West Fork Foss River and Lakes
Aug 06, 2011
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: West Fork Foss River and Lakes
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Agency: Skykomish Ranger District
- Trails: West Fork Foss River (#1064)
- Avg Rating: 3.62
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
- Be Aware Of
- Snow on trail
The forest service road leading to the trailhead was in very good shape, with only a few small potholes. At .5 mile into the trail, a detour sign pointed out the way to the temporary log crossing, which is no longer partially submerged in water as indicated in earlier trip reports. Except for a few easily passed under blowdowns, the trail was in good condition all the way to Copper Lake, where most hikers seemed to end their hike.
From Copper Lake, the trail hugs the lakeshore towards the far side of the lake, where there were a couple pretty bad blowdowns which obscured the trail and required some efforts to get over. After Little Heart Lake and near the highest point on the trail, there were a couple steep snowfields which are best crossed with the help of poles or skirted around through boulders below. From there, the trail soon starts to descend and brings you to a bowl at the bottom with a big snowfield, where it took me some time to pick up the trail again. Here you should go straight across the snowfield and the trail is very clear on the other side. After that, the trail was easy to follow despite some snow patches.
Once at Big Heart Lake, it was beautifl and quiet, with only three tents there. I soaked in the views and sun before heading back. The whole trip took me about 8.5 hours.