The hike to Pawnee Lake is a beautiful hike, long but very pretty. This is hike that is better suited as a 2-day event. There are portions of the trail that run along a valley floor and go quickly; this is Moose country. The last pitch to Pawnee Lake is a little challenging, but that may have been because I did this in as a day hike. I ran across a couple of groups of people, mostly on their decent from Pawnee pass and on they way out. Given the length of the hike, I got very lucky with the weather. Would love to do this hike again but as a multi-day hike.