Cougar Lake Trails 2000, 958, and 958a

Sunrise, Washington

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Hike from Chinook Pass along the backbone of the Cascade Range to gorgeous Cougar Lake, passing Dewey and American Lakes as you go. Early in the season western pasqueflowers (Anemone occidentalis) bloom in profusion here. By August their blooms are gone, replaced by the hairy seedpods that give them their other common name, "mouse on a stick." Behind you to the west, Mount Rainier lifts its huge ice-covered dome high above the lesser surrounding peaks and timbered canyons. Early in the season the route crosses several tiny streams as you traverse this slope through the subalpine timber, but by mid-August they are mostly dry. Mountain goats are occasionally seen on the slopes of Naches Peak—look above to your right, through the thinning timber, for a possible glimpse of one of these white crag monarchs.
Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

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Hiking Washington's William O. Douglas Wilderness

by Fred Barstad (Falcon Guides)

Hike from Chinook Pass along the backbone of the Cascade Range to gorgeous Cougar Lake, passing Dewey and American Lakes as you go. Early in the season western pasqueflowers (Anemone occidentalis) bloom in profusion here. By August their blooms are gone, replaced by the hairy seedpods that give them their other common name, "mouse on a stick." Behind you to the west, Mount Rainier lifts its huge ice-covered dome high above the lesser surrounding peaks and timbered canyons.

Early in the season the route crosses several tiny streams as you traverse this slope through the subalpine timber, but by mid-August they are mostly dry. Mountain goats are occasionally seen on the slopes of Naches Peak—look above to your right, through the thinning timber, for a possible glimpse of one of these white crag monarchs.

©  Fred Barstad/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sunrise
Distance: 19.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best months: Mid-July through September.
Local Maps: USDA Forest Service Norse Peak and William O. Douglas Wilderness or Cougar Lake USGS quad.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cougar Lake Trails 2000, 958, and 958a

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