ElevationAscent: 2,131' 649 m
Descent: -223' -68 m
High: 6,569' 2,002 m
Low: 4,583' 1,397 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)
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“A trail along a bubbling creek to a beautiful lake nestled in a basin made of stunning, red rocks.”— Jake Bramante
Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail roughly parallels the playful creek as it climbs, eventually entering into the unburned upper section of the forest and joining the creek. The stretch along the creek with small waterfalls and pools is sublime and a great place to have a snack. As it climbs further, it leaves the creek and begins alternating between trees and avalanche chutes as it climbs the walls of the cirque to reach the basin. The trail wraps west all the while getting better and better views.
The trail levels out as it enters the basin, spending most of its time traversing the rocky slopes just above the vegetation lining the creek. This portion of trail is fantastic, eventually dropping right along the creek and following it into the lake. Cutthroat trout can be seen spawning in this section of the creek early in summer.
The trail leads to the lake which is set beautifully in a great bowl. Waterfalls drop from red, gnarled cliffs ringing the basin. Alpine vegetation creates a wonderful green contrast along the gradual slopes that extend to the water from the base of the cliffs.
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