Miles: 2.2 For An Out and Back Elevation Gain: 800 ft Hiking time: 45 minutes Section 2 Rating: 4 / 4
*This trail can be made into a large loop by continuing on trail #211 (Lakes Trail). After 3.9 miles turn onto trail #230. After 1.8 Miles continue to follow trail #230 east for another 2.3 miles. Then Follow trail #1 north for about 5.8 miles until it meets up with the lakes trail again near Norway Pass.
Mt Adams shrouded in forest fire smoke
The second day was an easy walk uphill from Panhandle lake camps. We quickly reached the shovel lake turn off and after no time at all we were at the Whittier ridge cut off.
This part of the Lakes trail also had its own exceptional views of Mt. Adams, which was slightly covered in forest fire smoke.
Shovel lake was big and made the Whittier ridge behind it seem painted. The lake looked like it would make for some excellent camping and would have been my second choice to Panhandle lake. It does not have as much shelter and the shape of the bowl makes the sun disappear quickly
We saw snow lake from the climb up the ridge and it looked unimpressive at best. However, due to taking the difficult Whittier ridge scramble route I know very little about the rest of the possible loop this trail can make