Trip Report    

Day Hike - Lost & Manastash Lakes

A beautiful blue sky day with snow and larches.

  • Road rough but passable
  • The trail is in reasonably good condition considering that motorcyles are allowed here. So some sections are quite rocky. There was snow and ice.

Very small parking lot, but there was only only other car.  A NW forest pass is required, the privvy was not being mantained with toilet paper, but cleaner than most.  We passed a number of hunter camps, but didn't hear any shots all day. It was cold, ten degrees at the start of day. We felt warm at midday when we were in the sun even though it was only supposed to hit a high of 36 degrees.

The larches are starting to lose their needles, but still a pretty sight. We enjoyed hiking in snow. Some wore Microspikes, but those who didn't did fine. The lakes are starting to ice over. Lost Lake made for a beautiful rest stop. Then we hiked as far as the bench on Manastash Lake. As that part of the lake was in the shade, it was too cold to stop for lunch. We went up to the ridge and felt quite warm as we ate and enjoyed the view of the Stuart Range. Then we went in search of the Funny Rocks. It helped that one member of the party had been there before. Overall we had a great group and everyone enjoyed the day.

A group of hikers explore a rock formation.