Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness
by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)
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This trail is currently closed due to "fire damage and falling rocks". I tried it anyway and it was a nightmare. The trail is EXTREMELY overgrown with up to chest-high growth. There are also several tree-falls and washouts blocking the trail. Had to give up and make camp before making it to the gap. My fault for hiking on a "closed" trail, but there were A LOT more things wrong than the fire damage cited in the warning. This trail is in EXTREME need of a trail maintenance crew. Recommend staying away until a crew works on it.
A great hike to a great view. The elevation gain is pretty easy, but is more steep at the end. Camping at the lake is gorgeous with great camp sites, though some are a bit exposed to the wind. The stream feeding the lake has some of the most picturesque small water falls and pools I have yet seen in Washington, and also the best tasting water.
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