after reading several negative descriptions about this trail in various guidebooks & websites, this route was better than expected. A quick, efficient way to access the Thousands Lakes highpoints. It's also on the dry side of the wilderness, so the mosquitos weren't bad at all.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe