Location: Near Marblement, WA (North Cascades National Park)
Distance: 8 – 9 miles RT
Highest Point: 6900ft
Jeannette and I embarked on this very demanding trail on a cloudy morning. After traversing through first miles of forest, the trail opened up to lush meadows with wild flowers in full bloom. As we climbed up, rich huckleberry bush availed themselves.
Above the tree line, boulder fields became the dominant trail features, and a section of trail was still snow-covered. I was misled by an errand cairn off trail to a rocky slope resulting in close calls sliding off the slope for both of us.
Our nerves shaken, we almost turned back. Fortunately, we rediscovered the trail with the aid of a couple other hikers, and was able to reach the lake overlook to have a refreshing lunch. Re-energized, we decided to embark on the last few hundred feet of climbing to the Lookout.
With some boulder scrambling, we arrived at the Lookout – impossibly perched at the very tip of the talus.
Downhill trip was thankfully uneventful, just knee jarring.