26.5 miles of hiking • 7500' elevation gain • 2 nights
Entered Park @ the Staircase entrance & made camp approx. 7.5 miles in @ Donahue Creek. Then hiked up to Flapjack Lakes up through Gladys Divide & summited Mt. Gladys. Expansive views @ the 5600 summit with clear views of Mt. Olympus, Sawtooth Ridge, Mt. Cruiser, Mt. Lincoln & surrounding peaks. Next day hiked up to Black & White Lakes & then a very steep descent down to Smith Lake. Tons of ripe blueberries on the B & W and Smith Lakes trails. Saw a few bears in the area so some caution should be taken while hiking here this time of season.