Miles: 7.7 Miles
Elevation Gain: 1455 ft
My Hiking Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
I decided to start a new tradition and work off some Christmas eve dinner before I fattened myself. Needing a place near by (cant be late to dinner) I went with another one of the easily accessible Chuckanut mountain trails, the Madrone Crest.
There are a variety of ways that the terminus of this trail can be reached and not all are created equal. For this day I felt that a loop would be best. This way I could experience more than one trail and keep the scenery fresh.
The loop I used was to take the North Lost lake trail until it meets with Salal trail eventually meeting with the Madrone Crest trail. On the return trip I then took the Salal trail to get back to the trail head.
This trail is just what you would expect from the Chuckanuts. Very wooded but filled with freeway noise. The trail (road) was fairly muddy but nothing out of the norm for Washington in December. The Madrone Crest itself has a nice opening where, provided the sky isn't foggy, there should be an excellent view of Baker and the Sisters as there is a wide opening in the trees facing east.
An enjoyable day considering the time restraint I was under but it left me desiring something more. Luckily snow has been falling near Baker and soon snowshoeing season can begin.
Take I-5 Exit 250 and follow Old Fairhaven Parkway / SR 11 west 1.3 miles to 12th Street. Turn Left and follow Chuckanut Drive / SR11 south 1.5 miles to trailhead parking area on the left.
Miles: 8 Roundtrip
Permits: Northwest Forest Pass for trail head / possible camping permits depending where you stay
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft
My Hiking Time: 3 hrs (plus one hour for lunch and lengthy picture stops)
Even on a Gray northwest day the view from the pass was well enjoyed while snacking on some protein bars and taking a drink or two of water. The only thing that was disappointing was my inability to photograph very much at the pass. Just as I was arriving some rain rolled in and covered most of the mountains in a thick fog. I will have to take a few more photos when I visit near by copper ridge later this summer.
* If you want to make this an over night trip there are several camping areas that along the trail, but they each have different permit regulations.
The first camp is Hannegan camp ( about 1/2 mile before Hannegan pass)
The second camp is Boundary camp (about 1 mile past Hannegan pass)
*****After reaching forest road 32 go 1.3 miles and take the left fork. go another 5.5 miles until you reach the end of the road at Hannegan campground.
Permits: Discover Pass Required
Elevation Gain: 1300 ft
My Hiking Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
After heading back to school this past two weeks I decided it was time to get a little hiking in, so I drove down highway 11 looking for an easy day out.
The trail to lost lake begins on a service road, and while that didn't sound super appealing at first, the trail itself has a nice secluded feel to it. After about one mile the road splits in two, head left to continue on, following the sign for fragrance lake. Quickly after the fork, at about 1.5 miles from the trail head, a small waterfall comes into view, providing the perfect opportunity to stop for a drink of water and some pictures.
Leaving the waterfall, the trail continues its steady climb on the service road for about another 0.7 miles before reaching the junction with the Lost Lake Trail. Head right at this point to continue on towards the lake. From here the trail becomes more trail than road as it starts to leave behind that sense of civilization.
After climbing for about another mile or so the trail begins to lose elevation as it approaches the shores of the lake. Once at the bottom of the hill there are two trails with two wooden poles and no signs. Go to the right to get to the lake.
After arriving at the lake, I was disappointed that there was little to no shore area where I could sit and heat up some cocoa. So naturally I decided to explore the banks and see what I could find.
If you continue to the left as you approach the lake and follow the path up the ridge, it leads to a fairly large open area with an excellent view of the lake in both directions (see picture on right). Enjoying the view I sat down to indulge in a Clif bar and soak up the view.
Just as I was leaving the fog started to roll back in over the lake and a large crowd was coming down the hill. Seems like I timed it perfectly today.
From I-5 Take exit 250 and turn onto Old Fairhaven Parkway. Left if coming north right if headed south. Follow Old Fairhaven parkway for about 1 mile then turn left at the light onto 12th street. Take a slight left at the next light to stay on Chuckanut Drive/ Highway 11 and follow for approximately 5.5 miles. The trail head parking lot will be on your left.
My name is Abrahm and I am a college student, and outdoor enthusiast . I spend much of my free time wandering through and photographing the great Pacific Northwest state of Washington.