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This is a hot, steep, dusty climb. The trail becomes difficult to follow north of Kennedy Pass. Along the way are forests, lakes and vistas.

Lewis Creek Trail leads northward from Highway 180. The beginning elevation of this hike is 4,600 feet. The trail parallels Lewis Creek for the first one and a half miles to a fork in the path. At this point the Hotel Creek Trail leads to the right. Those wishing to end their ascent can form a loop back to the trailhead using the Hotel Creek Trail and Highway 180. Those hikers wishing to reach Frypan Meadow should follow the left side of the fork.

The trail continues to ascend as it follows the drainage. Within three miles of the trailhead the path crosses Comb Creek at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Still ascending but not as steeply, the trail leads northward and crosses Lewis Creek a mile from Comb Creek. From the Lewis Creek crossing it is a mile and a half to Frypan Meadow. From this point the trail continues northeastward to Kennedy Pass and over Monarch Divide.

Directions: From Big Stump Entrance, Follow Highway 180 north from the entrance 32 miles. Before reaching Cedar Grove Village turn left and park at the Lewis Creek Trailhead on the northern side of the road.

Elevation: 4,500 feet

Ending Elevation: 8,000 feet

Difficulty: Strenuous

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