Starting from the campground is best. The track is wonderful on the bottom and the top portions, but a little rough and sometimes narrow in the midsection. The payoff is wonderful, I was surprised by all the icebergs in the lake. Great setup with picnic tables set in just the right place for glacier, lake, and Mount Cook views. Take a lunch.
I'd also recommend starting early as this is a popular trail. When we arrived at trail's end, there were less than 10 people there. We lingered about 40 minutes and there were probably 4 dozen when we left and we passed many people on the way up.
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