Looking Glass Lake Trail

Trout Lake, Washington

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Pine forests give way to basalt lava beds as you climb east along the Pacific Crest Trail to the timberline on graceful Mount Adams. This wonderfully formed mountain is one of the youngest of the big volcanoes, and as such, hasn’t yet lost its smooth cone shape to the forces of erosion. The only thing that could make the mountain more attractive is to see it reflected in the cold waters of a wilderness lake. Looking Glass can’t truthfully be called a lake—it’s far too small for that—but when the winds are calm and the air is clear, the tiny tarn does reflect the face of Adams as well as any looking glass.
Day Hiking: South Cascades

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Day Hiking: South Cascades

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

Pine forests give way to basalt lava beds as you climb east along the Pacific Crest Trail to the timberline on graceful Mount Adams. This wonderfully formed mountain is one of the youngest of the big volcanoes, and as such, hasn’t yet lost its smooth cone shape to the forces of erosion.

The only thing that could make the mountain more attractive is to see it reflected in the cold waters of a wilderness lake. Looking Glass can’t truthfully be called a lake—it’s far too small for that—but when the winds are calm and the air is clear, the tiny tarn does reflect the face of Adams as well as any looking glass.

© 2007 Dan A. Nelson /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trout Lake
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late June-October
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 367S Mount Adams
Driving Directions: Directions to Looking Glass Lake Trail

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