Be sure and visit Zapata Falls either before beginning your hike or after completing it. Near the trail beginning it will cross S. Zapata Ck. In 1995, when we visited here, there was no way to cross except on a fallen tree, suspended up to 15' above the creek or wade across. The trail then climbed steeply, gaining a small ridge which it followed for a while. The trail then continues contouring up the valley on the east side, crossing below some cliffs and two minor drainages. At about 11,360, the trail crossed to the other side of the creek. There was a nice, primitive campsite near here, if packing in, or continue on to Zapata Lake. Trail is mostly forested until about 3/4 mile below the lake.
Some primitive sites as mentioned before in the upper basin. There's not any good camping above the lake.