This trail overlooks Patterson Lake to the East and is part of the Sun Mountain Lodge Trail system that connects Radar Creek Trail to Cabin Trail
. It's easy to intermediate only because it runs along the mid/high-bank edge of the lake. It includes a couple rolling hills, as well as a small section of rocky surface areas. Otherwise, a nice, pleasant lake view trail. Partially wooded.
A nice viewpoint is located near the South Western most section of the trail, overlooking the lake and a nice place for a picnic or to take a dip.
Getting there: Either run from Winthrop following the Winthrop Trail
up to Patterson Lake or drive to the Chickadee Trailhead parking lot:
Driving directions to start from Winthrop: from the four-way stop sign in downtown Winthrop go east on hwy 20 about a half mile and turn right after crossing the bridge onto twin lakes rd. follow twin lakes road about 3 miles to Patterson lake road and turn right. follow Patterson lake road about 5 1/4 miles to Chickadee trailhead/Thompson ridge road and turn left twice into the parking lot.