I read other reviews of this hike and wanted to add my perspective. I am 49 years old and in decent (four hour marathon) shape, but not all-American shape and did this trail with my 19 year old son on the first day after flying in from sea level. We had tried to do this hike a few years ago but started out too late and got caught in a thunderstorm 3/4 of the way up. This time we started out at 8 am and made it to the lake in two hours with a few rest stops. Of note is that it also took about 2 hours to get down, as we were stopping to take photos and I was worried about slipping. We did not have particular trouble either way, but I would recommend hiking poles as there are some technical parts where they can prevent you from falling.
The lake is beautiful, with clear water. The other scenery at the top included rocky above-treeline peaks and alpine meadows. There were 8 switchbacks late in the trail that weren't as tough going up as going down. It did remind me of hiking up something equivalent to AMF or KT gully at snowmass.
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