Relatively short (Strava measured ~3 miles one way) hike with a steep climb gets you to the views, faster. Granite Lake is a wonderful pit stop on the way down and was a refreshing swim in late June/early July. Slow and steady with plenty of breaks gets you up in 2-3 hours.
Wonderful trip! Good for those new to going off trail. Scramble was steep, but fun. Did not find it too difficult to go up, even for our new-to-hiking-and-backpacking friends. Unlikely to miss the off trail point and plenty of water along the way. Expect to filter water from the lake and haul it back up to your campsite. Leave No Trace ethics enforced by naturally steep basin.
We left the Bay Area at noon on Friday and returned by Sunday evening. Very relaxed trip.
Wonderful trip! Good for those new to going off trail. Scramble was steep, but fun.
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