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Lake George

Jun 10, 2009

by Riri last modified Jun 11, 2009 01:10 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Lake George
Region: Mt. Rainier -- SE - Longmire / Paradise
Avg Rating: 2.00
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Snow on trail
Some friends had told us the West Side Road in Mt. Rainier NP was open, so we took our mountain bikes in for a day of biking and hiking. Drove 3 miles on West Side Road to the locked gate, then parked and clipped into our bikes. Large patches of snow on the road in several places forced us to carry our rides, and we had to cross Fish Creek the same way.

Once we got to the other side, we hit a few more patches of snow early on, but pretty much were able to ride an uninterrupted 3 miles on the steadily uphill, well-packed gravel road. Between miles 2.9 and 3.4, we met up with quite a bit of slushy snow, so it was back to trudging uphill pushing our bikes by hand. Then from miles 3.4 to 4, there was more great riding and no snow. At Round Pass, the trailhead area is covered in about 18" of snow.

We locked our bikes at the rack and hiked the trail up to Lake George, a short 1 mile walk to the still mostly frozen lake. The trail is snowbound much of the way, so you do need to keep your bearings. We got a little ways off the trail as we neared the lake, but the ranger station was easy to spot on our left, so we hiked down to the shelter and ate lunch. Low clouds, obscured views, and snow on the trails, caused us to give up trying for Gobbler's Knob.

Estimate the snow level is at around 4200 ft right now on this part of the mountain. Too early in the season still for decent hiking. Oh well...at least bombing downhill on our bikes on the return trip made all the snow trudging and bike-toting worthwhile.
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