Day Hiking: North Cascades
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Trail up to Black Lake is quite nice. Area between
Black Lake and Faun Lake is still quite ugly
from the fire. Was on WTA log-out in the affected region. If you are interested in how
reforestation occurs in a burn region this is a very fascinating area- otherwise, don't go here (yet). Period. Trail up to Black Lake from the trailhead is passable to hikers and stock. The area between Black Lake and Faun Lake is passable only to very determined hikers or horsemen willing to
lead their rides for most of the trail- the brush is heavy and the erosion damage is quite significant. There are also 3 scree fields which need some very significant work before anyone who is not a master
trail horseman should try them.
Still closed. Anyone know when they are planning on reopening this trail? Has anyone "hopped the fence" and did it anyway?
As of early July 2005, this trail is closed due to wildfire damage from the Thirtymile Fire in the Okanogan National Forest. Rangers in the area informed us that there were crews working on the Black Lake trail and that no visitors were currently permitted on the trail. The same is true for the nearby Crystal Lake trail as well. Not sure about other trails further up the road.
We ended up going to Copper Glance Lake for our hike.
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