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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    I chose to do this bad boy in a single day. I sort of regretted that decision around mile 15 when the man with the fatigue hammer came for me. What I didn’t regret was doing this whole hike. It’s absolutely stunning every mile of the way. The trail is mostly moderate at a similar elevation. It’s really approachable and amazing. Make sure you take some dips in the lakes if impelled. That was a nice addition to the day.
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    2 months, 3 weeks ago
    Well signed and easy to stay on trail. Solid day hike with nice payoff views. Recommended!
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    3 months ago
    Beautiful hike but trail is extremely difficult to find at multiple points, probably thanks in part to an earthquake that felled trees all over the trail. You definitely want a GPS for this trail and even then you may get lost. We met another couple of locals when we started who said they got lost on this trail last year. They tried to advise us but we still got lost for about an hour hacking through brush and crawling over logs. The first confusing part is when you divert off trail 101 and look for the stream crossing. Just follow your GPS and trust that it is right. There are logs on the trail, so the trail doesn't look right. Just trust its there, and you'll see where people have walked. The river crossing is easy and you can do it at multiple points by hopping over rocks or walking along a fallen set of logs. About 5-10 minutes later you'll see a rock wall on your left. At one point there is a trail about 4 yards long that leads up to the wall. It looks like nothing but maybe a place for climbers to belay, but that is indeed the way up onto the rock. It really isn't obvious at all and by missing this we got totally lost. Scramble up the wall. This is easy enough, but definitely not for someone who isn't well coordinated. Once you get up on the rocks, you have for about 5 minutes until you hit a spot with nothing but solid granite. Get up on the granite and look for the dirty signs of boots on granite. You hike over the granite for about 2 minutes until you find the trail again. Once on that trail there are few tricky spots but as long as you stay on well worn paths you'll find your way up to the lakes. There are no signs or markers, so you really do benefit from a GPS.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Completed in 5-days and would recommend experienced backbackers to do 5-7 days. So many lakes and great views. There was one rock slide coming down from Sawtooth Lake to Baron Creek. Then, between Elk Lake and Taylor Spring, there was another recent and quite large rockslide to scramble over. Other than that, it was very manageable, with plenty of water stops along the way. Completed in late July 2020.
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    3 months, 2 weeks ago
    Beautiful views, a bit of a scramble at the end but really great ktherwise.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    Normally I suspect this would be 5 stars. The high snow spring lead to high snow levels above 8100 feet. Once you pass the water crossing, the trail to alpine lake as mostly snowfield. We did not try to get to Sawtooth Lake due to snow. June 14, 2019
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    Normally I suspect this would be 5 stars. The high snow spring lead to high snow levels above 8100 feet. Once you pass the water crossing, the trail to alpine lake as mostly snowfield. We did not try to get to Sawtooth Lake due to snow. June 14, 2019
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