. My goal was to hike the 5.75 miles from Big Creek Lake to the Seven Lakes. From there, I wanted to hike up over the Continental Divide and view what was on the other side. The first portion of the trail from the lake to the waterfalls is well worn and busy. From the waterfalls up to the Seven Lakes the hike is steep with several switchbacks. Along the way is an overlook where you can observe the Big Creek lakes and the beaver ponds in the valley. Across the valley is Red Elephant Mountain. From the overlook, it is about an hour hike to the Seven Lakes. At the Seven Lakes I rested for about a half-hour before I started up the final stretch to the ridge on the Continental Divide. There is no trail above the Seven Lakes. I did not know where to hike to reach the ridge. Suddenly, an Elk appeared on the ridge. He trotted along the top of the ridge and then disappeared between a couple of Spruce Trees. I decided that was where I needed to go. Blazing my own trail, I hiked through a marsh, across a small creek and scaled the slope to the Spruce Trees. I was not quite prepared for what I saw on the other side of the Divide. There before me was the rugged cathedral peaks of Mt. Zirkel. The panoramic view was amazing. The 12 miles round-trip hike took me about 7.0 hours. Be prepared for showers in the afternoon.