Day Hiking: North Cascades
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
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Very rainy day but still spectacular. Impressed how well maintained the trail was. Even after days of rain it was in a good shape - though some of the granite sections were mini rivers. Beautiful forest all the way up. One of our group was back in the NW for a couple of days and desperate for big trees. This filled his need well. Lake was gorgeous and great pay off for the climb - though it was so cloudy we couldn't really see the mountains surrounding the lake.
Trail is complete all the way around the lake. Some snow still on north side (see pics), but trail is clear. Awesome hike.
I think the trailhead pretty much set the standard for the rest of the trail. The trail was very well maintained. There were quite a few neat little bridges and log walkways which are my favorite part of trails. The trail was not easy but not hard either, a good work out for those not in shape. The lake veiws at the end make your hard work worth it!! Its breathtaking!! I would highly recommend bug spray though.
Headed up trail with a group of scouts. It was a busy trail wide enough to allow people to pass. The views were breathtaking, water falls in full force as we followed the river. Snow present the last 1/2 mile to the lake. Lake still partically covered and bank along lake still covered with snow.
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