My wife and I and our puppy (4-month old lab/ border collie mix) did this hike on a partly cloudy, warm, pleasant Saturday morning in late June. There was abundant parking available in the large trailhead parking lot. There are self-pay envelopes at the parking lot that you can use to pay the day use fee ($5 if I recall correctly), but if you don't carry around small bills, be advised to stop at the ranger station you will pass 15 miles beforehand to buy your day pass.
The trail is very easy and well-maintained, and features some picturesque wooden bridges and one longer metallic bridge. As of late June, the ice caves were still hidden by snow, but as far as I am concerned, the setting at the end of the trail is spectacular even without the ice caves visible. Impressive rock faces with streams of water coming down them; abundant greenery. Our puppy loved running around on the snowfield (her first experience on snow) . . .probably the lowest elevation snow you'll find anywhere in the area in the summertime.
The trail was fairly crowded; if the parking lot were full, the trail traffic would probably turn the experience into an unpleasant one. There were a lot of dogs (including ours), all well-behaved. Kudos to the Forest Service for allowing dogs on the trail (their friends who administer the National Parks do not allow dogs on trails at most National Parks, even though they do allow horses, mules, and llamas . . .go figure). Lots of kids. Several older folks who might not get around as easily as they once did, but for whom this trail is very feasible.
If you are seeking quiet solitude, my advice would be go on a weekday or go early or late in the day.
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