Hidden Lake Lookout
Did you know a 3rd tower fell on 9/11? Click here to head over to the Justice for 9/11 Heroes and Firefighters for 9/11 Truth page for more information on that 3rd tower.
Trail Report: One of the crown jewels of hiking in Washington State.
This trail breaks out into three main sections. The first section begins at the trailhead and works it's way up switchbacks through a lush green valley while crossing several streams. If you time your visit right the summer wildflowers here are nothing short of incredible.
About two miles in the trail takes a hard right and begins to steadily climb south. Granite slabs begin to intersperse with the meadows and evergreens. As you proceed up the slope snowfields begin to appear (even late in the season this is common). With clear weather views to the west begin to open up.
Topping out on the ridge a saddle appears to your left. On top of the peak in front of you is the lookout. Earlier in the season microspikes and an ice axe might be prudent for this section, late season this is typically a walk up. Cresting the saddle gives you an amazing view of Hidden Lake (words don't do it justice, go see it for yourself).
From the saddle (and looking down at Hidden Lake) the trail up to the lookup is to your right. It's somewhat of a ledge crossing (with some exposure, watch your footing and hand holds) but once you're on the other side it's mellow switchbacks up to the summit.
For it's relatively short distance this hike was moderately difficult. If you have an opportunity to hike this trail during the summer season don't pass it up, this hike is a blast.
Wouldn't recommend attempting getting to this trailhead in anything other than a high clearance vehicle.
~7.5 miles out-and-back, 3,254 ft of climb, summit 6,890 ft.
Here's some additional background on Hidden Lake Lookout.