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Surprise Lake Professional Review and Guide
"For such an obscure trailhead, the way up to Surprise Lake (and beyond) gets a lot of foot traffic. This probably has to do with the trail’s proximity to Surprise Creek (along with its many waterfalls) and the large number of campsites at the lake. Numerous avalanche chutes provide prime wildflower viewing in spring, and views upcanyon from the lake to cliffs and crags are very impressive. More adventurous hikers can hook up with the Pacific Crest Trail to points farther north or south, create a backpacking loop with Deception Creek (Forest Service Trail 1059), or utilize many other trails on a multiday excursion to reach Salmon La Sac (car shuttle needed)."
--Peter Stekel, Best Hikes Near Seattle (Falcon Guides).
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