This is a designated National Recreation Trail for its scenery and recreational opportunities. I was told that this one is best left to the hikers but, having ridden it, I must seriously disagree; thereâ€™s some great singletrack here, fantastic views, not much in the way of crowds, and no user conflicts. I might not make the trip way out here just for this trail, but it makes a great add-on after riding the Lost Cabin Lake Trail with which it shares a trailhead. Itâ€™s just a little bit shorter with a little bit less elevation change. The climb is mostly non-technical, and remarkably consistent in its grade. Steep enough to get your heart rate up, but still rideableâ€”a supreme aerobic workout. Unlike Lost Cabin Lake next door, which remains in the dense forest most of the way to the top, this one quickly ascends onto an exposed hillside with amazing, panoramic views of the Tobacco Root Mountains. The gawking will take your mind off the climb. If you want to practice switchbacks, this is the place to do it as there are many. The biggest technical challenge is the many water diversion projectsâ€”slabs of rock placed vertically across the trailâ€”theyâ€™ll break your momentum going up and check your speed coming down. In spite of this, both the climb and descent are great, making this ride worthwhile, especially if youâ€™re already in the area. The lake itself sits in a typical alpine basin. However, this lake is unusually deep and, if youâ€™re prone to carrying a fishing rod, I hear this is a good place to bring it as thereâ€™s supposed to be some bigguns in there (second hand info).