Sunday morning we got to trailhead parking around 7:45 AM to a full lot, we parked along the road, but it wasn't too bad and we were not parked too far down the road. The toilet was pretty clean for how busy this TH is, and stocked with TP.
Trail: the first mile is forested, then you hit the junction to Pratt Lake. You go right for Granite Mountain, and the trail starts climbing and gets pretty exposed. I got ahead of my husband, and at one point he ran out of water, I think before the meadows. I waited for him for a while and he eventually got to me but said he hadn't found an easy access water source to filter water. If you go a lil further up trail, before you really start climbing to the lookout, we found a small stream that we were able to filter water at. There were some tarns near the meadow But he didn't think to filter there. So there is water to filter on trail! Just closer to the lookout. There was also a lil snow on trail but not much, and it was not hard to cross. We did not use spikes.
As a few reports down said, bear grass is going past it's peak bloom, and will be gone soon. But a ton of other wildflowers to check out on trail still! A ton of Indian Paintbrush, lupine, and lilies. Beautiful trail!
Beautiful day at the fire lookout! Butt kicker of a day hike.