If you are uncomfortable with exposure, you might want to skip Island Lake. There was a large section that was pretty sketchy as it looked like an avalanche had wiped out the trail. I watched one gal almost lose it. Thankfully she had a lucky recovery.
There were several waterfalls along the way, but the sun didn’t cooperate for photo-worthy captures.
- Date(s) Hiked: September 18, 2017
- Mileage (per ViewRanger): about 10 miles round trip
- Elevation Gain/Loss (per ViewRanger): 4,000 feet
- Max/Min Elevation (per ViewRanger): 9,863′ to 12,905′
- Trail Conditions:
- Tree obstacles: Minimal
- Overgrowth: Obvious recent trimming
- Signage: Minimal
- Terrain: Steep in places, but in general excellent conditions
- Navigation Skills: There were a few social trails to waterfalls, campsites and peaks which could be a little confusing on the way to Upper Ice Lake. The trails to Fuller and Island Lakes are pretty obvious but unmarked.
- Water availability: Plentiful
- Camping availability: Moderate below tree line; there is also nearby dispersed camping and campground options.
- Solitude: Expect plenty of company. It’s a busy trail.
- Bugs: None
- Wildlife: None
- Precip: None on this day
- Temp: Unknown but guessing 40-60
- LNT: excellent given the amount of use this trail receives.
- Jan’s Cherry Picker Delight Scale: 5 cherries (out of 5) LOVED it!
- Avoid crowds by starting early, hiking on weekdays and later in season. Be mentally prepared for the trail being busy.