Lake Hope

TIME: 1.5 hours to the lake

DISTANCE: Nearly 5.5 miles round trip

ELEVATION GAIN: About 1,200 feet

MAXIMUM ELEVATION: 11.681 feet at the lake; 12,445 feet at the saddle above the lake which joins with the Mineral Creek Trail

DIFFICULTY: Moderate: a great family walk

TRAILHEAD: Take Highway 145 to Trout Lake, turn left on the dirt road beside the lake. Follow the road around Trout Lake for 1 mile, turn left on the Lake Hope Road. Go 2.5 miles to the trailhead parking area and trailhead sign. Road conditions can vary, so high clearance is recommended for the 15 minute drive above Trout Lake to the trailhead.