This is a hike on the South side of Hood, not the north, as described. It's accessed from parking areas alongside Route 26. If the first area is packed with cars (usual on weekends), continue on to a second parking area a bit farther east to try your luck there. The hike itself is a steady uphill hike for about a mile. Rated "easy" in most hiking guides, it's still a breathy experience for folks who are not accustomed to uphill hiking or mile-high altitude; so take it easy, rest when you need to, and drink lots of water. The hike can include a circuit around the small lake, which gives you nice views, and can also include a further ascent up the ridge overlooking the lake (very nice). Lots of folks make this hike, especially on weekends and holidays, so try to do it on a weekday and get there early for parking. Take a picnic lunch.
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