Nice day hike all around. Parking is easy, the trail is easy to follow although wet the entire way. It is rocky and filled with ruts, puddles, creek crossings and switch backs. This time of year the top of the top quarter mile or so is covered in snow, as is the whole area around the lake, which is still covered in ice. While at the lake we watched several avalanches tumble down the slopes of Mt Pilchuck. We took two dogs with us who loved to romp and climb the obstacles both on trail and off. This hike didnt get 5 stars from me for one reason, the crowds. despite being early in season the parking lot was full, there was traffic both directions on the trail and it was difficult to find peace around the lake.