Scale is 0 to 4.
Time of year visited: June
- View: 4 When it comes to views, alpine lakes are hard to beat.
- Water: 4 You’re on a lake.
- Accessibility: 0.5 While you have a trail to follow, this site is 10.8 or 14 miles from the trailhead, depending which direction you hike the Mineral King Loop. Either way you have to climb an 11,600′ pass.
- Solitude: 3 This likely depends when you go, because the trail runs very close to the campsite. However, I was there on a Sunday evening in June and only saw one person and that was when I was breaking down camp.
- Comfort: 1.5 While there was a decent spot to lay a tent in the shade of the trees, this score gets knocked down because the mosquitoes were THICK when I was there. That was the only negative about this site, and it may depend when you go as well.
- Coolness: 3 Solitude with epic scenery, and I got to fish. I felt rewarded for my efforts to get there.
Of Note: I stayed here in early/mid June and snow still covered the north-facing slopes. Hiking these was challenging to treacherous and routefinding difficult. Better to wait a couple more weeks until the snow is gone, or bring alpine climbing gear.