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Trail

7.9 mile 12.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 2,170' 661 m
Descent: -549' -167 m
High: 10,444' 3,183 m
Low: 8,420' 2,566 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)

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Trail shared by Kat Russo

A relatively easy trail with beautiful views of lakes and peaks.

Kat Russo

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Lots of wildlife viewing, and it would make a good intro to backpacking for kids!

Description

The trail begins with Adams Falls and climbs steadily up through the valley. A great intro to backpacking or a lovely out and back on its own, this trail has a few steeper parts. Close to the trailhead, it's a much lower grade.

Through the entire valley, there are great views of the river, mountains, and lakes, but some of the best views are seen if you travel past the maintained trail boundary to the end of the valley. Follow the river past Fourth Lake and then hang a right to get to Fifth Lake, the meltwater of which makes the river you've followed since the trailhead. There's a lot of bushwacking, but the final views are definitely worth it!

Flora & Fauna

Columbine, Glacier lily, and Ponderosa pine are scattered about this trail. In the large meadows, you can occasionally get a glimpse of a moose. Farther up in the valley, there are pika, marmot, deer, squirrels and foxes. (Keep a cautious eye out for foxes; they've become very used to people and will get close enough that you have to scare them away so they don't stick their nose in your oatmeal bowl.)

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Apr 29, 2019
Laura Jeanne
Apr 19, 2019
Walter Neal
Mar 18, 2019
Wayne Thornes
Beautiful snowshoe hike on easy to follow hard pack trail. Evidence of recent moose activity, though we didn't see one. 5.5mi — 2h 30m
Sep 15, 2018
Alexis Tatham
6mi
Jul 6, 2018
Whit Newman
Jul 4, 2018
Brandon Snacks
Jun 17, 2018
Jesus Cortez
14.4mi — 5h 30m
Jun 16, 2018
Jesus Cortez

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  4.4 from 17 votes

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