Memorial Lakes is an unofficial trail and is not well maintained. However it is well traveled.
The path is quite narrow and has a lot of ups and downs. For most of the time you will be following the North Ribbon Creek.
Do this hike later in the summer to make sure all of the snow is clear and you can make it to the third lake. We went down the scree slope between Mount Bogart and the third lake. The scree was quite large and inconsistent, so it actually took us longer to take this 'short cut' then if we would have retraced our steps.
If you are uncomfortable with streep scree I would recommend retracing your steps back around Bogart back down to the second lake.
The Trail Head is the Ribbon Creek Day Use area. If follows the Ribbon Creek Trail for 3 KM. There is a rock pile on the north side of the trail that marks the begining of the Memorial Lakes Trail.
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Posted By: Dean Henley
- Tue Aug 02 03:41:13 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful scenery hiking along creek, and up to the lakes DownsideSome wash out because of the floods makes for a couple of sketchy parts along to trail up. Nice that someone installed a rope to help CommentThe floods have changed the trail since I did it last in 2007. Some washed out section of the trail means take more caution and a slower pace. Recommend to leave early to make it all the way to lake 3. Took us 2.5 hours to reach lake 2. Well worth the effort. The other thing we were think of doing was taking bikes to ride along the 3.5 Kam of ribbon creek trail to the memorial lakes trail head and knock 45-60 minutes off the travel time.
Posted By: HighDesert
- Tue Oct 13 05:40:22 UTC 2015
DownsideThe narrow path leading to the lakes is destroyed (eroded) at about 1km from the tiny cairn marking the way from the Ribbon Falls trail. CommentToday, Oct 12 2015 at about 1 km from the cairn marking the way towards the Memorial lakes the path was destroyed (eroded with a substantial part of the slope). It was very hard to find footing to go around the missing part of the slope. We had to go back since we were not sure how many more missing parts of the path will lie ahead towards the lakes. We were sorry that we missed out the beautiful views evident from the pics.