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State Lakes Loop

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Length


4.4 Miles 7.1 Kilometers


899' 274 m

Ascent

-622' -190 m

Descent

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

10,490' 3,197 m

High

9,672' 2,948 m

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A peaceful and seldom-traveled, wooded route in the heart of the Monarch Divide.

Sophie Carrillo-Mandel

Dogs No Dogs

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

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The State Lakes Loop is a really beautiful excursion off the Simpson Meadow Trail in the Monarch Divide. Lower State Lake is breathtaking and peaceful with easy access to the off-trail state lakes. It's a beautiful swim with lots of rocks to launch from so you avoid stirring up the muck. Upper State Lake is nice, but brings to mind a giant puddle. After the Upper Lake, the trail can be easy to lose in the rocks so pay attention.

Be very careful in the creek crossings during wet years. The second crossing, right before you start to climb toward the lower lake, is particularly sketchy in the wet season.

Nearby Horseshoe Lakes is an excellent launching point for a cross-country trip to Lakes Basin and the original John Muir Trail route.

Check out the photos here for tips to find the abandoned Shorty's Cabin below lower State Lake.

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The State Lakes Loop is a really beautiful excursion off the Simpson Meadow trail in the Monarch Divide. Lower State Lake is breathtaking and peaceful with easy access to the off-trail state lakes. It's a beautiful swim with lots of rocks to launch from so you avoid stirring up the muck. Upper State Lake is nice, but for me personally brings to mind a giant puddle. The trail can be easy to lose in the rocks after the Upper Lake, so pay attention. I've worked that trail three different seasons and somehow I still got lost on Horseshoe Ridge on the first hike-in last year. Also be very careful in the first creek crossings during wet years, there is one in particular that can be sketchy. Dec 22, 2015

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