This was a great hike for my wife and our dog. We have a 7 yr old beagle, so he's no super star when it comes to hiking, and in fact this was his very first real hike. The drive to the trail head is very pleasant, and unlike some hikes in this area, it's well marked. The very best part of this hike was that other than one other dog lover we hiked passed we had the place to ourselves. The scenery, although not as dramatic as yosemite, was beautiful! This hike had huge trees, small stream crossings, granite rocks etc... I'd take a beautiful secluded location like this over the tourist laden hikes in Yosemite, and unlike yosemite, dogs are allowed! My pooch was tired but he made it through the whole hike and had a great time. We did not hike all the way to the park boundary and we made the mistake of thinking that the pond that was less than a .10 mi from the lake was the actual lake. So, even though we didn't make it to the lake we saw 99% of the hike and enjoyed every minute. Highly recommend this one!