Explorer | 20 pts
A beautiful hike, moderate to difficult, but worth the effort. We found a few blow downs crossing the trail inthe forest, but nothing insurmounatble. We went up the third week in July after warm temperatures had melted most snow patches. One snow bridge had collapsed on our return trip, almost obliterating the trail. We had to scramble down a short but steep creek imbankment and up the other side to get back to the trail. All snow should be gone by now (August 2). The wildflowers in the Heart Lake Caldera were peaking. We saw a heard of 25 to 30 mountain goat. Pleanty of water after about 5 miles in from the trail head at Forest Service road 48. Heart Lake makes a good first stop to camp before going on to Goat Lake the next day. We stayed at Heart Lake for two nights and enjoyed the stars and sunshine. Now's the time to head to Goat Rocks. Oh yea, bring your bug spray. The black flys are hungry!