Trail: Lone Eagle Peak
Trailhead: Monarch Lake Trailhead
Distance: about 15 miles RT
This was our first true backpacking trip - hiking about 7.4 miles in to camp under Lone Eagle Peak. This trail takes you past waterfalls, through the forest, over bridges, through open space and ends at Crater Lake. It was stunning.
We got our permits for this hike about 2 months in advance - it fills up quickly! A ranger came around to make sure we were supposed to be there and actually kicked people out who weren’t (imagine that 7.5 miles back down). We also saw two huge moose right off the trail so keep your pup close!