Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
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Wonderful hike, especially the actual ascent up to the top. Mowitch Lake and Eunice Lake are clear and deep blue. There was still snow on the trail up at Eunice Lake but it was passable. The best part of this hike is the unmaintained trail at the lookout station that goes to the true peak of Tolmie Peak. According to my daughter, "you can't say you climbed Tolmie peak unless you go to the top". So off we went. I could only go halfway before my nerves got the best of me. I waited while my daughter continue on with the fearlessness of a mountain goat. I noticed while sitting on the ridge that the accoustics are so good that I could hear the people below at the lake as they talked. You can also see Mowitch Lake from the top. As you hike the trail be sure to take a short 200 ft detour at Insput Pass just for the view, its great.
Hiked this today with my family (wife + boys aged 7 and 5 and my one-year-old boy on my back). Had a tremendous time. This is a beautiful trail. Note that there is no need to go to the ranger station you can pay the entrance fee at a drop box on the way up. The trail is beautiful and a little challenging for small children - so they had a blast. Saw a frog and a salamander. We had fun even though we got a little rain. Be advised. Tip: Bring DEET in the summer for the area near the lake or you'll be miserable.
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