Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness
by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)
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Long drive to get to the trailhead, but well worth it. Once there it is a nice long day hike with some great terrain and nice views. Lake at the top is nice , but a little buggy
The trail is well maintained (90% of the way) despite the heavy snow this year. The first part of this trail is not for the faint of heart - it starts off immediately uphill and is pretty rocky. Some neat views along the way. The lake at the top is beautiful (not stunning, but beautiful) and very peaceful. We went in August and it was a very hot weekend so the water in the lake warmed up a lot and we went for a nice warm swim in the lake. It was awesome!
Oh, and a little secret: when you first get to the lake hang a left and go around to the west side. Thats where the best camping (and fishing is). Cheerio!
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