This is a qualified 5 star review - we changed the route. Trip was 9-13-05 to 9-18-05. We had chosen the 'counter-clockwise' route - so glad we did. Half way into the first day we met two experienced hikers, who when informed of our route, told us that the portion of trail that would be on our last day (the downhill part of the 2000' climb)had not been maintained in two years and was covered with downed trees and rock slides. We then chose to take a right turn and go up into the Titcomb Basin, which was absoutely beautiful. About 18 miles in total, and out by the same route. But as anyone that has hiked in the western mountains can tell you, hiking the same route in a different direction will seem like absoutely different trails due the views. First day we hiked about 10 miles, basically all uphill, but gradual most of the time, and camped at the north end of Seneca Lake. 2nd day we took the Titcomb Basin trail about 4 miles and set up camp on the north side of Island lake - we then hiked on into the basin for about 4 miles further. Some of the most remakable scenery you will ever see - peak after peak, most over 14,000 ft. On the third day we hiked out to Barbara lake where we camped overlooking the lake. All three campsites were breathtaking - weather was blue skies, 50-60 daytime, low 20s at night. 4th day, snow started falling as we packed up the tents, and fell heavy on and off for the 6/7 miles out to the trailhead - just beautiful. Too little time - too much to see. I will be back for more of the Winds.