We had a great time hiking to Upper Piney Lake over 4th of July weekend, 2006. Although the views are out of this world, the hike will take everything out of you that you've got. I would highly recommend this hike. Make sure you have everything you need for AT LEAST 2 days. The hike to Upper Piney will take 8 hours (all up hill)...But only 4 hours to get back to Piney River Ranch. Says Christopher and Elizabeth Rivers
Upper Piney Lake is located
in the Park Range. This lake is so wonderful. On an excellent wintertime day you may rent a snow mobile at Piney River Ranch. A magnificent nearby hotel is Vail Mountain Lodge And Spa; in the event that you have a boat, Frisco Bay Marina is a good marina.