These five exquisite alpine lakes are remote enough to be relatively uncrowded. Families who wish to camp can spend several days admiring the lakes’ contours or wandering and exploring. Most of the trail was built by Walt Bailey and his friends from Volunteers for Outdoor Washington, who learned their techniques during the Civilian Conservation Corps era.
This was a period in the 1930s when the federal government paid workers to build trails, roads, and bridges. The trail has steep switchbacks and narrow tread. It is recommended for children anyway because it provides fairly direct access to these beautiful lakes.
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