American Lake

Chinook Pass, Washington

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Dogs love lakes. People love lakes. Dogs love meadows and fields of grass. People love meadows and fields of huckleberries! This trail fills all those needs. The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) south from Chinook Pass, weaving around alpine lakes of all sizes, cutting through dry-side old-growth forests, and pushing through wildflower meadows and tight brambles of fruit-rich huckleberry bushes. Oh, there are nice views, too, with Mount Rainier visible from the early sections of the trail and the peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness seen from the latter sections of trail.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Dogs love lakes. People love lakes. Dogs love meadows and fields of grass. People love meadows and fields of huckleberries! This trail fills all those needs.

The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) south from Chinook Pass, weaving around alpine lakes of all sizes, cutting through dry-side old-growth forests, and pushing through wildflower meadows and tight brambles of fruit-rich huckleberry bushes. Oh, there are nice views, too, with Mount Rainier visible from the early sections of the trail and the peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness seen from the latter sections of trail.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Chinook Pass
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East No. 270, Bumping Lake No. 271
Driving Directions: Directions to American Lake

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