Backpack - Tuck & Robin Lakes & Cathedral Rock Loop

Tuck & Robin Lakes & Cathedral Rock Loop

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6:00 AM at Tibbets Lot, 1675 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA
Although open to all club members over age 18, this trip is also part of the B3 backpacking Building Blocks series and eligible for B3 course graduation credit. In addition, this backpack will have a practical instructional/learning focus and offer experience in proper gear use and camp set-up techniques.

Individuals interested in this trip should email the leader to get approved for participation.

Trip Co-Leader is Linda Kuramoto.

These notes are also on my website at [AlpineRover] Tuck/Robin Lakes & Cathedral Rock Loop – 07-27-2013 to 07-29-2013.

Set in a high granite wonderland, Tuck and Robin Lakes rival the Enchantments when it comes to stunning scenery and pure alpine rapture. Views of the blinding glaciers of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness’ highest peak, Mount Daniel, rising behind shimmering cobalt waters, themselves surrounded by polished granite will forever be etched in your mind. Highlights of this trip also include hiking via Deception Pass by Cathedral Rock to Peggy’s Pond, where we’ll have close-up views of Mount Daniel.

Join us on a 3 day journey in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This is a very strenuous trip, we will take each day at a slow to moderate pace.

  • On Day 1 we will ascend 3700 ft in 7.6 miles to camp at Robin Lakes.
  • On Day 2 we will ascend 1200 ft in 9.9 miles to camp at Peggy’s Pond.
  • On Day 3 we will hike out 5.5 miles to complete our loop back to the Deception Pass TH.


Date Time Trip Mileage Daily Mileage Elevation Gain Total Elevation Gain Hiking Time (hours)
Leave Deception Pass TH 27-Jul 9:30am 0.0
Arrive Robin Lakes 27-Jul 5:30pm 7.6 7.6 3700 3700 8
Depart Robin Lakes 28-Jul 9:00am 7.6
Arrive Peggy's Pond 28-Jul 4:00pm 17.5 9.9 1200 4900 7
Depart Peggy's Pond 29-Jul 9:00am 17.5
Arrive Deception Pass TH 29-Jul 12:00 23.0 5.5 200 5100 3

Special concerns:

  • We are hiking early season at high elevation, so be prepared for patches of snow along our route. Bring foot traction.
  • Trail is extremely steep and rocky, requiring use of hands in spots.
  • Routefinding can be tricky, the way dangerous in bad weather.

Although not required, I recommend using a bear canister. A water filter is also a necessity.

I will facilitate carpool arrangements to our meeting place in Issaquah the week prior to our trip. We may have to arrange pickups at people’s homes to avoid leaving vehicles in P&Rs; over 48 hours. Drivers need NW Forest Pass at trailhead.


  • Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
  • Backpacking Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The Longer Trails, by Jeff Smoot, No. 13 Tuck and Robin Lakes and No. 12 Deception Pass Loop
  • Backpacking Washington: Overnight and Multiday Routes, by Craig Romano, No. 36 Tuck and Robin Lakes
  • Best Loop Hikes Washington, by Dan Nelson and Alan Bauer, No. 45 Cathedral Rock/Deception Pass Loop
Driving Directions From Seattle, take I-90 to Roslyn/Salmon la Sac exit 80. From the exit, drive north 2.8 miles to the State Route 903 junction. Turn left and follow SR 903 through Roslyn and Ronald and along Cle Elum Lake, 16.5 miles to pavement’s end. The road forks here; take the right fork and continue another 12.4 miles on FR 4330 to the Deception Pass trailhead at road’s end. [GPS 47.5444,-121.0976]

To assist members in making carpooling arrangements, contact information including email addresses and phone numbers of all participants will be shared prior to the activity date. If you wish to be excluded from the sharing of carpooling contact information, please contact me by email.

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