Being from Florida and elevation almost zero, I had a very slow go with this hike and the difficulty of the change in altitude and the consistent steepness. The hike starts out with moderate steepness, but progresses to where there is very little leveling off. The switchbacks had ice in areas and I was very happy that I had my hiking poles to safely maneuver the areas. The signage is a bit deceiving at the lake and there were several parties we encountered who never found the lake. The lake to the left is Cathedral Lake and there are no other lakes nearby. We were a bit overwhelmed by overshooting the lake by an hour that we admired it from afar. The entire hike took us about 5 hours; however we did go well beyond the lake and had some Altitude issues making it a very slow go on the upper steep end. This may have been the most cardio challenging hike up that I've been on given the elevation/altitude challenges. Although, The locals seemed not to have those issues.
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