Great morning hike with Amy & the dogs after dispersed camping with a gorgeous view of Sierra Buttes. Nice to close the loop after an unsuccessful attempt a few years ago due to the road being closed due to snow.
The gravel road off Gold Lake Road (FS9/Haskell Peak Road) was in great condition, only had to stop twice on the 16 mile round trip to move a rock out of the way, otherwise it was easy going. The trail is easy to follow to the peak, very short hike. Afterword went on to Elwell and then Sierra Buttes, as they are all accessed via Gold Lake Road. TR is HERE.
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.