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Heather Lake Snowshoe, Big Four Ice Caves, Coal Lake, Elliott Creek, Lake Twentytwo - Lake 22 — Mar 30, 2014 — BigKoz
Day hike
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WARNING!!!!! Car Break ins. Early 80's Red Ford Ranger with white pin stripe on side. 6 foot tall ,...
WARNING!!!!! Car Break ins. Early 80's Red Ford Ranger with white pin stripe on side. 6 foot tall , husky, blond man early to mid 20's with short scruff beard. He robbed 8-10 cars around noon 3/30/14. he is suspected in other break ins on mount-loop trail heads according to police. Get the word out. we saw him right before we left trail head and then speed out of parking lot. If we would have known a vehicle description, I would have stuck around or run him off. Help Keep Our Trail Heads Safe.
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Independence and North Lakes, Coal Lake — Sep 23, 2011 — Mike
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: Overgrown | Mudholes | Water on trail | Bugs
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I got to the trailhead at 8:00 am. DO NOT get confused as to where the parking for this trail starts...
I got to the trailhead at 8:00 am. DO NOT get confused as to where the parking for this trail starts. Take forest road 4060 off the Mountain Loop Highway outside of Granite Falls. This road is across the street from The Four Ice Caves Trail Parking. The forest road is about 4.8 miles to the trail head. The first parking you will come to is for Coal Lake so proceed past it to the end of the road and you will be at Independence and North Lake Trail Head. Coal Lake Trail is very short but has spectacular views of Coal Lake so check it out while you are there. I was planning this hike for awhile but waited because the trip reports kept saying the lake was frozen over. That is not the case now. Just a little snow along side of the trail. None on any part of the trail. This was hike 38 of 50 planned at age 50 for me this year. You will come to Independence Lake in about 1.5 miles and the trail heads off around the left side of the lake. When you get to the other end you will see a "Y" in the trail. Take the right one with the blue ribbon tied to the shrubs. The trail will quickly start climbing thru lots of switch backs up to North Lake. Lots of flowers still in bloom on this trail. There is some great views of Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan and White Horse Mountain near the top, you just need to take a small boot trail off to the left before as you cross over the ridge. I did not make it to North Lake I actually made it to a tarn below North Lake. Check out Muktowns Trail report and picture of North Lake for better directions. Thanks Muktown for the update and information to North Lake, its disappointing to have missed the lake. I am heading back up there to find the true North Lake.The picture looks spectacular in Muktowns Trail Report. Check out videos of this trail and others I have done in Washington on my Youtube Channel at lmm3181. Here are direct links which are safe to click on.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFO-6PZJ_3c
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JGcLYq2o64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuBuOh2KxV0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9luZz5MDISs
As always enjoy your hiking and get out and see this beautiful state and what it has to offer.
Take Care
Mike
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Coal Lake — Sep 13, 2011 — geothermal
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming | Ripe berries
Issues: Blowdowns | Bugs
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Road is good dirt and gravel with only 5 potholes that I saw on the way to the trail head. Trail hea...
Road is good dirt and gravel with only 5 potholes that I saw on the way to the trail head. Trail head is about 4 miles or so from highway. Going on a Tuesday, we were the first people there probably. But I saw about 7 beer cans and evidence of two weekend campfires. There is also a canoe there that has been crushed in half by a falling tree. (Probably last year.) We ate some blue berries on the trail, but could not make it around the lake due to trees down and thick brush. We went halfway around the lake in both directions before stopping. Canoe or kayak could easily explore the lake better. Many flowers on the drive up. Parked by the bathroom at the trail head and a few cars came later. Some parts are easy hike and others are very rocky. Some mosquitoes and gnats at the first part of the lake, but around the rocky side of the lake there was a breeze, so no bugs at all. We picked up some of the cans we could reach and admired the quiet and trees. (^:=
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Heather Lake, Mount Dickerman, Mount Pilchuck, Goat Lake, Boardman Lake, Coal Lake, Big Four Ice Caves, Ashland Lakes, Monte Cristo #143 — Aug 29, 2011 — ForestPatrolDeputy
Day hike
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Vehicle break-ins are occurring on an irregular basis,coinciding with the presence of valuables (ca...
 Vehicle break-ins are occurring on an irregular basis,coinciding with the presence of valuables (car stereos with their removable face-plates in them,GPS units and Satelite Radios on the dash on console,binoculars,high-end sunglasses,garage door openers (along with your registration makes for easy home access at a later time)wallets,purses,and other bags with enclosed,unknown contents (put the contents out where they can be seen if they cannot be completely locked in the trunk (not a vehicle with a retractable or roll-top type trunk lid. With a flashlight it is very easy to see items stored inside through the cracks/openings around the edges of them.

BRING ONLY THOSE ITEMS WITH YOU THAT YOU INTEND TO PACK WITH YOU ON YOUR HIKE! LEAVE THE REST AT HOME FOR THE DAY.

4-Day weekends (LABOR DAY THIS COMING WEEKEND) and sunny days attract more of the criminal types.

Follow the above suggestions and you WILL have a safe, and care-free day in the
forest.

Enjoy you outing and visit us again soon.


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Coal Lake — Jul 23, 2011 — Loaris
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bugs
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Just a quick note to let everyone know that the road is open and you can drive all the way to the la...
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the road is open and you can drive all the way to the lake. Pit toilet at lake is nice and clean. BUGS!! Many bugs at this lake. Suggest going to the far side of the lake. Not as many bugs over there.
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Coal Lake (#632)
North Cascades -- Mountain Loop Highway

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