On Sunday I did a day hike north through open meadows and quiet forest on the PCT and then west on the Cady Ridge trail, to the shoulder of Benchmark Mountain, where the dogs napped and I picked blueberries. Dogs are also able to use this trail. on The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. sumtimes hiking ruins my appitite so my person brot freeze-dryed dog dinner to crumble on my kibble which makes it irresistubble. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Pear Lake is one of the Best Places on Earth for blueberries, for peace and quiet, for swimming in a shallow alpine lake, for large open campsites with established fire pits, and for day-hike options. Find a comfortable perch as the sun goes down and watch mountains begin to glow on the horizon. I got back to Pear in time to swing in the hammock and enjoy the sunset as the clouds began to clear out. Find a comfortable perch as the sun goes down and watch mountains begin to glow on the horizon. Much of the area around Pear Lake is fragile meadow of heather and ground blueberry. Then yoo will hike up and down and up and down and up and down and yoo will not be aloud to chase the Big Whistling Kitties (also called marmits) and the pikas (also called chirp-jerbils). Yoo can get attenshun becuz there are peeple called throohikers on this trail hoo haf not seen a dog in months end they are so happee to meet yoo, yoo just wag yor tail end they treet yoo like royalty. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. White stone outcroppings are revealed on the now open summit of Shoofly to your right and to your left, peer through inky spines to spot mountain peaks as far south as Mount Rainier. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. But dont do that it wood be rong. So pick a promising day and get an early start to enjoy this gorgeous place. 4,526 m black diamond singletrack trail. Soon, meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail at 4575 feet, 5.8 miles from the trailhead. We got to eat lots uv foods on this trip! Tucking back into hemlock and Douglas-fir, a small saddle offers refuge. It will look like a steep side trail down but keep walking past the ope area, and you will soon find an easier path back to it. Length 4 miElevation gain 1181 ftRoute type Out & back Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching running Forest Lake Views It's a great hike. Drive less than a half mile, and turn right onto FR 6701. I have hiked on this trail twice, the last time, staying overnight at Pear Lake. After your highpoint of 5200 feet, the trail skirts 1 mile around to the south on a subalpine meadow filled with verdant shades of waist-high ferns, corn lily and mountain ash. This is a perfect place to go if you like to: sleep in the sun, play in the water, walk on the trails, stick yor nose in beehives, forage for berries, drink from delicious streems, and get pets and scratches from peeple. An ascent of 175 feet for a half mile towards Fall Mountain brings you to a panoramic viewpoint across the Little Wenatchee River Valley. Take a moment to enjoy the line-up of poet-inspired peaks to the north: Irving, Poe, Whittier, Longfellow and Bryant and the Wenatchee Ridge and barren Labyrinth, Howard and Rock Mountains to the southeast. Top Lake may fall short of grandeur but makes up for it in surrounding blueberry-rich meadow. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. But if you are not in shape, then don't try it. From Leavenworth, you'll head west on Highway 2 for 15 miles to the same spot. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. The Top Lake trail up and over Fall Mountain is something your knees and lungs will remember, particularly if you have a full overnight pack. Make a right .1 mile later at the Lodgepole Trail junction to continue on the Lakes Trail. The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Climbing into a stark granite landscape studded with glacially-formed lakes, the Pear Lake Trail offers some real alpine scenery that’s only about four miles from the Wolverton trailhead. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Heather Lake, Emerald Lake, and Pear Lake Trail via Watchtower and Pear Lake Trails is a 11.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. If you're camping, be sure to pick a durable surface of soil or dry grass and camp 200 feet away from water when choosing your campsite. From here, you’ll climb nearly 1,000 feet along Wolverton Creek and a million-year-old moraine deposited by the Tokopah Glacier. It's a great hike. I give Pear Lake 4 paws up for enny dog. The hike to Pear Lake begins from the fairly remote Finch Lake Trailhead in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. The main trail continues to climb up to Pear Lake, crossing the most barren, rocky landscape of the hike. Must Hike Must Eat WTA Member 300 Hiked Aug 22, 2019. Contact Us. Don’t forget your headlamp for the trip back down to your campsite! Pretty please. For overnight, you'll need to get a permit but there are beautiful camping spots available at both Emerald Lake and Pear Lake. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy will set traps and continue to use CDC cleaning procedures when rodents or rodent droppings are detected, however the Sequoia Parks Conservancy cannot guarantee that the hut is HPS-free. