Explorer | 40 pts
This is a very pretty hike. As the review says, it is remarkably well-engineered which makes the ups and downs very tolerable, except for the last mile, which is all uphill and along exposed volcanic mountainside. The first 3 miles or so are delightful forest. The lake is truly unremarkable, even bordering on homely. There are absolutely no trees for shade, but there are some nice grassy areas around the lake. If you are a geology fan, this is like a trip to the museum. Also, the distance is not 7.4 miles as reported. It is 8.7 miles measured by GPS.