60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma
by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)
© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.
Excellent day for a hike, as long as you got started early (like I did), before the clouds moved in later in the afternoon. I am delighted to say that it was a beautiful day, no snow at all on the trail, all the way up to Tolmie Peak Lookout. Great views, excellent way to spend a few hours. A couple of words of advice: Start early and bring bug spray. There were biting insects pretty much all the way from bottom-to-top.
A beautiful day and what a great start at beautiful Mowich Lake. You roll on out to Ipsut Pass and then the fun really begins. All the elevation you just gained gets lost and then regained again as you get to the lake. Gentians abound as you approach the lake, grabbing huckleberries on the way. The serene water reflects the great wall on top of which rests that little lookout cabin. Up, up you go, quickly and breathlessly but oh! the attainment of the top is sweet!! It was a clear day and we had views of Mt. Rainier in our face, views from Mt. St. Helens, to Mt. Baker to Glacier Peak to the Stewart Range. Lake Eunice greeted our return with cold water to cool those hot toes. More huckleberries. Then all that work going down from the lake, up to Ipsut Pass and down to Mowich Lake. Phew. Great workout. Hungry now!
Awesome hike. Low degree of difficulty - great for taking kids who are a little older. Doing this in the summer yields a great reward when you plunge into Eunice Lake. The water is cold, but tolerable and crystal clear.
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