The following is an account of hiking Larson Trail by local M. Priest:

The first mile of the trail, which leads to Thompson Lake, climbs a bit but does level out. A hiking stick is a plus to keep from slipping on loose gravel, rocks, and dirt and for quite a few small stream crossings along the entire trail.

The hike to Larson Lakes from Thompson is a relatively easy, flat to minor up-and-down stroll. However, during the last mile or so, a bit of elevation gain might have you breathing harder.

Pluses to this hike are the views, the wildflowers (when in bloom), fishing, relaxing at Thompson Lake and Larson Lakes, and wildlife spotting. Before reaching Larson Lakes, a beautiful meadow opens up on both sides of the trail, and on this hike, we watched two young elk crossing in the distance.

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