Day Hiking: South Cascades
by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
I was scouting out some hikes in the vicinity of Clear Lake with my daughters and found this gem. Fairly short, but steep enough to give my heart a good workout and to probably discourage many casual hikers. The trail climbs steadily through the forest with some open areas with views peeking through the trees. As the trail winds around the north side of Round Mountain, there is a great view of Mt Rainier through a break in the trees. A little more climbing brings you to the top of Round Mountain, with a panoramic view down the Tieton valley to the east and of Mount Adams and the Goat Rocks to the south. On a clear day, it's a spectacular view, well worth the effort.
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