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Went on a clear day with probably 18" of snow pack along much of the trail, didn't need snowshoes but they wouldn't have hurt to take along. Took a detour on accident down to the train tracks (sharp right off the trail just before the slight right that goes to the shelter) and had a serendipitous train sighting which was enjoyable. Tons of railroad spikes laying around by the tracks that might make for a welcome souvenir. Gradual grade most of the way to the shelter which is a short side path off of the main trail. Well stocked with wood and we got a fire roaring quickly, had a couple Worthy beers and enjoyed the afternoon before making it back just in time to lose daylight. A welcome day trip that I'll make again.

We did an out and back to the Maiden Peak Shelter today. 13 miles round trip. Trail is mixed clear, ice, and packed snow. We used our Yak Trax the whole way. It was a beautiful day. No one on the trails. We think someone stayed overnight last night as a fire was still warm in the shelter.

I snowshoed to Bechtel shelter in mid November after a good weeklong snowfall.
The whole route is on forest roads (Abernathy/Pengra pass road): NF5899 for the first mile and then NF511 for the last mile to the shelter.
I had to blaze the snowshoe trail in virgin deep (2+ feet) and powdery snow. That made for a pretty long slog and a couple undignified falls. If the trail is already packed by others this should be a easy to moderate snowshoe route; the elevation gain is around 300ft and makes for a relatively flat-ish route. The last half-mile to the shelter is a bit steeper than the rest.
The shelter is a a couple hundred feet steep drop below the road and steep (I put on my heel lifts when climbing back up).
When I got there, the shelter was well kept and stocked with firewood. A wood stove, wooden table, and benches form the ground floor room. A loft provides sleeping quarters for a few backpackers.
There are no views to speak of on this trail (other than, of course, the wonderful winter scenery on a bright sunny day).
Parking at the Gold Lake Sno-Park is convenient (don't forget you Sno-Park pass in season) and provides restrooms plus the Gold Lake SnoPark shelter and warming center (fully enclosed structure).

hiking
8 months ago

I hiked the Sawtooth Mountain trail in early September.
The route I chose is a loop starting on Indigo Trail, then Sawtooth Mountain trail to reach the climbers trail via the south ridge. Once at the top, I decided to go for a scramble of the north ridge to try and intersect the Windy Pass trail. From there, I did succeed but route finding and strain on old legs made this section a small challenge. From there I descended to Indigo Lake and walked the trail that goes around the lake. Finally, I returned to Timpanogas Lake via the Indigo Lake trail. All said, about 10 miles.

The lakes (Timpanogas, Indigo), the scramble up the south summit and true summit, the views from the summit, and the cool/shaded forested sections make this trail a small gem. Combine the hiking with some camping, backpacking, fishing, etc and you get more for your footsteps. There are also several route variants, including a traverse from Sawtooth Mountain to Cowhorn Mountain.

If you follow the Sawtooth Mountain trail, it is good to know that you will be climbing two ridges (at 2 miles and 3 miles) before getting to the use trail at the 4 miles mark or so. These two climbs are fairly steep... mostly because switchbacks appear to not have yet been invented when the trail was cut.. it goes almost straight up and ahead.

The scrambles to the south summit and the true summit are neither technically very difficult nor very long. However, there is exposure on the sides of the summits ridge and good footwear, good attention and caution are necessary. The summit itself has major exposure on the east side;

In season, bugs are likely an obstacle to prepare for; there are two lakes to go by and a few wet/marshy area not far.The summit ridge is, of course, exposes to the run; you may want to carry sunscreen.

This is a great hike! A comfortable pace is 10-15 miles a day for me but I could do 20 if I was determined. Beautiful lakes and views 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile off trail are worth the extra distance. Consistent water access is a plus!

hiking
9 months ago

A hiking buddy and I had been wanting to take this hike for sometime and surpassed any expectations I might have had regarding it. As recommended by William Sullivan, we began at the Meek Lake trailhead. However the dirt road that leads from Crescent Lake to Summit Lake is not maintained and with each passing year, it degrades further. It took us about 30 minutes to travel the 3.9 miles.

As for the hike, it is a gradual uphill. The lodgepole forest was replaced near Meek Lake with the more appealing shade of hemlocks and firs, and the dusty trail was softened by needles and canopy litter. With a myriad of ponds and lakes along the path, the hike in my opinion offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities. Lastly, the trail offers a tremendous amount of solitude. We hiked it on a Sunday in mid-August and never met a single person along the trail. It was only at East Lake that we met a few backpackers.

I only do about 10 miles in and out on this section. Nice views with several small lakes, one after another. The Rosary Lakes. Farther up the trail is a couple more splits to other lakes? Look forward to doing some of these in the future. Bring your bug spray, skeeters were hungry this week!

This is a wonderful rustic campground with tent sites and comfy cabins. There is a lot of different things to do from fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and disc golf. While it is called a resort, it offers a lodge with a restaurant, coffee bar and fireplace lounge - it also is a family run campground with a very private and rustic atmosphere. I hesitate to recommend this place, but to all of you that like the best of both worlds when you get away from it all, this is the place. Let's just be respectful and let it stay locked in time.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Beautiful alpine lakes with perfect places to camp. Caught brook trout in nearby Suzanne lake for dinner. Wouldn't rate this trail as difficult, but it does travel continuously uphill on your way in. Some maps suggest this trail is 5 miles only, but it is definitely a bit longer. warning- buggy lakes in the summer! The mosquitos will drive you away if you do this one at the wrong time.

paddle sports
Saturday, November 15, 2014

Fantastic camp grounds! They have EVERYTHING! Horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, boating, swimming, camping, hiking, great food, cabins (for those to glamorous to have dirty feet), and more...

hiking
Monday, July 13, 2015