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/the-lakes-trail It can get windy and buggy, but you take your lumps when you have the opportunity to spend time somewhere this beautiful. It’s a 6.5 mile, demanding hike through some of the best wildflower country in Rocky Mountain National Park. I decided to leave Top Lake to Yogi and continued on to Pear, where I set up my tent with 5 or 6 thru-hikers already camped out in the large spot at the PCT end of the lake. PCT - Stevens Pass to Pear Lake, Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak, Top Lake & West Cady Ridge to Benchmark Mountain. Once used as a reservoir, Pear Lake has been successfully restored to its natural state: Yoo might smell something huge and harry and full of berries that is NOT a saskwach but a BEAR but yoo are not allowed to chase this eether but yoo will want to so pleese ware a leash. Take a minute to observe below in the Lake Creek drainage and you may see a sauntering black bear grazing on a midday snack. Admittedly it’s a somewhat challenging four miles, but this is still the most popular high country hike in … ****PLEASE OBEY THE PARK RULES! Getting there was easy, although I would recommend staying on 207 ('Lake Wenatchee Hwy') rather than veering left on North Shore Drive, which is a slower road and reconnects with 207 before you get to FR 65. Families can still enjoy the California Sierra backcountry without having to hike long distances. An aptly-named alpine gem, Pear Lake nestles below Fortune Mountain and can be reached by combining the Top Lake Trail with a short jaunt north on the Pacific Crest Trail. It's a great hike. The fire burned 160 acres of the upper drainage of the Little Wenatchee River and was one of a series of hard-to-fight wildfires that year due to steep, difficult terrain. I headed up from the Smithbrook TH to scout my adopted section of the PCT from Janus to Pear Lake for trail work in a few weeks to see what we would be dealing with this year. Fishermen love this lake for fishing! The Meadow Creek trail (off the Beckler River Road) is 2 miles longer and doesn't provide the great peak views, but it does provide ample switchbacks, making for a gentler and less desperate trek than this one. .. I’ll find out tomorrow! For the privy, head back up the trail and a sign on a tree will be marked for the toilet where a boot path climbs up to the left next to a table-sized rock. WTA Pro Tip: The best vantage point for viewing the entirety of the fruit-shaped Pear Lake is to continue past the lake and up the sweeping switchbacks on the Meadow Creek Trail. Trip Report. Luckily, you're only hiking a brief 0.7 mile on it. Pear Lake hiking trail in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 … Beautiful Pear Lake, a 1.1 miles past Emerald, is set amid a world of glacial polished granite slabs and cliffs framed by Alta Peak to the south. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Pear lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the southern Wild Basin region of Rocky Mountain National Park. The lake is a classic tarn, set in a distinctive glacially-carved granite bowl or cirque. So pick a promising day and get an early start to enjoy this gorgeous place. The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike. The hike itself isn't as stunning as some I've done - although the views of Mount Meeker, Pagoda Mountain, and the back of Longs are incredible for a short stretch of the trail - but Pear Lake itself, and the campsite, are probably the best destination I've seen in Rocky Mountain National Park. Hike by WTA Correspondents: on You will hear water down below the trail but it runs inaccessibly beneath the lichen-spotted boulders. The hike starts at the Crestline Trailhead, and wanders through a recovering burn area en route to the lake. The trail is faint and easy to lose and the partially treed summit offers little more than a view of Glacier Peak in addition to peaks you have already spied. Day one From the trailhead at the end of Wolverton Road, ascend concrete steps to the well-signed Lakes Trail, heading north. Heather Lake, Emerald Lake, and Pear Lake Trail via Watchtower and Pear Lake Trails is a 11.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail rises gently over a knob and then drops steeply down 575 feet to the shore of Top Lake in a half mile on a direct fall line absent of switchbacks. Also if they are not wokking it is becuz they are eeting sumthing so there is food. There are plenty of windflowers, granite outcroppings, and open views along the way. The trail levels out briefly in another 0.6 miles and 4200 feet at a deep but low-flowing creek bed, stumps in an open campsite offer a seat before ascending a little more than 400 feet in elevation on a set of switchbacks. Road 6701 is definitely suitable for all vehicles but has some depressions/potholes in a few places along with some washboarding. Go Hiking Trip Reports PCT - Stevens Pass to Pear Lake, Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak, Top Lake, West Cady Ridge to Benchmark Mountain. Route: Top Lake TH to Top Lake and Pear Lake. Bring a Rocky Mountain National Park pass or money to contribute to park entrance fees. Uneven rocks on trail, consistent elevation climb, etc. But if you are not in shape, then don't try it. Seattle, WA 98104. But those of us who hit the trail on a regular basis often do it more for our mental health. The trail also goes past Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 … The hike to Pear Lake begins from the fairly remote Finch Lake Trailhead in the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park, located near the small communities of Meeker Park and Allenspark. Length 12.7 mi … Nevermjnd! Shannon Leader. The lakeshore sees quite a bit of traffic and there are, unfortunately, multiple social trails so be sure to mind your step so as to protect the vegetation. So pick a promising day and get an early start to enjoy this gorgeous place. Family Backpacking: Pear Lake is a great location to experience a more “challenging” family backpacking trek with a few “car camping” touches as in pit toilets and designated bear vaults. It's a little tough. Uneven rocks on trail, consistent elevation climb, etc. North on PCT 2 miles then back to Top Lake TH. After passing Finch Lake, the trail makes its way to the higher, Pear Lake where Copeland Mountain appears to shoot straight from its shores into the sky. Does FR 65 have another name? Additionally, bring money to chip in for gas for the driver. It's a little tough. When coworkers ask if I’m hiking over the weekend I frequently respond, “of course, time to go hike off some crazy!” I laugh when I say it, but I couldn’t be more serious. 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