Barrett Lake-Lake Eiler Loop Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This relatively easy semiloop visits the most popular water destination in Thousand Lakes Wilderness, Lake Eiler, along with small and shallow Barrett Lake, and a host of even smaller and shallower ponds. Reaching the loop portion necessitates a nearly 2-mile approach that gains almost all of the little elevation that the whole route demands. Other than the open crossing of a lava flow early into the approach, the entire trip passes through a light forest of Jeffrey, lodgepole, and western white pines, and red and white firs.
Visitors will find picturesque Lake Eiler, back-dropped by volcanic Freaner Peak, to offer the best campsites and scenery, but also the greatest chance of encountering company. Lake Eiler is deep enough and large enough to offer decent swimming and fishing. Barrett Lake, although not nearly as large or scenic, would be a better choice for quieter camping. For even more solitude opportunities, Box Lake in the interior of the loop may easily be reached cross-country from any point along the trail, along with several of the other smaller “thousand lakes.”"