Sprite Lake,Paddy Go Easy Pass #1595.1
Sep 28, 2001
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Paddy-Go-Easy Pass
- Region: Snoqualmie Pass -- Snoqualmie Pass
- Agency: Cle Elum Ranger District
- Trails: Paddy Go Easy Pass (#1595.1)
- Avg Rating: 3.14
What a gorgeous weekend; the dreamy weather continues and Sprite was a great place to enjoy it. It seems going south was a good idea because looking down French Creek drainage we could see the NE range getting hosed not more than 20 miles away on Saturday. Sprite suffered cloudiness for only 6 hours.
The trail is in good order for most of the way with some stretches badly eroded. My estimate is that the trail distance is closer to 3.5 miles to the pass. I was unable to find the upper portion of mine trail that the 100 hikes book refers to.
Sprite Lake offers gardens of yellow rock, views of The Cradle just across valley, Cashmere Mtn, intriguing mine ruins, and moderately used camps. The air shaft to the Leland mine can be found above the lake. The sizeable workings of another mine, as well as cabin ruins, can be found off a spur trail just a bit more than a half mile from the pass on the west side. From the ridges, views of Tahoma, Glacier, and Daniel can be had. The rocks in this area, as well as Cradle lake and Lake Ann, yield layers of soapstone or talc. Interesting geology as I am sure the miners appreciated to distraction.