This is our hardest hike.
It has been done as a dayhike, but it is recommended to camp
overnight at Jakey Lake. The trail between Jakey and Widow
Lakes is the least maintained in the Park.* It is not
hard to follow for experienced hikers, but GPS is
recommended for most.
Somewhat drier forest than
Lake loop (also 20.4 miles), and with a greater chance
The cross-country route up
rarely climbed Red Cinder is challenging, and will reward
the vigorous adventurer with an excellent view.
*except for the trails
entering the Park from the National Forest. These
bypass the entrance fee stations, and, other than the PCT, the Park Service has
mostly abandoned them.