The parking area at the trailhead was an absolute zoo and we ended up having to park at a pull off about a mile away from it instead. Chalk up another two miles hiked for us!
The first part of the path was boardwalk and then a short paved portion before the climbing started.
I would rate the hike more like "strenuous" but even so, the kids did great and the grownups all made it too!
We were hot and sweaty by the time we got to the end of the trail and couldn't wait to get our socks and shoes off to wade in.
That was some COLD mountain lake water, I tell you!
It was like standing in a picture up there. To say it was beautiful doesn't do it justice.
The hike back down was considerably easier.
We did suffer some losses on the trail including two of Alarik's sun hats and two pairs of underwear! Alarik kept tearing his hats off his head and Jesse didn't notice when he chucked them. We were hoping to find them on the way back down but no such luck. The underwear were a casualty of the effects of altitude sickness on the poor kids' tummies. No fun, but funny now!
On the way home we stopped at The Huckleberry Patch because I just HAD to have a huckleberry pie. $30 was the price tag on it but I barely flinched. We cut it up into small slivers back at the cabin so everyone who wanted to could try it. I'd say it was worth the $30 but only as a one-time treat. I can't say if Scott agreed. He liked the crust anyway.
The jacuzzi tub was busy that night as one after another of us soaked our tired feet!