backpacking
16 days ago

July - Mid Summer

The hike to mirror lake, as well as the summit, offers some of the best alpine views I’ve ever seen with my own two eyes.

There are a lot of people on this trail though. The parking area was so packed we had to park on the road. Finding a campsite wasn’t too difficult (and we found a decent site), but we had quite a few neighbors. We also passed several people, dogs and horses on the trail.

Didn’t really see in wildlife.

The trail itself isn’t too difficult. It is very well maintained, and very easy to find your way to the basin. The beginning section is probably the most difficult, as you do most of your accent there until you reach the upper valley. Going to the summit makes for a great day hike, but you gain about 2000 feet in less than 3 miles.

There is a toilet at the parking area. Parking costs $5 per day, and a wilderness permit is required (free at trailhead). Also make sure you read the regulations as campfires are prohibited within 1/4 of a mile from many of the lakes in the basin.

Overall a beautiful trip, If a little overcrowded. Would recommend doing in the off season to avoid the crowd.