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There was my first hiking in my life. Out of my shape, 49 years hold, 24 pounds backpack and ambition made finish. Actually, having a friend with me who made it before was the key. If I knew how hard it gonna be I would prepare myself before hit the mountain. Once we got there, I felt energized due to the magnificent view. The lake is incredible beautiful, quiet and bright. During 3 days I never got tired to see that surrounded Lake by mountains. Feel like all the place is yours, since it’s not easy getting there. We and maybe 5 parties were there for camping overnight and maybe 10 other parties just went there and returned on the same day. We explored other small lakes located about 1 hour far from lake Charles which kept us in motion. If you like natural and beautiful things I strongly recommend it, just prepare yourself for the endurance!

Can also take Haymaker from Pool and Ice

hiking
3 days ago

The end of the hike is brutal. The entire hike gets your heart pumping. Passed 4 people on a Saturday. Saw some nudists up at the lake, what could be better :)

Not crowded at all, we passed maybe 4 people all day. Gorgeous hike, especially in the fall.

Great hiking, tons of climbing however. You must be in shape to get there! Unbelievable scenic!

Trails consist of old, rutted, off camber roads - not a great surface for hiking. Would be fine for bikes.

High desert terrain without much variation. 96% has no shade.

The good: loop hike. Short drive from I-70. Not a bad trail to hit to break up a day of driving. Not crowded.

This is my local spot and I’m working on extending further into the backcountry because there’s many options available 3rd Gulch east of the creek, the ridge to the west, and BLM8384H connects Abrams Ridge to Itch, Scratch, Reynolds Wrap, Spring Creek Rd. and much more. Very lightly trafficked - bikes mostly on these trails. Some good views are available but only in certain spots. A creek and ridge loop can easily consist of 7 miles and 1250 feet of elevation.

don't waist your time!

Amazing views. Great trail all around. Fairly easy hike.

It’s more moderate than easy due to long incline. Nice variety with parts deep in Aspen groves and others along ridge with nice views. Seems the Sylvan Lake construction has reduced use as there were several trees felled across the trail and some overgrowth.

Good hike with a few steep areas, excellent scenery

Basically impossible to get to, hours of the map taking us down a road for thirty minutes just to be stopped by a gate or no trespassing sign and having to turn around, repeat x5.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this on a Saturday afternoon and came across a total of eight people... crazy! It's a long, dusty drive to get to to the trailhead off of 400 (I came through Eagle), but well worth it if you don't like hiking with a crowd. Not too tough of an effort, and (relatively) warm water in the lake.

trail running
1 month ago

Love this trail when you get to the top. It should not be rated easy though. Steep incline for 2 miles.

This hike was pretty easy at first with a moderate to difficult climb towards the end. The trail is slightly overgrown but not too bad. pretty and peaceful once you get to the lake.

Beautiful hike! It was moderate to difficult but the views up top were totally worth the climb.

awesome hike well worth it!

2 months ago

Pack it in, pack it out- including dog poop bags. Follow fire restrictions- no fires if there is a ban. Hard trip but peaceful destination.

Clean up after yourself, including dog poop bags. Pack it in, pack it out. Put out fires and DON’T have a fire when there are bans! Beautiful but challenging.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a new favorite hike. We only passed one person on the trail, and he was the guy running the Peter Estin Hut at the end of the trail. It's mostly covered with some exposed spots. As others have said, it's definitely longer than 3 miles. We clocked around 5+ miles up to the hut and back. But the views from the hut are great and well worth the incline.

It’s a very enjoyable hike providing panoramic views in certain places. Not too rocky and the insect factor has been negligible on the two I’ve done so far. Classic high desert flora with a few short inclines to get the blood pumping. Stay alert for riders in both directions.

Started from the road. 7 miles up to Lake and back. Definitely not for the novice but worth it. Lake is small but beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was amazing. It leads all the way up to Mt Charles which I nearly summited but was not prepared for such a long hike. 2.9 miles? Seems longer than that. Beautiful views, many alpine flowers in bloom, and just a nice long trail. It kicked my butt. I plan to come back here ASAP.

hiking
2 months ago

We started from the LEDE reservoir end of this trail and after about a mile the trail became very overgrown and nearly impossible to follow. After wandering around in the meadows we finally came across part of the trail that had lots of downed trees laying across it. It might be better from the opposite end, but starting from the LEDE end sucked.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is moderate to difficult. I used hiking poles today for the first time and was SO happy that I did! Some stretches of the trail are very steep and have small rocks that move and there are a few boggy spots to traverse, so the poles were helpful. The lake is gorgeous, but be certain to continue past to the overlook (about 100+ yards more. It is very cold at the lake so bring a warm jacket. Going back down was rough on my knees. Should have worn my brace.

hiking
3 months ago

The first part of this trail is relatively easy, but somewhat overgrown. Definitely recommend pants. The last 1/3 or so is more strenuous and has a lot more elevation gain. We were missing our hiking poles on the way back down due to some steep loose sections. Overall a fun, scenic hike with several nice waterfalls and a beautiful lake at the end. It took us just under three hours at an easy pace.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike. My son and I took a cave tour with guide and several Boy Scouts last summer. It was a highlight of our trip.

Absolutely amazing scenery. Lake Charles is an amazing alpine lake surrounded by some pretty staggering peaks. The lake was pretty much frozen over, except at the shoreline. Breathtaking (and that's not just the cold).

BUT

There was comprehensive coverage of knee deep snow on the ground, starting about two miles below Lake Charles. This made an already hard-to-find trail nearly impossible to follow. So we were pretty much postholing for those two miles (and it took us about three hours each way). If you've got snowshoes, bring em (at least until things warm up). And bring your GPS. That was key.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with a beautiful ending. One of my favorites. Mt Holy Cross overlooks the lake. Did this hike May 24th and there were still several stretches of knee deep snow, but you can mostly work around them with no trouble. Also, trees are down near the lake so it took a little creativity to get to the actual lake. We didn’t need microspikes or poles.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is used predominantly by mountain bikers so this nice walk was sometimes interrupted by the need to jump out of the way. The 300+ foot ascent happens mostly in climbing the first ridge but after that it's a comfortable series of rolling walks, largely through wooded glens. And it smelled fabulous kind of like wood baking in the sun.

There are a few hikes with trailheads in the immediate area. You'll want to park in the section of the lot furthest from the Eagle Ice Rink and Pool building to find the Haymaker trailhead.

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