This is a hike I would for sure recommend. It's always nice hiking up to a lake especially one that has views of other even taller peaks as well as of the city. It is hikeable through October with clean trails. Not too many people, however I left around 130 on a Monday, so I'm sure that's not a busy time anyways. Make sure you remember where the trail is, though, when you get to all those big rocks. It's great to out on them and explore some, but just make sure you know where the connecting trail is first. Then again, sliding down the loose rocks was for sure a highlight :) Have lots of time and make sure there's plenty of room on your camera :)
My phone died .3 miles from the end so my mileage was roughly 7.5 roundtrip. However, this included me hiking a little past the lake and around. I found it to be an advanced hike, like an 8-8.5. It took me roughly 3 1/2 hours to do…and that includes getting lost, taking lots of pics, and bailing :-O Not sure the rest of my stats, but I'll post the internets stats.
* 6.1 miles roundtrip
* 2,580 elevation gain
* 8,920 ft elevation at lake
* 4.5 hours
* Extremely Difficult
|View to SLC from the lake|
|Along the paved path about 1/3 miles up|
you'll see this sign. Although my stats differ
from this sign. I did roughly 7.5 miles roundtrip.
It was at least 3.2 to lake, not 2.8. Buuuut still a helpful
sign nonetheless :)
|From the rock pile that covered the|
trail, this is the view of SLC.
|Little stream along beginning of trail. |
|The first patch of snow on the trail. About 2.5 miles into the hike.|
|Amazing view and beautiful lake reflection. I think from this trail, you can continue|
hiking to the top of this peak.
|From the highest point I climbed this was the view. The|
trees are blocking the view of Salt Lake, but it's still pretty.
|The mix of seasons are depicted here. I love it. So beautiful!|
|Creek along the way.|
|View from highest point on north end of lake. Overlooks|
Salt Lake. The dark part is actually a forest of green trees.
It was unreal.
|The little waterfall that I had heard|
from the lake, so I went to see.
Ended up not really being much of
a waterfall at all.
|When I got lost from the rocks this is where I thought I saw a|
trail. So I hiked up to it at the top of the rocks. This is what
led me to the rocky ravine where I knew I had taken a wrong turn :-/
|These trees with the blue sky and white clouds were awesome!|
|I love these two trees twisted together.|
|You can see on the right the trail. That is where I came from.|
I'm pointing to where the trail continues. It is very close and
runs parallel. It's a switchback.
|So excited when I saw the snow capped bushes.|
|Climbing down the waterfall I saw this. |
It was so bright green in person. The
water was super cold. However, it formed
really cool looking icicles.
|After much clean up, this was the shin|
aftermath from my fall.
|This one reminds me to wear longer|
shorts when I hike. It was quite a mess
even after I cleaned it up. Both cuts have
left permanent scars or what I call my
"hiking war wounds" aka nature's tattoos :)