Two thirds of the trail was snow free. Snow started at 720m. No need for snowshoes but the snow was rotten and postholing was frequent. It seemed that there were quite recent traffic to the lake possibly from the weekend. The lake itself was not cross-able anymore although I saw a track crossing it which seemed not to be too long ago. If you want to continue beyond the lake, I think you will need snowshoes. Gaitors are helpful in anyway.