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||On I-90, take the Hyak exit 54, go
under I-90 and follow the gravel road around until you get to the gate,
then walk down the gated road and you will see the sign to the lakes.
|| Strenuous only the last accent to the lake
||2000 ft elevation gain
||11+ Miles Roundtrip
||6 out of 10
||great, big mountains surrounding it
||Printable Topo Map
Alaska Lake is well worth a weekend visit. This adventure starts of walking down a gated
gravel road then it leads you into the trees for most of the trip. It is
a nice stroll, the evergreens smelled ever so pleasant in the morning fog.
After a few miles you hit the creek, not too big but too big
to jump over. Look around for a fallen log or do as most decide to--take
off your shoes and socks and walk fast because this water is liquid snow.
There will be a couple more small creeks to cross but you can jump over
This trail is easy until you get to the junction of Joe Lake
and Alaska Lake. I chose to go to Alaska Lake, it is straight up through the alder
trees. Just plain miserable when the trees are wet. Take a couple of breaks
because it does not get any easier until you crest the top and see the
lake--nothing like bushwhacking in
I was the only one who crossed the creek down below this weekend
so I had the lake to myself (I met several parties giving up at the creek
crossing on Sunday morning, they could not believe I would walk through the
freezing cold calf deep water).
I spent the afternoon collecting wood for
that evenings fire and I spent the rest of the day reading God's word and soaking
in all the beauty. I believe that Kendal's Catwalk is just above Alaska Lake,
the huge boulder field was home to a family of mountain goats. I heard the
rocks falling and had to go and investigate--goats.
Fishing-- put it this way, every time you finished reeling
in the line you had to break the ice of the eyelets so you could cast out.
I did not have any luck with catching but the fishing was an experience I
Do it again? Any time I have a chance
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