We spent a night here in mid-January of 2014. There is a hut master and hot coffee and tea and some snacks (brownies and trail bars) available but you are expected to pack in your own food. The hike from the Lafayette camping ground parking lot is about an hour with a 20-30 lb pack (we were in reasonably good shape).
The trail is a winter wonderland that arrives the opposite shore of the lake from where the lodge is situated. The view of the bare snow covered lake with mountains towing overhead was breathtaking. You can hike across the frozen water (we did so several times) or follow the trail around.
Most important: You need microspikes (1st choice) or snowshoes(i2nd) or camel trax(poor 3rd) otherwise it will be a hell of a challenge staying on your feet with a heavy pack, particularly when descending !
The huts you sleep in are unheated so bring a decently rated sleeping bag. I recommend 0F rated or at a minimum a 10-20F rated bag with a silk liner. Night time temperature when we were there was 18F but it can get down to -20F according to hut master!More
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