Fayette Lake Hike

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423 m
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Fayette Lake Hike

Yielding isolation and incredible scenery, we are surprised that the Fayette Lake Hike doesn’t see more traffic. This lovely expedition explores a swathe of primitive wilderness occupied with a diversity of flora and fauna before opening to the glittering lake.

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The Fayette Lake Trail is undeniably scenic, but it's not without its demands. This hike requires the navigation of blow-down and sections of steep terrain, so make sure you have a comfy pair of footwear on! Note the Fayette Lake Trailhead is sometimes rendered inaccessible. If this is the case, park and depart from the Little Half Moon Trailhead off the Little Half Moon Road and cross the creek over to the trailhead. The mosquitos in this area are relentless, so make sure you wear bug spray. Additionally, as with all sorts of exploration of the area, make sure at least one person in your group carries bear spray, just in case.

Your hike to Fayette Lake begins from the trailhead. Setting out from here, you will be guided northward between two bluffs. Wandering through meadowlands, you will soon pass the Little Moon Lake on your left-hand side. At this point, you will confront an intersection, maintain on the Fayette Lake Trail. Now more intensely climbing, you will be redirected northeast, winding through dense tree stands and communities of low-lying brush. Eventually, you will reach the highest point of the hike, which exhibits expansive vistas of the encompassing granite oasis. Admire the scenery, then descend towards the lakeshore.

Nestled amongst granite bluffs decorated with pines, you will find Fayette Lake. Revel in the beauty of this haven and rejuvenate your tired feet in the chilly alpine waters. When you are ready to return, simply retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

Getting There

Access this hike from the Fayette Lake Trailhead off Fall Creek Road.

Route Details

  • Backcountry Campground

    Backcountry Camping

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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