Best Hikes with Dogs: Inland Northwest
by Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)
© Craig Romano & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Whew...what a climb. Beautiful lake at the top....glad we did it but won't be making that hike again anytime soon.
Words of advise: Good sturdy shoes, lots of drinking water, start out in the cool of the morning, either Avon Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil to rub on (mosquitos don't like it) or a bug spray...as they are pretty think on this trail and a blow up floaty to play on the lake...oh and leave your toddler and grandma at home for the day.
Keep in mind that this trail is up hill the WHOLE way to the lake. We're not athletes by any means but have done numerous hikes and we found this one pretty tiring. Perhaps it was the altitude we aren't used to either. But it is beautiful and there was lots of shade most of the way. The lake was beautiful and the potty at the top was clean and newly built. There was still a little snow on the mountain when we went. When we got back to the car, there was a big family starting up and said they heard the trail was easy enough for toddlers. Not sure where that trail guide came from.
Make sure you take lots of water and wear shoes that can handle the constant uphill and downhill. Two of our group lost the soles of their tennis shoes coming down. We just hadn't planned for that strenuous of a hike.
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