Mirror Lake & Tinkham Peak


Backpack - Mirror Lake & Tinkham Peak

Relatively easy backpack to Mirror Lake, set up camp, summit Tinkham, and explore southbound on the PCT over the course of two days. Return home Tuesday prior to rush hour traffic. I did add a second day hike for Tuesday=in the same area, but if that doesn't work for people, we can just plan on leisurely hiking out Tuesday morning.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft

Meet 9 a.m. at a Park and Ride off 405 or I-90 = whichever is most convenient for the greatest number of people.  I live in Bothell.  We can leave one car at my house if anyone lives near me.  I have been driving for a lot of activities so it would be nice to ride this time.  **Update 6/29:  No-one has signed up so I may try to get some friends to do another activity or post to meetup and cancel this if no-one has signed up by July 4.**

Tinkham is basically a bootpath but nothing technical according to reports.  The rest is all trail and should be in reasonably good shape.  The road to the parking area is a bit rough, but we will park below the worst section of road and walk that road to the trailhead.  I was there last year in mid June, and it was snowed in from Cottonwood Lake so we gave up on the trip and camped in snow at Cottonwood.  I had a little shih tzu who can't do deep snow.


I have done the PCT north from the lake so am most interested in going south.


Mirror Lake & Tinkham Peak

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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