snowshoeing
off trail
snow
3 days ago

5/29 started with intentions of snow lake and missed the stream crossing to the switchbacks. Was pleasantly surprised by the view from thunder pass. I would recommend snowshoes for a while still unless it's been cold enough to keep the snow hard below tree line. Saw a few green horns coming up in shorts and ankle high shoes.. good luck! Started post holing after a couple miles from the parking off 14. Drift depths varied greatly. Snowmobile tracks although old were fairly packed in the morning. Very slushy after noon. Up high, Lakes were beginning to turn bright blue from thawing on the surface. Thunder pass was dry and Lulu mountain was scattered with mountain goats!

5/29 beautiful day. Ended up checking out thunder pass after missing the river crossing at the switchbacks. Snowshoes went on after about 2.5 miles in. Still hard snow in the morning but slushy headed down. I wouldn't recommend it without snowshoes unless you can be down before 10-11am with how warm it has been. Still, you'd have to be ready to post hole now and then when you get off the trail.. Saw 10 mountain goats up on lulu mountain. Other than that only tracks of every which kind of critter.I'll be back for more later on and to see it melted and full of flowers! The views are worth the hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Just hiked the trail on 5/23. Hiking the first mile was basically a dirt road and the moment you get to the trail head, it's completely snow covered the rest of the way. Easy, hike and did it without crampons. Gorgeous views through out!

hiking
snow
10 days ago

As of 5/23 the road to the trailhead is still closed - adds 1.5 miles of easy gravel road with some scattered snowbanks before starting. Trail is covered in multiple feet of snow, mostly hard packed snowbank. Didn't finish this time so unsure of conditions after 2 miles.

Can anyone tell me if this trail is closed currently and what the weather conditions are? Planning to hike this weekend but don’t want to drive if it’s blocked off. Thanks!

skiing
snow
28 days ago

As of 05/05/20, snow up to the winter trailhead, although a small bit had melted out right after the gate as we got back to the car around 12:30. We skiied the bowl behind the lake so can't realoly say how postholey the trail is, but I would recommend floatation for another week at least, especially in the afternoon. The snow was definitely getting mushy. There's still at least 2 m snow on the bowl. Recorded about 7 mi and 2500 ft gain to the top of the saddle.

snowshoeing
muddy
snow
1 month ago

The road from CR 41 to the trailhead is still closed, which adds a couple miles to the hike. There was still plenty of snow to go around, though it was nice wet snow which made it easy to snowshoe or even hike through. I wasn't able to make it up to Kelly Lake and instead took a detour to Jewel Lake. It took me about half a day to make it up there. The views were definitely worth it, although not enough snow has melted for Jewel Lake to actually show. I will definitely be returning come summer to conquer Kelly Lake!

hiking
fee
icy
snow
1 month ago

Will have to try this one in the summer, i fell hip-deep every 10th step. The little I did hike of it, It’s beautiful!

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Great day in the snow and sun! Snowshoed all the way from the car to the lakes. Winter trail is about 10 miles round trip according to my Apple Watch.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Beautiful, amazing back country snowboarding destination. Fairly safe terrain all the way to the advanced. It’s one hell of a snowshoe hike with a board on your back but well worth it. .. plenty to do, could stay here for days and not hit all I wanna hit there!

Was lucky enough to have the Clark Peak Yurt reserved for labor day weekend 2019, so access to the trail wasn’t a huge issue. As the other comments mentioned, this hike is no joke, but Kelly Lake is gorgeous and worth it. Be ready for incline and scrambling, and don’t forget to go down to the lake itself (though the overlook is also beautiful). Lastly, there was still some snow on this trail, but it wasn’t a predominant obstacle when compared to the incline (which, luckily, is mostly in the shade). Good luck!

snowshoeing
fee
snow
3 months ago

Amazing hike that has never left me shy of a few moose sightings per trip. Be very cautious while the female moose have their babies with them. They become wildly aggressive and I have been charged on this trail without even getting close. The day we were charged we ran into two seperate Cow and Calf pairs on our way back to the trail head. Both right on trail, both snarling and kicking up dust with heckled raised.

Made it to the saddle a few times but never any further. The vuews are great but it is a very very challenging hike for its short length. All off trail and a very steep climb after the lake. The final climb to the saddle was the worst part for our group. I don't recomenend this hike to anyone but experienced off trail hikers, with that said I got a 7 year old and a female that doesn't like offtrailing to the top, all after many failed attempts to get to the saddle with adult men as hiking buddies.

hiking
4 months ago

Forgot snowshoes. Packed enough for hiking boots. Not a soul around except a coyote. Need to come back and do full

on Lake Agnes Trail

snowshoeing
fee
snow
4 months ago

skiing
icy
snow
5 months ago

A good place to ski in the winter and a perfect place to hike and camp in the summer! Surrounded by other lakes and mountain features, this is one awesome place to play. Does get pretty hectic during summer months with outdoor recreation booming. Winter is usually pretty calm except for the weekends.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful hike on a bluebird day . There is a solid trench in up to the summer trailhead And we got by with just micro spikes. Beyond that snowshoes were helpful.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Had to start at parking lot as road is closed. Total length was 5.2 miles with 1,066 elevation gain. Definitely recommend snow shoes! Would make the snow much easier to navigate but doable without. Awesome trail with few people!

hiking
7 months ago

This was awesome! Beautiful and lonely; we did not see another soul all day. It's not particularly slippery yet, though there was new snow. Path was very easy to follow.

There was an inch of new snow, but we did not need traction. We hiked on Friday and did not see another soul on the entire hike. It was somewhat cold, but not very windy. The trail up to American Lakes was wide and quite easy to follow. We lost the trail on the way up to Snow Lake, but it was still quite easy to scramble our way up. We just had to be a little extra careful on the rocks. Very fun day!

It’s tough to get to the trailhead right now. 4wd with a lift is my recommendation. Difficult but great

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