Junction Lake Trail

Trout Lake, Washington

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A warm, shallow wilderness lake surrounded by subalpine meadows, Junction will please families because there are a number of small ponds to lure kids with along the way. What is the junction? Its name evidently comes from the connection of this trail with the Pacific Crest Trail at the far end of the lake. In ¼ mile step into the Indian Heaven Wilderness and feel and smell the difference. Nothing has been cut down, graded, or gouged with motorcycle tracks. Children will like searching the lichen-encrusted tree trunks to see old men’s beards, mustaches, and eyebrows in their shapes. The trail is wide and gains elevation gradually. There is some evidence of volcanic activity. To the left the tree-covered hill is a small dead crater, without a trail, and the little ponds along the ridge top between miles 1 and 2 are volcanic potholes.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A warm, shallow wilderness lake surrounded by subalpine meadows, Junction will please families because there are a number of small ponds to lure kids with along the way. What is the junction? Its name evidently comes from the connection of this trail with the Pacific Crest Trail at the far end of the lake.

In ¼ mile step into the Indian Heaven Wilderness and feel and smell the difference. Nothing has been cut down, graded, or gouged with motorcycle tracks. Children will like searching the lichen-encrusted tree trunks to see old men’s beards, mustaches, and eyebrows in their shapes. The trail is wide and gains elevation gradually. There is some evidence of volcanic activity. To the left the tree-covered hill is a small dead
crater, without a trail, and the little ponds along the ridge top between miles 1 and 2 are volcanic potholes.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate for children
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,070 feet
Top Elevation: 4,770 feet
Local Contacts: Indian Heaven Wilderness
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 365 Lone Butte, No. 397 Wind River; USFS Indian Heaven Wilderness
Driving Directions: Directions to Junction Lake Trail

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