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Day Hike - Leaders Choice

Leaders Choice

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7:00 AM at Green Lake 65th Street P&R; Seattle
Round trip miles: up to 13. Elevation gain: up to 1800 feet total; 800 feet in; 1000 feet out. Forest Service parking pass required. Maps: GT 270 & 271. This hike will start near Tipsoo Lake at the Chinook Pass summit on the east side Mt. Rainier NP, and proceed south along the Pacific Crest Trail in the William O. Douglas Wilderness to American Lake. There will be some nice of Mt. Rainier and east down the American River valley, and also peaks of the William O. Douglas Wilderness. We will pass Dewey and Anderson Lakes along the way. This is one of the areas that the late US Supreme Court Justice that the wilderness is named after frequented much. The latter portions of the hike after the first (Dewey) lake are reported to contain huge and enormous expanses of huckleberry meadows. Besides enjoying the views and nice weather, we will be partaking in the huckleberries. We will hike at a moderate pace, but will stop to eat and collect berries if they are worthy. If the berries are good enough we may opt to trim the distance of the hike some and pick berries instead. I am hoping this will be a berry good hike!
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