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Alpine Lake Professional Review and Guide
"The trail to Alpine Lake has a split personality: first comes an easy, mostly level stroll along the shady banks of Stuart Fork, followed by a stiff climb up dry, brush-choked, rocky slopes. Fortunately the lake itself is not the least bit schizophrenic—just pure, tranquil mountain splendor. If you don’t want to lug your pack up the final steep 3 miles, Alpine Lake makes a great day hike from a number of streamside camps along Stuart Fork. (Besides, the few campsites at the lake are too close to the water and too close together.) Most of the traffic on the Stuart Fork Trail is heading for Emerald and Sapphire Lakes, so making a detour to Alpine is often a good way to leave the crowds behind. Highlights: A scenic detour off the popular Stuart Fork Trail. Brave an early-season crossing of Stuart Fork and you’ll have Alpine to yourself."
--Dennis Lewon, Hiking California's Trinity Alps Wilderness (Falcon Guides).
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