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Watson Lake #611

Sep 01, 2008

by CJ last modified Sep 30, 2010 10:58 AM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Anderson and Watson Lakes
Region: North Cascades -- West Slope
Agency: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Mount Baker District
Trails: Anderson and Watson Lakes (#611)
Avg Rating: 3.67
Be Aware Of
Mudholes
Mud/Rockslide
Water on trail
Bugs
Gorgeous Lake Views

A few updates to the trail posting on the WTA site. First, important to note that the 10 miles from the Baker Lake turn off is all gravel road and can be very bumpy. In increment weather, this can be important. (use the great bathrooms at the turnoff!) It took us 40 minutes to climb in our truck to the trailhead.

Next, and just as important, this is NOT an easy hike. The sign at the trailhead posts this as a ""difficult"" hike. I would say it is between moderate and difficult. Today it was more difficult because there is so much mud on the trail. The first 1 1/2 miles are all uphill with many switchbacks. Probably a 600' gain. The a downhill slope and a blessed beautiful open meadow are the frosting on the cake after the climb.

After the meadow, it is back into the forest and more traversing until you see those glorious lakes that you hiked to see. Amazingly beautiful and so worth the hike. With a 15 minute lunch stop, this trip took us 4 hours.

Additional pointers, August 1 - October is bear hunting season. We did encounter hunters at the trailhead and promptly donned our orange vests and did make noise on the trail :-)

There were several people hiking out as we were hiking in who let us know the trail condition and how much further we had to go. Rest assured, I would highly recommend this hike, but alos want people to be aware of the difficulty which is definitely NOT easy. MOderate, at least.

You can see from our pics that this is a gorgeous setting. There are lots of built up wood trails but we also traversed running streams, blown down trees, etc. Also the temperature is about 15 degrees lower than at the turn off, so today was a 65 degree day at the bottom but 50 degrees at trail head.

Mud, mud and more mud
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