Features: Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: No Dogs
The trail to Haynach Lakes is easy to miss, so just after passing the Tonahutu Group and Stock Backcountry Campsite (on the Tonohutu Creek Trail
) be on the look out on the left (north) for the trail immediately after crossing a small stream. Head north on the Haynach Lakes Trail as it climbs steeply into a narrow valley. Soon the forest thins and valley widens dramatically to reveal a beautiful subalpine landscape. Elk and moose frequent these wonderfully lush meadows to keep your eyes peeled.
Next, pass two spurs for Haynach Lakes Backcountry Campsite before ascending higher along the east side of the valley. The trail becomes faint through the open areas so pay attention. If you go off course, follow water up-valley to the lakes. After an initial steep section, the trail mellows, climbing in short spurts, leveling through long stretches of meadow.
The first of the Haynach Lakes boasts a very large, open, and compellingly contoured shoreline that's worth extended exploration. Natural jetties and outcrops all around provide additional access and private rest spots. The large mountain to the west is Nakai Peak (12,216'). The second lake is located just south of the main one but is comparatively less interesting.
Haynach Lake is host to several species of trout and is a 'catch and keep' location. Contact the Ranger Office for specific regulations. Limits are typically 2 fish over 10 inches, with the exception of the Greenback Cutthroat, which are catch and release everywhere in the park. 6-8 Brook trout under 8 inches are allowed.
Elk, moose, wildflowers.