11.5 miles of hiking • 4000' elevation gain • 1 night
Our original plan was Bear Lake, but it was sufficiently hot-as-hell out to make stopping at North Lake an easy decision. This trail is cruel and unusual—unyieldingly steep throughout. It will be a while before I do this trail again. The lake itself was okay—shallow with a mud bottom. I caught a few decent sized eastern brook trout near the outlet on wet flies; one of the fish already had a fishing fly stuck in his tongue!