This is such a great hike. You follow he stream, its beautiful and shady and you end up at a magical lake on top of a mountain. It has been years since I did this trail and it has apparently become VERY popular. We got there around noon on a Friday. Parking lot was completely full. We had to stalk people who were leaving and beat out others to get a parking spot. The trail was a bit crowded in areas and definitely pretty packed at the top. People seemed to have a hard time obeying the forest service signs - things like "NO DOGS" or "THIS AREA IS CLOSED". We saw two different dogs on the trail - and near the top by the water spout from the rock - people were trapsing over areas that were closed for restoration and playing in the water etc. Just touching the water can cause damage to the fragile ecosystem of this wonderful lake. Please obey the signs! NOW - off my soap box and back to the hike. This trail is about 2.5 miles round trip. It is quite a climb with an elevation change of 1050ft. This is a bit of a difficult hike. We are avid hikers and had no problems. It does get very steep toward the top before you get to the lake, so take your time and make sure to let people going down pass by. Down is much easier then up :) Use the handrails! This hike does require good shoes as there are lots of rocks. FLIP FLOPS are a no go! Careful when it rains - it does make the rocks very slippery. Make sure to bring your camera - the view up top are amazing! Enjoy!
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