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The Shadow Lake hike is an adventure the entire family can enjoy with options for the experienced hiker. The route visits a large variety of lakes, meadows and streams. The Shadow Lake area offers a great introduction to overnight backpacking and with adult supervision is a very child friendly region.
The basic hike can be completed in 2 to 3 hours. Exploring all the routes to the various lakes will require an additional 1 to 2 hours. A vehicle shuttle is not required for this route. All hikers in your party should carry a minimum of one liter of water. Water is plentiful in this area, but all water taken from lakes and streams should be filtered before drinking.
The route contains no real obstacles. Experienced and intermediate hikers will have no problems with this route. Novice hikers will need to pay attention to their map and route description. Navigation for this route is easy. A GPS is useful in identifying waypoints and verifying your location. Good map reading skills are helpful. It should be noted that due to new trail construction and trail realignment the USGS maps are not accurate in relation to trail location. The trails are correctly located on the map provided.
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