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Backpack - Lyman Lakes

Lyman Lakes

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9:00 AM at Phelps Creek Trailhead
One of the classic North Cascades backpacking destinations, for a good reason! Lyman Lakes Loop - From Phelps Creek to Spider Meadows, Lyman Lakes, and then exiting through the Buck Creek Drainage. Trip duration is 4 days, 3 nights. We'll start off in the Phelps Creek drainage with great views of Mt Maude and Seven-Fingered Jack, and hike to the beautiful Spider Meadows, then up and over Spider Gap, via the Spider Glacier to the remote Lyman Lakes, where we'll see views of the Lyman Glacier and its calving into the lake. After spending the night by the lakes, we'll head up to Cloudy Pass and Suiattle Pass. Breathtaking views are non-stop on this loop - including the remote and hidden volcanic Glacier Peak. The route back takes us past Fortress Mountain and Buck Peak as we follow the Buck Creek drainage. About 36 miles for the loop, depending on optional side trips up Helmet Butte and others. Weather and time permitting, we'll wander over to Image Lake, famous for its reflective image of Glacier Peak. About 9000 feet gain over 4 days. This is bear country: Bear-proof canisters are mandatory on this trip. I will send regular updates to all those signed-up, advising of any changes to the destination due to unsuitable weather / snow conditions. Leader permission required. Trip is contingent on a minimum of 6 participants. Tim Nair 425-891-8668 tim.nair@comcast.net
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