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Mosquitoes not bad. LOTS of people on the trail as we hiked out Saturday and the lot was overflow. But a great place to spend the week.

hiking
12 days ago

We missed trail to clear lake but that was Ok cause there was a connector trail from Black Joe trail to clear lake. Beautiful alpine scenery, Did this trail clockwise and glad we did cause trail down ravine past Miller lake was very steep. If you want to follow trail to Clear Lake you must hug trail to stream after crossing stream at end of Big Sandy Lake. Nice area to base camp also.

Parking lot was jam packed. Trail was great. Camping was beautiful. We stayed on the south side near between both lakes.

The parking lot was overflowing, and the trail was moderately crowded. I enjoyed the views of the river that runs adjacent the trail. We camped on the southwest side of Big Sandy Lake where the outlet flows into the adjacent lake. Beautiful spot. Mosquitoes weren't as bad as expected. Big Sandy is a great place to base camp with several day hike options. I'll be back!

Beutiful easy hike lots of bugs at shadow lake and dads lakes
Great campsites did not see any animals

Beautiful but still covered in way too much snow as of June 10th. We made it to Shadow Lake but post-holed the last 2.5 miles and could not make the trek over the pass to the South side of the Towers

hiking
3 months ago

took my children into dads lake and out in one day. It was a very well maintained trail that was easy to walk with the kids. Beautiful views the entire way in and out.

Loved every moment of it

A favorite place to hike into, then take day hikes out each day to many spots. Although the trail is heavily used, it never seemed out of control. We would encounter 1-2 groups only on each trip and briefly.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike. Not technical other than a lot river crossing

Sunday, June 25, 2017

AWESOME

backpacking
Friday, April 28, 2017

Loved this trail! We took about 10 llamas, 5 people and 2 dogs with us and it was an incredible getaway. The trail is pretty easy (made easier with pack animals to carry our heavy stuff) and the views were incredible. The icy refreshing lake made for a great reward after about 2 days in. Perfect for a 5 day trip.

backpacking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

Relatively east trail to a nice area with lots of lake options

backpacking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

This trail takes you to the Shadow Lake and the North Side of the Cirque of the Towers and the views are stunning. Can climb up the very steep Texas Pass and see the Cirque of the Towers from the south, even more amazing and return back to the Big Sandy trail-head

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

An amazingly beautiful place. There are many trails that branch off from the big sandy trail after 6 miles. We did a 2 night 3 day loop. We hiked passed big sandy lake and clear lake the first day, camping near clear lake on the giant rock slabs. The next day we passed deep lake and temple lake, looping around we camped near rapid creek the second night. This is a loop that connects back to big sandy lake. I think most people don't realize u can loop around as many of the people we met had gone on the same path to deep lake and back. We passed many hikers on the way to deep lake but saw no one the second day hiking near rapid creek. The different scenery of mountains, lakes, meadows, and creeks were amazing. The total loop was around 24 miles.

on Shadow Lake Trail

hiking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Shadow lake trail is a moderate hiking trail that leads past several lakes before coming to Shadow Lake. Meeks Lake, Mirror Lake, Dads Lake and Marms Lake. Well marked trail with some nice views of meadows, lakes, streams and mountains. @backpackerneil

on Lowline Trail

hiking
Monday, September 07, 2015

Great hike, do this hike on a cooler day. Be prepared for weather. This is not an easy trail by no means, most people take horses up.

hiking
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Easy well maintained trail to a nice lake with great views

hiking
Sunday, August 24, 2014

Easy well maintained trail that rises and climbs through 5 drainage's passing multiple lakes. As you get to the washakie creek area you can view the north size of the cirque of the towers. I rate the trail as moderate difficulty only because of the altitude. The lake is at timberline but has a few pockets of trees that provide some shelter from wind.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Good trail to a beautiful lake with amazing views. Went past the end of the trail along the side of the Lake. Wished I could have gone into the upper basin above the lake. Be sure to take a side trail to a saddle a little below the lake for a great view of Haystack and Temple peaks.

backpacking
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hiked this at the end of a multi-day trip with a base camp on Big Sandy Lake. Maps didn't show a trail but because of such high use found a trail about 2/3 of the way to the lake coming up the ridge near the river drainage from the lake. Small beautiful lake that is less heavily used than Big Sandy

backpacking
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hiked this as part of an extended trip from Big Sandy Lake and made the Temple Lake part of a loop. Between Clear Lake and Deep Lake the trail goes over granite with multiple rock cairns marking several paths but it doesn't matter because its above timberline and you just follow the stream or granite up to the lake. Coming down between Rapid Lake and Big Sandy again because of multiple trails we lost the correct trail and camp down an extremely steep trail that wasn't the correct trail so be careful picking your way. The Forest service doesn't maintain the trail from Temple-Miller-Rapid-Big Sandy lake trail. The trail does not appear on some maps but does appear on Topo Maps.

backpacking
Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy trail to a beautiful lake. camped 4 nights and day hiked to three amazing areas, Cirque of the Towers, Black Joe Lake and then Temple lake. Make sure that you give yourself time to explore off trail

fishing
Sunday, September 02, 2012

I love this trail. I have not complete the WHOLE trail, but only anout 6-7 miles of it. Never have had the time or money to do the whole trail. When I was young my dad would take me every summer til the end of high school. That was considered "my backyard" in a way. The fishing was great and camping was always the thing for us. There are some parts of this trail that are pretty demanding I could say, requiring a lot of muscle use and had to make some stops as we went on this trail. Went to Big Sandy Lake, Meek's Lake (steep going one way, flat from the other side), Clear Lake, and there are a few good fishing spots on the river along the this trail. I still go there when I can and still enjoy it no matter what I am doing.

hiking
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