Cottage Lake, WA
Pathfinder | 125 pts
Frogs and owls will sing you to sleep at Lizard Lake. Trail is well kept. We stayed two nights at Lizard Lake and also hiked over to Lily Lake to explore. The last time we were at Lizard Lake (1995 :P) there was a pit toilet. There is no longer any pit toilet at Lizard Lake so appropriate human waste practices need to be used. The camp area at Lizard Lake has been trashed by many irresponsible people hacking away at the trees growing in the area, despite more than enough kindling/logs laying around for the taking for fires- very depressing. Fires are difficult to get started and keep going, fire starters are great, however, it will take alot of sticks and twigs continually fed to keep one going due to most wood being very wet from just coming out of the winter. There is broken glass as well as trash (some highly intellectual person thought it smart to leave a bag of it stuffed inside a nearby stump and unfortunately we were maxed out in our packs and couldn't take it out with us). It was very disappointing to see the way campers have taken care of the area (or have not taken care of the area). Nice tent sites still exist at both Lizard and Lily lakes, however, Lizard has the best access to running water- you will have to hike further to get it at Lily. Wildflowers are in full bloom, mosquitoes are plentiful, but manageable with skeeter nets. A hike worth doing, but the area needs a lot of TLC.