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Beautiful, flowers in bloom! Walking to the second lake is worth it!

Beautiful the entire stretch and not crowded.

24 days ago

I would give this trail 3 stars but we had the lake nearly to ourselves. There is a bunch of erosion and deadfall on the upper half. No snow on June 23 and plenty of water for the dog.

Great out and back hike. Lots of water and a couple off very cool bridges!

awesome! high altitude makes for hard breathing if not in great shape but worth it. preferred first lake to 2nd, but still really neat. got hailed on coming down from 2nd lake. no tree cover!! drive out was rough.

Monday, July 17, 2017

This is a great hike. We camped at the lake and hiked up to Mormon the 2nd day. We were the only people camped the first night. There may have been one other set of campers Saturday night.

IMPORTANT! The trailhead is 10.6 miles up the unpaved 105 road(check mile markers) NOT 9 miles. Park on the pull-out on the left on the main road - only a very short walk to the trailhead. 1.6 miles to Lyle Lake. Another about 1.6 miles to Mormon. Not too muddy - lots of wildflowers. Beautiful lake! Great for kids.

on Chapman Trail

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Good conditioning easy / moderate hike. Long traverse up side of a ridge, then pretty flat to Chapman Lake. Chapman is pretty much filled with water lillies

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Excellent review by Kendra.
Beautiful hike up a fairly broad valley. Mileage from trailhead to Lyle is 1.6 miles. Elevation gain to Lyle is 650 ft.

If you don have a high clearance vehicle, park on Ivanhoe Road ( take right fork) and walk the 100 yards to trail head.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Great early July 2017 hike.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Camped at Ivanhoe lake and hiked to Lyle lake. Then hiked to above the lake.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Here was our schedule for the hike:
Drive 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Hike up 2:30 to 4
Hike down 4 to 5
Drive down 5 to 6:40

Our house in Basalt is right by the Whole Foods, so plan on a 2 hour drive from there.

Sept 23, 2014- high in basalt was low 70s, when we arrived at the site the temp was 52, when we left it was 57. Dress in layers and bring ear muffs if you get cold easily. It was coldest up by the lake. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

The way up is definitely harder. It's almost all uphill and the elevation begins at 10,800 so if you aren't used to it, you will definitely feel it. Take it slow like we definitely did and you will be fine.

We didn't have our hiking boots with us on this trip and we were mostly fine. The benefits of hiking boots would have been: (1) you cross the stream and it's pretty muddy so a waterproof shoe would have been nice. (2) on the climb down from the second lake, it would have been nice to have hiking boots to prevent the toe crunch. Other than that it's a hike that's totally doable in tennis shoes.
The second lake is supposedly only 1/4 mile from the first but it's extremely steep and we didn't find the trail that was supposed to be there. That hike to the second lake took a while. The first lake is prettier so you can skip the second one if you aren't feeling up to it.

Bring lots of food, water, TP and a disposal bag to pack it out, first aid kit, and a full tank of gas. You will not find any cell service or anyone to help you up there so make sure you are prepared. There's lots of brush that will graze your legs so pants might be better.

We made it up in a bmw sedan but the last 10 miles were a really rough drive - the roughest we've ever been on and we've been on some scary drives. If you have an SUV, bring it. Go very slow and take your time. The last 10 miles will take you an hour in a sedan on the way up, 45 on the way down. Make sure your tires are filled properly, your spare tire is ready to go, and that someone in your car knows how to change a flat. You will barely see anyone on this road.

The drive takes longer than the hike (4 hours of driving for a 2.5 hour hike). The drive is absolutely stunning though. The leaves were changing colors - and most of the drive is along a creek. Beautiful.

On the hike, the only wildlife we saw were small birds, chipmunks, and weasels.

The directions on the hiking sites say at the end of the 10 miles to drive another 100 ft and park by the bulletin board. That 100 ft of road is almost impossible to get up, especially in a sedan, so park by the gate and walk up.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Amazing hike. Open meadows. Trail follows a great stream the whole time and ends at a beautiful lake. Everything you could ever want in a hike!

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Monday, September 07, 2015