"As an excellent introduction to the backcountry, gentle Logging Lake Trail ambles through ponderosa pines and wildflower meadows, following Logging Creek, backdropped by mountain views now visible thanks to wildfires a decade ago.
The route follows Logging Creek up to the lake, although sometimes the trail is high on a bench away from the foamy stream. Here, you experience solitude and silence, perhaps punctuated by the sounds of the pileated woodpecker, Steller’s jay, and black-capped chickadee. You may also find old, partially burned communication wires from an era past. As the trail wends in and out of new and old growth hemlock, lodgepole pine, and occasional ponderosa pine forest, hikers encounter wetlands and shallow creek crossings. The damp mud provides an imprinted tale of travelers: deer, black bear, moose, human, horse, and pack mule—and mosquitoes in early summer."