Tuesday, October 9, 2012

KUOW- Hike of the week- Granite MT & Larch Lake

Updated 10-9-2012
Two hikes this week with fall colors. Featured hike is Granite Mt Lookout just west of Snoq Pass. Other hike is Larch Lake (see below). Best time to go is this Tuesday through Thursday. Rain returns on Friday.
Photo below is view towards lookout- almost there- 3800 foot gain-worth it
Check out Green Trails Maps for directions. Map for this week's trip is 207 for Lookout. For Larch Lake map 177 and 178. Click link below for complete list of maps.http:// http://greentrailsmaps.com/maps/index_Map_wa/
Photo below lots of reds on the way up
Photo below is view of Mt. Rainier from top can also see Glacier Peak and Mt Stuart
Photo below is another view from the top
Granite Mt Lookout Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 Turn north over the freeway, turn left at the T, and drive to Granite Mountain parking area. Trail stats: 8 miles roundtrip and 3800 foot gain
Photos below are from Larch Lake accessed via Scottish Lakes High Camp

Located 17 miles east of Stevens Pass Photo below Larch Lake
Photo below is of Larch Lake from above it
Photo below lots reds
Photo below is from Ewing Basin
Photo below fall colors
Photo below is view of Glacier
Photo below more colors
Photo below is from high meadow
Directions the long way probably too late in the season requires a very-very long day or an overnight. From Seattle take Highway 2 and turn right at Forest Service Road No. 7908. Take trail 1571, From the trailhead kiosk head for a gated road that traverses private property the first mile. Hike to Larch Lake 12 miles and 3900 feet. Want better way? Stay at Scottish Lakes High Camp. To get to Larch Lake short way go via Scottish Lakes High Camp. 5 miles one way and 2400 feet. Visit web site for details and click the link here. http:// http://www.scottishlakes.com/ > Call 509-763-3044

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