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    2 months, 2 weeks ago
    Great trail and easy to follow.
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    3 months, 3 weeks ago
    Easy hike, lots of wild flowers, and ghost town at the end was interesting
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Hiked this trail on Monday 10/15/18. This was literally one of the most difficult hikes I did this year! The roots, rocks and obstacles on the actual trail are relentless. This trail starts off easy on the road gradually going up hill on forrest road 63. There are 3 major washouts on forest road 63. Once on the trail it is all up hill and steep switchbacks until you reach virgin lake where it flattens a bit. There is a white rock wall that you must climb up to continue on the trail to virgin and blanca lake. After virgin lake you will be going down even more difficult terrain than the initial climb to virgin lake and you won't even see blanca lake until you're right on top of it. The day use trail is tiny and has more than a few scary parts. I would not suggest this trail for small children. Blanca lake this time of year had icy grounds, so take care in your steps. Lots of places are roped off for regrowth. My legs were freaking exhausted before I hit blanca lake. The climb up and then back down past virgin lake took everything in me not from buckling legs and tumbling down the mountain. It took me 10+ hours to complete this hike including all the breaks. My moving time was 9 hours and 35 minutes. I was hiking for a total of 10.6 miles. The bathroom at the true trailhead is closed due to the road washouts. This trail also feels really long when you're hiking it. I saw 2 trail runners, 8 hikers and a dog and a backpacker w/dog. I started on this trail at 6:30am and didn't finish till 5pm. The road in starts out paved and then turns to hard packed dirt with a lot of potholes, top speed I was driving was 20mph. It would be wise to have a map of the area as there are some trails that branch out from the main trail as well as for navigating the road.
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    1 year, 2 months ago
    Holy mosquito! I don't think I've ever seen so many massive mosquitos anywhere in Washington state before. Seriously, these were Yukon Gold potato sized bugs, but not nearly as delicious (though my dog did hunt quite a number down—that's how big they were). It could have just been the time of year (early July, 2018), but all I have to say is THANK GOD we had a mosquito 'princess' net that I hauled up for my friend's 6 year old to play under. All that said, the lake was beautiful, and fantastic for swimming. Loved plunging off the rocks, which were like a waterslide down to the water and a nice drop-off. The hike up was definitely harder than expected, but that might be because I was hauling up all my backpacking gear, plus my dog's blanket and food, plus half my friend's kid's stuff... plus hauling up the 6 year old, too, who did a great job. We were going to spend two nights, but left after one due to the (wo)man-eating mosquitos. I'm still giving it 5 stars, because I THINK it was just the time of year, and not this particular lake that was so buggy...
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