This route starts off at the Duck Lake Trail
and travels over a high pass to Hum Lake. Along the way, visitors can expect spectacular views of the surrounding peaks and drainages.
Birding — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Spring — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: An easy hike to Duck Lake for a day hike or overnighter. Hum Lake is a little more work!
Hot and dry in late summer. Pack a lot of water. Up to about mid-July there is a big cornice of snow on the saddle above Hum Lake. Be prepared, as much of this trail is at high elevation, with a lot of elevation gain!
This trail takes you up a well-maintained track on the 20-Mile Trail
to the Hum Lake Trail junction just before you get to Duck Lake. You then climb up through a burn from 1994 which provides unlimited views of the surrounding peaks. You climb continually until you reach the saddle above Hum Lake. You can turn around here or continue on down to Hum Lake. If you continue to Hum Lake plan on adding at least another 3 hours to the trip.
Indian Paintbrush, Bear Grass, and young trees.
The Blackwell Fire in 1994 burned through this area. You can see the mosaic patterns of wildfire from this trail.