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Hiked clockwise with my 2 boys (13/16). We went 3-4 miles the first day and finished the remainder of the hike the next (setup tent at campground).

Gorgeous views/lakes first half of hike. Second half was a bit more lack-luster, but the valley's and peaceful nature was hard not to enjoy.

My boys enjoyed the large rocks and lakes. We saw a deer, but that was it. Hoping for more wildlife...and possibly a little more rugged terrain. Overall, nice hike. Moderately trafficked. (...but it was Labor Day weekend - open day of bow hunting.)

mountain biking
1 month ago

A ton of really pretty views of the creek.

Beautiful hike! We went clockwise and had lovely weather the whole time, with just a touch of rain the first evening and some wind the second day. There was moderate traffic but not bad and we camped just beyond North Gap Lake with no neighbors. We encountered no mosquitos or large wildlife other than cows and horses.

As another reviewer mentioned, the trail as it skims along North Gap Lake is all boulders and may be a bit difficult for some dogs. Not hard to traverse if you know what to expect and take your time with foot placement. We added some photos showing it from both sides.

This is definitely one we would do again!

Love this hike so much did it again! Despite the rating of hard, I would call this more of a moderate hike as the elevation gain is spread out over the distance, and my Fitbit measured more like 600 ft elevation gain. The boulder field along the lake scares a few people, but just take your time and watch where you place your foot. The views, snow and wildflowers on this hike are amazing.

A beautiful hike. We took our grandsons to Reservoir Lake on a fishing overnighter and they had a blast. Boulder field at North Gap was a little tricky for me...60... with full backpack, other than that, it was great. Great memories!

This trail was a lot of fun, started at the Sheep Lake Trailhead and backpacked the loop to end back at Brooklyn Lake. Hiked in a little over a mile on a Friday night, then split the remainder of the 14 mi. total trail on Saturday/Sunday. Weather was good, little bit of rain and hail but not bad at all. Caught some brookies at North Gap Lake, plenty of people up there fishing. My only warning would be to inexperienced backpackers - when you arrive at North Gap lake (either before or after you go over the gap at Browns Peak), there is a cascade of boulders between you and the continuation of your journey that could be a little challenging. I've seen some people say to go up top to the shelf and OVER the boulders, however we stayed low on the water and walked on the boulders. It was...unpleasant, but doable. Our dog got stuck at one point so we had to drop packs to go back and get him, but all ended well. Was just a bit of a surprise to us, so thought it might help other people. Overall, beautiful trail, will definitely be back to backpack again!

hiking
2 months ago

Gentle climbs from one stunning meadow to the next. Very green. Downfall has been cleared from trail as of August 2018.

Stunning! 10/10

Took the trail and overnighted Monday. Beautiful trail, not as hard as rated (I’d say it’s moderate).
But, getting over the boulder field at north gap lake with a full pack could be a little dicey for some, not too bad with just a day pack or something light. You’ll just need a lot of balance and a heavy pack could throw you off and ruin your day.
Snow was all melted off the trails.
Gorgeous flowers the entire way. My wife’s new favorite trail.

Beautiful hike! Not crowded!

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of rolling hills and several downed trees to navigate. I saw a moose up pretty close here

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful walk/ very easy hike through the woods. some down trees.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

A lot of open spaces, we got hailed on for a majority of the way but a good, flat hike regardless

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Monday, July 03, 2017

Great simple trail. Quite a few trees across the trail but easily navigable. Mosquitoes are pretty abundant so bring spray!

trail running
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Nice views. As the snow and ice melts late this summer, this will be a nice running trail (with forced stoppages for rock scrambles, stream crossings, and maybe a snowfield or two that might not melt). I parked at Libby Flats and ran the road into the trail for a nice warmup before the technical stuff). Go early though, the crowds were gathering on my way out.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The actual hiking trail is more of a 4-Wheeler or Jeep road, pretty boring hike up. However, the cabin and the views from the top were really neat.

Monday, May 15, 2017

love this!

hiking
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Parked at Libby Lake on Free National Park Day. It was packed! It is normally $5 day fee. My three 6-9 year old's, two dogs and myself hiked over the saddle and camped for the night near Rainbow Lake. Amazing! Did not meet a soul after going over the saddle. Lost the trail a few times, but easy enough to find it again. Saw some moose and marmot. Very cold. Our packs and tent were frozen stiff the next morning. But not us! :)

on North Gap Lake Trail

hiking
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Started out for North Gap. Wife and Kids were sick of the car before we got there so we stopped at Barber lake instead, about two or three miles below North Gap. Wonderful time the first mile or so is a little civilized, some cabins, cars, etc. After that the real trail begins. A little steep in some places, but overall this is a good family trail after about three miles, the trail forks the lower fork dead ends at a campsite and I assume the other fork connects to Barber Lake.

hiking
Friday, July 18, 2014

Very scenic trail. Started at Sugarloaf Campground. Check snow conditions on trail, take sunscreen and insect repellent. Adventurous hikers need to crest the peak west of North Gap Lake, attack from the North side, Todd Scott memorial plaque at peak. For snowmobilers this hill is known as Widow-maker.

trail running
Friday, July 11, 2014

Absolutely incredible trail! It ranks as one of two of my all time favorites. I started on the Lakes Trail and then trail ran up North Gap Lake Trail till the snow and ice made it impossible for me to push on. Along the way you see stunning views of the mountains, I spotted a moose, and you'll enjoy hearing the rock badgers chirp at you as you circumnavigate the lakes.

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