ElevationAscent: 2,419' 737 m
Descent: -1,019' -311 m
High: 4,877' 1,487 m
Low: 3,235' 986 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A long, wooded route that's short on views until it ends with a beautiful lake and large waterfall.”— Jake Bramante
As it descends, the forest is a bit drier and you have a couple of decent views before steeply descending to the Lincoln Creek Trail right before you reach the bottom of the drainage, then start working your way gradually upstream. You have a few quick views of the stream and a couple of nice meadows, but it's mainly more trail headed through moss covered trees.
You stray from the creek through more trees, then meet the creek and repeat this until you reach the foot of the lake and the campground. The lake itself is very beautiful as it sits beneath immense cliffs. There's not much of a shoreline to really enjoy the lake as vegetation grows right up to the edge. The waterfall, Beaver Chief Falls is fantastic, however. Towering above the amazing cliffs are immense ridge lines. It's either a grueling day run or a backpack that feels longer with the trees and constant up and down.
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