I cannot overstate how STUNNINGLY GORGEOUS this hike was back in mid-September as the fires were unrelenting in the West. Just. Look. At. That.
We drove out to the trailhead (through North Cascade National Park) on a leap of faith that we would be met with decent air quality and weather. Needless to say, it was a perfect day.
The trail was in great condition, there were only a handful of visitors on the Tuesday we were there, and the views were everything! I’d recommend packing a lunch or a heavy snack because you’ll probably be a little hungry by the time you arrive, but mostly, you’ll want a reason to stick around and enjoy the scenery. I find snacking to be the best excuse.
Most of the trail has just a gradual incline or decline, nothing too unattainable. There is a trail that goes around the lake, but we opted to park it on a small little beach area and enjoy our aforementioned lunch, and watch the trout in the lake swim around.
We took it in and reluctantly headed back to the car. Before heading back to camp, we popped over to the Washington Pass Lookout and was blown away by the views there too!!
Happy Hiking, Friends!