kristin ides

"Easy" and "moderate" are a bit misleading...

I'm in no way an experienced backpacker, but I am relatively fit and I found this trail to be miserable at best. The trail at times disappears completely - we only found our way back to it due to Gaia GPS - and to call it a "trail" is in all honestly laughable. It's miles of walking on uneven rocks which makes the climb infinitely more difficult. Those without backpacking packs had an easier time than we did, and those with hiking poles had an easier time still. The dispersed camping at the lakes is beautiful, with spots carved out with logs and even stone fire pits, which I was not expecting. All in all, this is a wonderful spot to go to, but people should be adequately prepared for the terrain. On our way back we passed many people wearing sandals and cautioned them about the rocks coming up ahead. If you are comfortable on mountain surfaces, you'll probably be fine, but I was expecting something a little easier to traverse. Oh, there's an awful, awful amount of mosquitos.