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Ward Lake Loop Professional Review and Guide
"If Goldilocks were a hiker, she’d pronounce this loop just right: just the right amount of steeps (great views without killing yourself); just the right amount of lakes (three, with remarkably different settings); and just the right amount of easy meadow walking (lots). Traffic can be high along Swift Creek, but the other drainages offer an excellent chance for solitude. This is also the shortest way to reach Ward Lake, so a lot of people just go there and turn around. There’s no compelling reason to hike this loop in either direction, but I like counterclockwise because you go down instead of up the steep, exposed hill at the head of Swift Creek. Highlights: Great views of Caribou Mountain, good swimming in Ward and Horseshoe Lakes, and more meadows than you can shake a corn lily at."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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