My husband and I visited from Minnesota in August 2016. The full 6-7 mile hike was challenging for us but so worth it. We brought hiking poles and plenty of water. The was snow that was melting along some parts of the hike, but it was about 70 degrees. There were horseflies that were terrible which surprised me. Other reviews had mentioned the flies and they were completely accurate. The water was blue, the scenery was so beautiful that we are visiting the area again next summer!! Tripadvisor says this is near Bellingham but it is NOT. Its near Mount Baker.