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Went in June last year. Road was closed from Brainard lake, which meant a long asphalt hike to get to the trailhead. We encountered some trouble about a mile in -- we weren't able to find the next blaze, and there weren't a clear set of footprints in the snow to follow, so we had to turn back. Would like to go back later in the year when snow has melted and trail is no longer buried.
Hiked on 4/14. Beautiful views, but too much snow to make it to the lakes with standard hiking boots. Also lost the trail a few times because of the snow. Still rate it a 4 because it's absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to attempt again in a couple months!
Foot traffic: Light in April
Parking: Lot found with directions from AllTrails. Bathroom at the parking lot.
Good to Know: The April moisture lead to muddy and snow areas in the shaded segments of the trail. Best navigated with waterproof boots!
Highlights: The stream that mirrored the trail echoed along the mile that took us to the boulders that wrapped around the reservoir. It was perfect for doggy water time and some stretch breaks. The rocks and winding path made for deeper concentration in some areas and would be a great, quick trail run in the summer when the trail has dried!
4th of July Road still has deep snow coverage. You'll need a high clearance 4x4 with good tires or snow chains to get up. Alternatively you can park at the Hessie trail head (if you get there early) and hike to this trail head, but that'll add about 3 miles each way to you're trek. Hessie Rd still has some deep snow in it too though, so all wheel drive or 4x4 with clearance would be best, but not required.
Easy 6 miles RT to the lake and back. I would highly recommend wearing traction on your feet. Yaktrax , chains, or spikes. Especially for the second half as there are some more steep slipperier parts. Snow is thawing aggressively at the moment. Plenty of snowy waterfalls.
Attempted to reach the 4th of July trailhead yesterday. Came across Subarus stranded in the snowy road 4 miles from the TH. We had to turn around, park below and hike to Lost Lake instead. I would only attempt with a high clearance vehicle with snow tires or chains at this point. AWD + AT tires still isn't going to cut it at this moment.
Awesome trail! Just know that at least 2/3 of it is snow covered including some rather steep portions, so wear appropriate footwear! Lake and mountain views are amazing at the end and well worth the hike. Parking got full on Saturday, so just know you might have to walk around an extra half mile or so from where you park down the road.