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Strenuous Hike - West Fork Foss River and Lakes - Skykomish

PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION IN ITS ENTIRETY AND THE ACCOMPANYING LINKS SO SEE IF THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE BEFORE YOU RSVP.

This is a rugged trail, so be prepared with great boots/hiking poles.

Statistics 

 Roundtrip 13.0 miles (if we go all the way)

Elevation Gain 3700 ft

Highest Point 4900 ft 

Features  Rivers Lakes Old growth Established campsites

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/foss-lakes

Tucked in tight folds, big basins, and rocky cirques high above the West Fork Foss River are a bevy of big, beautiful alpine lakes-one of the highest concentrations of alpine lakes in the entire Alpine Lakes Wilderness, actually. You can spend days here, and many do, but day hiking to several of these aquatic gems isn't out of the question. Just prepare for a tough slog over rough terrain. And prepare for some of the finest alpine scenery this side of Stevens Pass.

http://www.lemarts.com/2/post/2013/07/west-fork-foss-river-lakes.html



GROUP HIKING
Hiking with a group is very different from hiking as an individual. Each hiker has a responsibility to the group, as the group has a responsibility to each hiker. Participants  should plan to stay with the group for the duration of the hike.


CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Dress for the Pacific Northwest out-of-doors: expect rain, snow, sunshine, fog and everything between.

Yak Trax or Microspikes may be Manditory on this hike.  Please make sure you bring a pair along with you.  Winter has started in the mountains and can make for slippery conditions

HIKER ESSENTIALS
You Should Have:
BACK PACK WITH
FOOD, WATER,
EXTRA CLOTHING,
RAINGEAR,
FLASHLIGHT, MATCHES,
HIKING BOOTS OR HIKING SHOES,
MAP & COMPASS, FIRST AID KIT,
EMERGENCY SHELTER


Extra clothes, at minimum, should include a warm hat, gloves and a warm shirt/top. Cotton is not advised. Synthetic materials such as fleece and wool are better alternatives.
Some circumstances could require you to spend the night outside.
Being prepared is for your safety and the safety of the group.

Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike and have their owner present. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others

Basically, the closer in and more popular the hike and bigger the group the more insistent I am that dogs remain on leash. You should come expecting to have your dog leashed at all times.

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  • Kathy L.

    Beautiful trail running alongside a river, with a few wonderful, huge old trees. Made it to the first lake (Trout Lake) easily enough but just before we had finished with the hard stuff and made it to the second lake the lightning and thunder started (a few hours earlier than I was expecting) so, being cautious, we headed back down and found one of those wonderful old trees to hunker down under as the skies opened and the rain and hail pelted down. We stayed nice and dry, ate lunch and when it was all done we headed back down. Got to go with the flow sometimes, even if it means not making your original destination. Great to be out in the wild with a lot of other people.

    August 2, 2014

  • Vanessa

    Dan and I will likely not do the entire 13 miles...let me know if that is a problem and I'll sign out with no hard feelings. Don't want to be a nuisance!

    July 20, 2014

    • Kathy L.

      Not sure we will do the whole thing either. We will play it by the balls of our feet and time and weather.

      July 20, 2014

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