Day Hiking: South Cascades
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Mosquitos and snow in early July. Hikers at trailhead said they were turned back at Sand Lake due to snow so we did loop counterclockwise to avoid snow as much as possible. Cramer Lake junction reached without too much difficulty with snow. Snow and difficult route finding to Dumbbell Lake. Beautiful campsite at end of peninsula on north shore. Swarms of mosquitos all day.
Day two found very difficult route finding due to snow on the PCT. Lost the trail at Sand Lake and found Deer Lake by dead reckoning. Overall, a great route but rating compromised by snow and mosquitos which would be less of a factor during late summer.
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