It was rather windy when we got to the trailhead around 10 AM and was not the Christmas weather I had hoped for. Only three cars including mine were when we left the parking lot.
We spent most of our time on the service road. The weather wasn’t getting any better, in fact, it started to snow and got windier the higher up we went. I had forgotten my GPS at home so I wasn’t exactly sure where the scramble turn-off to the lakes would have been. With no views and awful weather, I decided we’d stop at the ridge and call it a day.
There was an insane amount of people not far from the parking lot, mostly families with kids.