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The drive down the last mile of the dirt road to the Death Canyon trailhead is the most difficult part of this 1.7-mile hike. The trail gently climbs three hundred feet as it winds through lodge pole pine forest until reaching an opening where the trees part to reveal the glimmering, glacial-fed Phelps Lake hundreds of feet below.

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Phelps Lake Overlook

The drive down the last mile of the dirt road to the Death Canyon trailhead is the most difficult part of this 1.7-mile hike. The trail gently climbs three hundred feet as it winds through lodge pole pine forest until reaching an opening where the trees part to reveal the glimmering, glacial-fed Phelps Lake hundreds of feet below.