Well, I think we found our new favorite hike. Of course, it's in a federal park (which we didn't realize until we pulled into the parking lot...). I should be keeping score - I think we're winning on the Discover Pass side, but not by as much as we should be!
We came across the horses (and their owners) on the trail as they were coming back with news of a bee's hive in the middle of the trail so we didn't make it to the lake, but next time we'll definitely plan on eating lunch on the water's edge. If we hike it again in late summer, though, I don't know if we'll have room for lunch because of all the ripe blackberries to snack on on the way there!