west fork foss lakes trail
From Trout Lake on, it starts getting steep, at about 2.6 miles in. Just bring a gallon of spray. Big Heart Lakeis the most remote and highest-elevation on-trail lake in the West Fork Foss Riversystem. Would have done it but it was getting late. Continue on Road #68 for approximately 4.7 miles. Don’t expect to camp right near the lake. This hike takes you past 5 lakes and a few different waterfalls, so if you don't wish to push on to Big Heart, you won't be disappointed! At about a mile in, a nice bridge crosses the West Fork of the Foss River and shortly thereafter you are greeted with one of the Largest Douglas Fir Trees standing in the state. Beautiful view of the lake and the hike views are lovely. The initial hike to Trout (about 1.7 miles) is fairly easy, and then it gets challenging all the way to Copper. If you're moving, nothing bothers you but as soon as you stop they swarm. Baker in the distance, across several smaller hills and valleys. We just happened to arrive on a Saturday - probably bad timing on our part. Picture. this was an amazing hike! We ended up going about a mile past the lake and made it a ten mile day. A gorgeous trip. If you hike this during the heat of summer, after the long, exposed switchbacks, you might need a re-fill here. It was a short little hike so left us with most of the day to relax and swim - for which, we had the whole lake to ourselves. share. Even if you're just day hiking, I highly recommend lots of water and sturdy and supportive shoes. Bing Maps has a collection of great trails with directions to trail heads as well as photos. With 40 pounds of gear on my back and two trusty companions by my side, I hike into the forest, surrounding myself with its the sights and sounds. Further in, and up beyond a small meadow covered in low lying blueberries to a site that was perched overlooking the lake, where you are able to take in all its’ beauty. There are a few good campsites here at the Northern edge of the lake, and they are close to the water’s edge. Some folks said it's a bit of a scramble and they had seen others leave their packs at the top to explore. Overall fun, but tiresome if your conditioning isn’t great and your pack is heavy. West Fork Foss Lakes Trail #1064 Directions: Drive State Route 2 for 1.7 miles east of the Skykomish. On the other side of Stevens Pass, just about an hour from Leavenworth, sits the West Fork Foss Lakes Trail. First 1 1/2 miles were fairly easy... Once you pass Trout Lake you’re reward with uphill, with sun exposure(if you start late), until you reach Cooper Lake. I topped out out above Angeline and Big Heart and headed back to my elevation camp. After about 2 miles (3.2 km) from the trailhead, the falls is visible through trees. A small lake that is a popular destination for dayhikes, and for fishing. We also noticed the etiquette on giving way to uphill hikers was followed by everyone which was a welcome change after being on more crowded and accessible trails lately where it’s been a bit of a free for all. We did have problems finding the trailhead - Turn left at the brown sign and just keep going. Definitely looking forward to returning for a few days with backpacks to complete the trek! Continue on #68 for approximately 6 miles. after that, there was a couple stream crossings but i was able to jump from rock to rock/log to get across. After you’ve topped out at 4935ft, you’ll drop back down to the edge of Big Heart Lake, at 4162 ft elevation. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere to camp here, at least that could be seen from the trail. The trail needs restoration where the roots of an up-ended tree left a gaping whole in the trail. Trout Lake is gorgeous. I debated saying this hike was terrible, but only because I want it all to myself. 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