100 Classic Hikes Washington
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
My 6 year old daughter and I did loop that started at Deep Creek Camp Ground. The first day we hiked up the hill to Twin Sisters, took a rest break and then continued on to Snow Lake where we camped for the night. That was a long day mainly because we didn't get started until about 1:00 PM due to the distance to the trail head. Its a good hour drive from Chinook pass for those of you coming from the West side of the mountain. On the second day we hiked from Snow Lake down to a small, unnamed lake on the trail leading up the back side of Tumac Mtn. That was a pleasant, mostly level hike. The third day we hiked up the back side of Tumac Mtn, had lunch at the top and then hiked down the front of Tumac and continued on to spend our last night at Twin Sisters. That was a very strenuous climb up steep, narrow, crushed granite that ended up with me carrying my daughters pack the last few switchbacks. The view from the top was great but it was a bit much for my 6 year old to climb.
We had a great trip but I wouldn't go this early in the season again. The mosquitoes were relentless (even at the windy peak of Mount Tumac!). Also there was still quite a lot of snow, particularly on the North side of Tumac Mtn. where the trail was often covered in snow for several hundred yards at a time. This was a great 3 night/4 day loop with just enough challenge for my 6 year old carrying her own pack. Next year we'll wait until mid August to let the snow melt and the mosquitoes thin out. I would also consider camping the night before at one of the many campgrounds near the trail head and then getting an early start on the hike.
Summer 2008 update - the road to Deep Creek Campground, which is the trail head for this trip, has been washed out since the winter of 2007. You will have to park and walk an additional 4 miles just to get to the trail head.
Very pretty lakes. Bring Mosquito repelant! once you get near the lakes we had hundreds of Mosquitoes trying to eat us alive :)
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