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Do as a dayhike or overnighter. During late spring and summer season you can drive to the trailhead at the far end of Cottonwood Lake. (There is a campground nearby also). During early spring and winter, access is by ski or snowmobile from up to 8 miles down the canyon at the parking area, (or from as far as you can drive in the spring). The mountaineering route I posted is prone to avalanche in the winter-- be careful. In the same chute in the spring, I have had it collapse beneath me due to the runoff stream below. But hit is just right and it is a fun place to practice skills. The lakes sit on a shelf enclosed by a cirque. The area is very pretty. A good campsite sits between the two lakes in a grove of trees. A climb to the top of Mount Wagner is worth it for views of the surrounding mountains.The cirque is a good place to practice mountaineering skills.