You will cross Caples Creek after less than 1/2 mile then climb a short
grade (150') before topping out and heading back down into a drainage.
At about mile 1.5 you will pass a stagnant pond...our kids were very
concerned that this was Margaret Lake. After reassuring your kids that
the real lake is much nicer, continue down this drainage for another
mile. The last 1/10th mile is a short 60' uphill into the Margaret Lake
basin. The Lake has several rock islands that are fun to swim out to,
and rock climbers might want to bring shoes and a chalk bag for some
wonderful bouldering (and even top roping). There are not a huge number
of campsites, but the ones that exist are very nice.
Concerns: None but the usual...keep it clean, pack it out,
pick up after those who didn't, stay 200 yards away from steams and
lakes when...you know...you've gotta go.
Although the trail is wide and easy to follow in most places, the surrounding
area is a bit featureless. Combine this with the plethora of small trails
that branch off the main trail then disappear, and we would want a map,
a compass and more than true beginner trail hiking experience.