Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness
by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)
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This trip takes it out of you; there is a lot of incline. I ran into about 6-7 other groups of people as it seems to be a pretty popular trail for a day hike. Depending on your hiking speed you can make it to big heart in a day, but you'll be traveling fast. There are a lot of view points and wild flowers along the way to keep in interesting. Just remember to travel light.
This is an amazing trail on a cool day. The trail starts out as a gentle river bed trail and then begins to ascend and ascend up seemingly endless switchbacks. But, they are beautiful - a roaring waterfall to accomany you and gold and red arched maple vines encourage you to keep going. Don't miss Lake Malachite - because it's easy to! A small wooden sign sends you up a .3 mile heckofa climb to one of the most beautiful lakes I've seen in my life. This was possibly my tenth trip to this lake, and I know it will be a sad year that I don't make the climb to Lake Malachite.
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