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23 hours ago

Hiked on 1/14 in the AM. Arrived around 10:00am and the parking lot was packed (I'd imagine due to some sunshine in January and the holiday weekend). That said, the trail didn't ever feel too busy, which was great.

It's a beautiful trail that follows a flowing stream (with numerous waterfalls) up the mountain. The trail is in pretty good shape, albeit a bit wet for most of the hike. You'll find a few good lookout points (overlooking the surround ranges) on the up. As other's have mentioned, there's a bit of snow towards the top, but with a decent pair of hiking boots you'll be fine (no crampons or spikes needed). The lake is beautiful at this time of the year - would absolutely recommend making the trek.

Great trail and scenery. Many describe this as “rocky” and I suppose the talus section is but unless you are doing this in running shoes, which would be a bad call, it’s really not that bad, I’ve seen a lot worse. You want proper hiking boots for this trail and preferably ones with some degree of “waterproofness”, many sections with running water. If you like cold wet feet then hey, go for it with runners! You’ll start to hit snow just before you pitch up into the lake, most of the lake circuit is packed snow, get off the trail and you’ll be “post-holing”. Unless you enjoy slipping, sliding, and falling on your butt microspikes are highly recommended. Can you do the lake loop without them, yes, but depending on the temperature this can get real “sporty”.

Great day, great hike, crowded but a solid good time!

1 day ago

easy - moderate hike. the lake at the end is frozen at this time of year

hiking
1 day ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail yesterday. Easily one of the coolest trails we’ve been on in terms of terrain. You’re going to see waterfalls, mountains, and exposed bluffs on the way up, and the lake itself is exquisite in the wintertime. If you want to spend some quality time up at the top (and you should), I’d recommend dressing in layers and bringing some gloves as it got a bit chilly.

Great hike! Some snow at the top today and pretty icy I suggest boots and snow covers(: dress in layers because there is an open rocky part that is much warmer than the rest of the trail

We tried going up to this hike today but had to turn around due to snow. We passed a hiker who came down from the trail and he said some parts were so snowy he went waist deep. Unless you are prepared currently too snowy for a nice hike.

Excellent hike. moderately steep switchbacks lead down to flat trail continuing for about 2 km until the trail becomes washed out. after this section the trail is no longer maintained by the park service, but there is a useable trail leading to 3 intact rail tunnels, remnants of a couple bridges and more.

Very icy when we went definitely recommend micro spikes and icy ❄️

Just as beautiful as last year in May. Went on the 1/7, a super rainy day. Icy and snowy on the top, but manageable. Didn’t use my micro spikes.

hiking
8 days ago

Love it. A couple of things worth mentioning. The snow at the lake is slippery so micro spikes might not be a bad idea. Second, I saw two avalanches, and heard a third in the mountain. So if you are planning to go around the lake watch for snow conditions.

hiking
11 days ago

My second hike and not that bad . I was beautiful wear good shoes and socks vary rocky and you walk through creeks. You can see water falls also this time a year vary snowy once you get towards the top . Worth every moment !!!

Really cool trail! The forest on the way in has a ton of personality and a waterfall, there's a view, and the lake was absolutely gorgeous. I had heard it was busy so went early on a weekday and only saw a couple other people. Micro spikes would have been nice since all the traffic has made very slippery packed ice on the way up. Glad I wore snow pants bc i ended up on my bum a couple times. Fantastic trail.

A little icy towards the top but can do it without micro spikes. Lake is completely frozen over and beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful easy to follow trail. Great hike for families.

hiking
14 days ago

The hike ends in a beautiful view with snow covered mountains and frozen lake. The road to TH is all clear, the parking lot has some snow though. Trail had snow and lots of muddy water. People were doing without spikes but we used spikes and I wouldn't have done it without spikes. Beware of the icy wooden bridges, saw people slipping on those a lot, we were fine with spikes.

hiking
14 days ago

nice hike with great views

hiking
15 days ago

The lake is beautiful and completely frozen over. Wear cramp ons the trail is pretty slippery at times. Be careful in little bridge log paths, I slipped on those a few times.

Amazing hike! Challenging when you near the top due to icy packed snow. Very rocky with ice cover. Otherwise a moderate hike.

Trail was great today! some fresh snow from last night. made it around the lake in hiking boots even though it's about 3 ft deep in places there's a nice packed trail. Trex and poles recommended, some spots were slick on the way down.

hiking
20 days ago

Great hike. The lake was completely frozen over.. The trail was well marked and parking lot accessible.

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