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Beaver Lake — Aug 06, 2012 — RainyDazeDreamer
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns
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This trail was easy to find with the use of the directions on this website but I could see it being ...
This trail was easy to find with the use of the directions on this website but I could see it being nearly impossible with out them.

The trail itself was well used but there were a few fallen trees over it. All were easy to go around.

Once at the lake you are greeted by a beautiful lake FULL of crawfish that you can see from the shore.

There are several decent camp sites too and I would love to make a trip here to camp and have a crawfish boil. :)
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Beaver Lake — Feb 14, 2010 — Bob and Barb
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Washouts | Water on trail
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This was the first of 3 easy hikes we did on this Valentine's Day! The TH is 9 miles from Darrington...
This was the first of 3 easy hikes we did on this Valentine's Day! The TH is 9 miles from Darrington on the Mt Loop HWY. There is no TH sign, but turn right at the arrow beside the HWY and park in a large area off the HWY. (FR22 and the bridge across the White Chuck is on the left side of the HWY.) After about 1/2 mile on the trail there is a small area where the trail was destroyed in the Nov 2006 storms. There is a fallen sign stating, "trail is no longer maintained beyond this sign". The washed out area was easily walked.The trail to the lake is muddy in many areas and the tread is worn in other areas; however, the trail is very doable and very enjoyable until coming to the end at the impassible slide near the Sauk. We may not have made it to the slide itself as we were just beginning to view the river again in an area where there were many trees across the trail. It hardly seemed worth the effort to work our way around the trees when it appeared we were nearing the slide area. There are many old-growth cedars on both sides of the trail after passing the lake. These 2 areas are flagged with pink ribbons which somewhat detract from the beauty of the trees and the lush, green forest understudy of ferns and mosses. There were several blooming skunk cabbage shortly before the bridge which crosses the lake. The hike s 4 miles RT.
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Ashland Lakes, Beaver Lake, Bald Mountain — Oct 30, 2008 — Janice Van Cleve
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Clogged drainage | Mudholes
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The hike along Bare Ridge to Bare Mountain gains at a relatively gentle pace and is snow free at the...
The hike along Bare Ridge to Bare Mountain gains at a relatively gentle pace and is snow free at the moment. However, the 100 Hikes books leave a bit to be desired. First, this trail gets very little traffic and less maintenance. Second, the instructions in the book are confusing at best and wrong in several instances. Let's start by getting there. The sign on the Mountain Loop Highway never mentions Bare Mountain and you have to drive up into the entrance before you see the FS 4020 marker. Look instead for the Ashland Lakes markers. The road is in good shape to the Ashland Lakes trailhead.

The first mile is on abandoned forest road intersected by small ravines until it crosses a bridge. From there it gently rises, using lots of puncheons and turnpikes until it gets to the big rock high point. The book says it drops 500 feet to the Pilchuck River source but that must be a misprint. I'd be surprised if it is 50 feet. From there the trail is rough and overgrown, sometimes obscured. It climbs steadily with no views and there are lots of blowdowns and broken trees. Barbella and I cut as many as we could and tossed them off the trail but there are more than two gals with a corona can handle in one day.

We got to 5.5 miles before turning back. There are no good views or places for lunch along the way, so we bushwacked up to a crown of rocks to get at least a dry place to sit. Could not see any lakes promised in the book and the trail makes no attempt to break out of the forest to overlook the valleys.

We did take side trips to Upper Ashland Lake and Beaver Lake. Both are very close to the main trail and mostly boardwalk. Very easy to reach. We hope next time to approach from the Sultan trailhead and maybe see the Cutthroat Lakes.
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Beaver Lake #356 — Jun 08, 2007 — Craig Romano
Day hike
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Nice little trail in the quiet Loup Loup area. Lake is a pretty spot. Heavily used campsites-go easy...

Nice little trail in the quiet Loup Loup area. Lake is a pretty spot. Heavily used campsites-go easy on this precious little backcountry lake. Trail clear and easy to hike.

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Beaver Lake (#356)
North Cascades -- East Slope
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Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

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