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||Head on over to Mazama, WA on the North Cascades Hwy 20,
head northwest out of Mazama towards Harts Pass, at Harts Pass turn right
and head for the lookout station at the top.
||3000+ elevation gain
||18+ Miles roundtrip
||9 out of 10
||Printable Topo Map
Freds Lake is well worth a week long visit. There are nice
campsites at the lake.
This was a trip different than most: we had hired Early Winters
Outfitting to pack us in on horseback into Freds Lake. It turned out to be
a great way to travel.
We went in September, we were taken into Freds Lake gear and all on
horseback then dropped off- they came back 10 days later to pick us up
and take us back out. It was truly a great experience. They provided us
with a large canvas wall tent (no floor) and a great little wood burning
stove, other than that we only had the stuff we brought along. We did not
skimp we had a bag of potatoes hamburger, steak, etc.
We explored the
numerous hiking/game trails in the area finding some black bears and mule deer and
a few other lakes. We could have easily spent more time out there, there
is so much to see and enjoy.
Our trip started out in beautiful weather then as the week progressed
it turned from sun to rain to snow.
After getting out of the backcountry we spent one night in Meadows
Campground, just down the road from Harts Pass, it snowed like crazy
Fishing-- The fishing is awesome, the shorelines are pretty easily
fished. We forgot out fishing poles so we improvised: we took about 150
feet of string tied our lure to some fishing line we had found in the
trees and one guy would walk around the lake until we ran out of string
then throw the lure into the lake and the other guy would start pulling in
the string-and we did catch a fish like this.
Do it again? Yes
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