We hike this trail frequently and love it. Sometimes it's hard to find good hikes that put you out in the wilderness without making you go straight up the side of a straight mountain. The trail to Eagle and Symphony is a perfect solution. Views of the river, the valley, and the mountains are stunning, the trail is mostly flat with some gentle slopes, and you have over 5 miles of trail one way to enjoy. Initially, the trail is hilly but it is also wide and graveled. Later on the trail narrows and goes back to dirt. Further on, after the wooden bridge, the trail can get swampy during wet times of the year. Other than that, the only two things to consider are that the very last section involves some boulder hopping and there are a few little streams that have no bridge (these are easily dealt with though by using the large rocks to step across or moving up or down the trail to find a more narrow section). A final consideration is that the trailhead is extremely popular (there are several other trails off the main one, besides the Eagle/Symphony Lakes trail). So, especially if you are planning on going on a weekend, be prepared for lots of people on the beginning sections of the trail and for the parking lot to be completely full. This trail makes an excellent long day hike if you can spare the hours but is also beautiful even if you don't make it all the way to the lakes. Try to go beyond the bridge and back enough to get a view of the end of the valley at least - it's stunning any time of year!
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