Finally completed this trek! This trail always keeps my attention. Lots of various terrain. Never bored! :)
Firstly, the drive in was stunning. The fall colors on the trees along the river, reds, yellows and various oranges, absolutely beautiful. I love fall hikes, the weather is cooler and NO BUGS! :)
The trail parking lot is gated now so you must park on the side of the road. There is ample room.
I was surprised, the trail wasn't as muddy as I would have thought after all the rain we have had lately. If you've hiked to Lindeman you know, the trail isn't too tough. A little elevation gain near the end and then you're greated by a beautiful turquoise colored lake.
To get to Greendrop you need to travel to the left of the Lindeman (there's a sign) and then start your trek over some boulders for a short distance and away you go. It then varies between boulders and rooted trail for a ways along the lake-side with almost no elevation gain. Once you reach the end of Lindeman you'll hit your first boulder field. I felt this to be the most agressive of the 4. It will take you to a sandy beach and then around the corner to the left....eventually your 2nd boulder field. This one actually has somewhat of a path like setting along the tree line for you to follow before turning off to right into the trees. Eventually, with a little elevation gain, not much, you'll reach your 3rd boulder field and follow to the right. It's well marked. It lead us across a creek bed which connected us to more boulders. We got quite the workout! The rocks were slippery and some covered with moss. This slowed us a bit.
Once through all the fields back into the trees. It was so peaceful! We were the only ones between Lindeman and Greendrop. Actually, we only saw a couple people trekking down in the morning and a school aged camp group going home and that was it. Perfect! :) Once you start getting closer to Greendrop you actually have to cross a Web of streams. I would imagine during the rain it would get running pretty fast in there. Waterproof hikers a must!
I absolutely loved the journey to Greendrop lake but as I've read in past reviews, I agree, it's not as beautiful as Lindeman. But I prefer the challenge of the hike much more :) And the rain held off right till the end...we felt our first drop just as we got back to the jeep...that was perfect timing.
Such a perfect trek in my mind...various terrain, 2 lakes and a great workout! :)