Rockbound Trail to Leland Lakes
ElevationAscent: 2,719' 829 m
Descent: -1,528' -466 m
High: 8,540' 2,603 m
Low: 6,967' 2,123 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)
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“Backpack through beautiful pine forests over rocky passes and camp by rushing rivers and quiet lakes.”— Jeffrey Root
Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
There is another fork in the trail here, and you'll want to keep to the left on the McConnell Lake Trail heading towards Leland Lakes. This trail will take you up another steep incline up and over Schmidell Pass. From the top of the pass, you'll see Leland Lakes below. If the snow has melted, you'll have a clear sign of the trail, but if you run into a large amount of snow going down into Leland Lakes, you can scramble down the rocks to the right. It takes a bit longer, but we thought it was safer to stay on the rocks rather than falling through snow with a lot of water melting underneath.
If you stick just to the right of the Leland Lakes you'll find the trail pretty easy. There's great camping up on the rocks to the right of the second Leland Lake where you'll have clear views of the sunset. Depending on how much you've had to alter your course due to snow, this run up to Leland is somewhere between 9 and 10.8 miles. Not recommended as a day hike unless you are a trail runner or speed hiker starting early because of the length.
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