Most of this trail was burned over in the 2018 Crescent Fire and much of the trail is dry and dusty during the summer.
This route climbs to an old moraine, below Gray Peak, continues up to the Chelan Summit Trail, travels across a fragile slope to a pass east of Gray Peak, and then descends into the basin towards Middle Oval Lake where the maintained trail terminates.
At the outflow of Middle Oval Lake, you can scramble to Oval Peak and the summits of Buttermilk Ridge, where there are unforgettable views of surrounding ridges and peaks are captivating. Spend some time at the pass below Gray Peak or consider scrambling on a couple routes to the summit, for an indescribable view of the Cascade Range with Glacier Peak glistening and dominating the horizon.
Good stock camping in the basin above Middle Oval Lake with graze available. Fishing is good in the lakes. Stock users should travel with care as the burnt up ground sometimes gives way under heavier weights.