This whole area near the Lakes Basin is really mellow and beautiful and this is an easy stroll up Haskell. Not much traffic up here on the east side of Gold Lake Hwy, so usually plenty of solitude and good exploring.
This was our second hike of the day after Sierra Buttes. Finding the trailhead and the trail to Haskell Peak was rather simple, which was a nice surprise. The trail was very easy to follow. Only a few faint snow patches remained on the mountain. A lot of forest fires were visible miles away, and were blowing smoke in the area making views somewhat hazy.