Cutthroat Lakes (Aug 25, 2018)

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cutthroat_lks_coverConditions: day hike
Gear: nothing special
Map: USGS Mallardy Ridge
Area: Mountain Loop Hwy
Reference: 100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region: The North Cascades
Stats: 4.65mi, 924' gain (round trip)

Just a short report. The weather wasn't looking the best so we picked something close. I've been wanting to head into Cutthroat Lakes for a while so this seemed like a good idea. The forecase called for some smoke and some rain. We mostly got rain (and low clouds). We didn't go all the way to the lakes, I doubt we would have seem much given how dense the clouds were. The light rain was more than light. Soaking wet brush and clothes weren't the most fun. We turned around right before the climb up to the lakes, we found a nice boulder next to the trail that had some cover from the rain where we stopped for lunch.

Lots and lots and LOTS of huckleberries on this trail. Insane amounts of ripe berries. We picked until we ran out of containers. This is also a great frog trail. Lots of wet meadows and so many frogs it would be impossible to count them.

I'd like to return some day when the weather is a wee bit better. Looks like the lake basin may be quite the scenic location.
 
Cutthroat Lakes Slideshow

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