Best Wildflower Hikes Washington
by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This is an easy afternoon hike to get out and stretch your legs the elevation change is minimal and spread over the length of the trail. The only thing strenuous about the trail is the altitude. The wild flowers were in full bloom and the temperature was perfect. We did the trail in the clockwise direction starting at the parking lot on the east side of Chinook pass and were rewarded with great views of MT Rainer. People walking it in the opposite direction commented that they had to constantly look over their shoulder to see the mountain. Pit toilets are available at both parking lots. The final portion of the loop follows the road up and over Chinook pass back to the parking lot. There are several mountain lakes along the trial and a number of viewpoints from saddles. The trail breaks off to several longer trails including to PCT.
great easy trail for when you just want to get out or are just starting out...went up on sat..it was rainy, but not horrible. lots of blueberries and quite a few other hikers as well.
Great easy trail, good if you have little ones or just feel like an easy stroll.
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