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Geoffrey Goffman

I decided on this trip with my dad for our first backpacking trip because we wanted a real challenge, and boy did we get one. The early part of the hike is pretty easy, but we ended up getting to the trailhead a little later than expected (around 5 pm) and decided to go in and find a suitable area to camp in early on the trail. We ended up at some creek campground a few miles in, and we got water from the river and set up just before sundown. The next day we woke up and hiked the rest of the trail; most of it is moderate incline and declines with some amazing mountains' views. We set up camp on the far end of Waptus lake right near the water, and went swimming in the crystal clear lake. The next morning we woke up at sunrise when the light is pouring over the mountains, and the water is glassy so you can see the reflections of the mountains. Waking up early is a must-do. The hike back took around 4 hours, and we stopped for lunch at a campsite along the trail. Overall this hike is amazing, and I would recommend it 10/10. This was in late August.