Leann Collier

First ever backpacking trip!! Crabtree TH to Bear Lake

Loved it. Exactly as described. But prettier. Tons of variety. June 20, 2018. High 80, low 47. Took 4 hours up and 3 hours down for this first-timer with a 30lb pack (including food and water). When we hit Bear Lake, we turned left and continued up to the northeast corner, keeping the lake on our right. There are several pre-established sites and rock fire rings, and someone even left us a pile of firewood! There is a little creek and a waterfall near enough to use for water supply on the northeast end, and fewer people than if you camp right where the trail intersects the lake. Arrived around 6pm. Tons of mosquitos. Lots of flowers out on this trip. Saw 2 small snakes, but no rattling. No large animals seen. Camp Lake was gorgeous at 5pm with perfect lighting for reflection of sky and trees. Challenging hike at times with very rocky and steep areas. I am 43 and in decent shape (not overweight, no injuries and work out several times per week). My calorie burn was 460 calories per hour. I would not call this an "easy" hike. But I would call it worth doing again!