Spring is a capricious season for hikers from the west side of the Cascades. Hungry for warm days and flowers, they are often driven east by bad weather. It’s a good thing there are sweet gems like Dusty Lake to visit, situated in the same geological neighborhood as Ancient Lakes. Though the hike is short and the drive is long, it is worth it. You may feel as if you’ve gotten away with something when you drive through a late spring storm at Snoqualmie Pass into open terrain where clumps of phlox cast a purple glow against rolling hills and the golden fire of balsamroot warms the heart.
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