To start we are not experienced hikiers....We went October 6th, the temperature was great for hiking. We drive a Honda Fit was was worried we weren't going to make it up the road once we hit the gravel, lots of large holes to avoid. Once there the first mile or so was good then we started hitting snow, the footing was ok as long as you had shoes with good traction. The last mile or so to the lake was very steep and with the snow cover,we thought about turning around a couple times,but had come so far we decided to go for it. The lake was beautiful. On the way back the footing was mostly slush and pretty slippery. Overall I would do this hike again, but would definitely go a little earlier in the year, as having better footing would have made it more enjoyable.