If you want an easy introduction to high alpine lake hiking, Little Lakes Valley trail is the perfect beginner spot! From Tom’s Place, head about 10 miles up the mountain on Rock Creek Road and you’ll end up at a parking lot where the trailhead starts. The trail is moderately flat throughout so it’s easy to get around to all of the lakes. We hiked from the trailhead at Mosquito Flats campground up to Gem Lakes for a roundtrip total of almost 7 miles. It’s so stunningly gorgeous!