As first time backpackers this hike was a bit difficult with almost 30 pound backpacks on. It was a great place to stay though! We stayed at lake of the clouds site LOC 1 the first night. No lake view and lots of mosquitos and right on the junction of the two trails. Next two nights were at mirror lake and stayed at site ML-3. Great view of the lake!! Though still lots of those darn mosquitos and a few biting flies darting at your head. Unfortunately couldn’t swim at either lake due to leeches. So beware. Overall experience was 4 stars cuz of those pesky bugs.