Short and sweet hike! Mainly flat, but about halfway through you get some incline. No snow and it was beautiful. A little tricky to get the the trailhead though.

I’ve done this before. 10/10 hike. Tree is down on the road apx 4-5 miles from trailhead (as of May 13th), turned around and did trout/copper lake instead. Will def come back soon and hopefully the tree is gone. Prob worth the extra mileage cause it’s such a kewl trail.

Perfect. Raging river of runoff and a crystal clear Trout Lake.

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4 days ago

This trail is open now and not closed as AllTrails has it labeled. Great easy hike and great for history buffs.

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6 days ago

Beautiful trail on a nice blue sky day! Loved the signs and semi history lesson. My 13 and 5 year old sons were disappointed we couldn’t go through more of the tunnels but did enjoy seeing them. We went right and got the switchbacks out of the way first. Not too many people on 5/26. Highly recommend at least once!

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6 days ago

Did this two weeks ago got up to copper. The snow started after the bridge near the Angeline falls, spikes required. Camped at the lake on the snow. It was melting extremely fast. We had a couple scary slips. Lost the trail for the last two miles but made due with some faint foot steps and using the map. Will definitely do it again in a month or so.

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7 days ago

Atmospheric hike on a rainy day - the top section is a little overgrown at parts so waterproof pants would be advised if it’s wet. Not many people on trail on 5/25. Highly recommend doing the top section first so you go down the switchbacks rather then up!

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7 days ago

Group of 20 did the 9.2 mile on Saterday 23rd, 2020. It was worth the drive. Scenery was beautiful. There are a few places that has been washed out and trail was muddy in places. We didn't run into it but a few people had spotted a cub and turned around, we all proceeded with hike. Didnt see cub and dogs didnt alert on any bear.

Overall, it was a good hike and I’m glad we went. We started yesterday early morning and there were few tracks to follow once the snow started but we forged on to Copper lake. Very few campsites that weren’t covered in snow. I would think that in a few weeks the snow will melt and more campsites will open up. No luck fishing, unfortunately. Definitely a good day hike right now. Worth the trip. Wear your boots!

Awesome hike! Yesterday we hiked from the trailhead to Copper Lake. Definitely needed hiking sticks, and micro spikes were super helpful! There was lots of snow after the flat log bridge before the waterfall before the lake, about 6 ft of it. We’ve never been to Copper Lake, so we didn’t know where the trail really was once all of the snow started (there were lots of different sets of footprints), so we, along with 2-3 other groups, had to climb a big hill of snow to get to the top. Careful, there’s lots of spots where your leg can go through the snow! From there, once at the top of the hill, we took the trail to the left and Copper was only 200-400 yards away. The lake was frozen (a couple inches thick) except for near the creek, where there was no ice, and there was only about one other group of people camping overnight. Very cold at night! We left Copper this morning after cleaning up our campsite and decided to check out Malachite. We finally found the actual trail for both lakes and looked over Malachite (frozen, too). From there we hiked back to the trailhead. It only took about 3 hours w/ water breaks to get from Copper back to the trailhead. Lots of people going up!

Still lots of snow above 3,500 ft. There was about 6 ft. following the last bridge before the waterfall.

Well maintained trail with a variety of terrain. Most of the elevation rise is just before Trout Lake. Too much snow and ice to go much further, per other hikers we saw.

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13 days ago

Wonderful trail. Went left ... up the trail first and did the switch backs. Some elevation right away and then 4 miles for gradual downhill. Beautiful trail and views. Lots of water. Wear your rain coat with hood for waterfalls. Passed hikers that just saw a bear... but my friend talks so much he heard us coming.

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13 days ago

I’ve attempted this trail twice, once in early November, whereas we got to the first lake while snow fell around us, but anticipated the new snow being pretty slippery and decided to turn around while more fell. The lake was absolutely beautiful. Just tried the trail again 5/18 and we couldn’t even park at the start of the trail (although big grassy parking area at the entrance and walk up was beautiful) there was so much snow. The snow was a combo of crunchy and almost slushy in sun drenched areas, but overall packed hard enough we were able to make it almost to the first lake with 2-3 ft of snow on the trail. This would be a lot of fun if you have poles or snow gear. Just in our boots we managed two melt swollen river crossings in dubious ice bridges and logs and a couple vertigo inducing ice scrambles over steep meadow hillsides. Although I had a decent memory of the trail from my last trip, the snow made finding the actual trail almost impossible and we ended up losing it in the really steep section just before the lake and turned around. This trail is absolutely stunning with gorgeous views of the jagged mountains across from your ascent and these two failed attempts have only made me more determined to come back next month and see what’s up with the snow! I also love that no one else had foot prints in the snow and both times I came I saw no other cars of people (probs cuz I’m crazy for going there these times of year) lol

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16 days ago

May 16th 2020 Cool trail. Went right and hit the switchbacks immediately, so the rest of the hike was a waltz lightly downhill. Couple patches are cover by some landslides. Easy to climb around and find the trail again. Some stretches on the upper grade are overgrown. Wear pants, noticed a bunch of nettles and devils club. Was hoping to see Herbert the bear but alas did not. Bunch of tunnels though. Overall a super cool hike, definitely worth doing once. I probably won’t do it again - too close to highway 2 you can hear road noise most of the way. And not really old growth or wilderness, views were nice but not spectacular. Still an awesome experience, historically fascinating.

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16 days ago

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