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    Jon Mansen reviewed Tuck and Robin Lakes

    3 months ago

    One of my two favorite backpacking destinations. Easy hike past Hyas Lake for the first 3 Miles, then soon after the right turn at the T towards Tuck and Robin, the trail gets relentlessly steep. Trekking poles really help. The trail around Tuck toward Robin is confusing for about a mile, but the AllTrails map helped big time. Cairns help mark the rest of the way up the slabs of rock toward Robin Lakes. The last push is challenging with heavy packs, but the view of Robin Lakes and their surroundings is truly breathtaking. Rainier and Adams were crystal clear in the background, with Cathedral Rock and Mt. Daniel boldly dominating the foreground behind lower Robin Lake. Nights get very cold and windy this time of year so make sure to bring adequate layers. I didn’t, but thankfully my sleeping bag compensated for me being a dunce. Saw 3 mountain goats near our tent on Sunday (9/2) morning. Leave time to take the trail between upper and lower Robin up to the peaks above for dazzling views of lower Robin lake especially, surrounded by miles and miles of cascades. Delighted to see Mt Stuart peaking out once we were up there as well. Couldn’t have asked for better weather during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Soak in the beauty and let it refresh you. I wish I could remember the ranger’s name during our stay at Robin. He was a delightful and friendly man with a game winning smile. Extra kudos to that great guy.

    Jon Mansen completed Tuck and Robin Lakes

    3 months ago

    Jon Mansen reviewed Gothic Basin Trail

    5 months ago

    One of my favorite backpacking destinations in the Northwest. We went up mid August 2017. The 17 or so switchbacks about 1/2-2/3 of the way up were quite grueling. Especially after accidentally hiking Barlow pass before Gothic basin, due to trailhead confusion. We woke up to incoming rain and high winds after a sunny previous day — be prepared for quick weather changes. The sight at and around Gothic basin was absolutely stunning. There is a certain dark beauty about the whole place, especially as the clouds roll in quickly. Highly, highly recommend this spot in late summer!

    Jon Mansen saved Gem Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Jon Mansen saved Snow Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    Jon Mansen saved Walt Bailey Trail

    5 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Annette Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Lake 22 Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Malachite Lake

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Pratt Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Rachel Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Goat Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Lower Tuscohatchie Lake

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen completed Gothic Basin Trail

    6 months ago

    Jon Mansen reviewed Lila Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Hiking through meadows above Rachel and ascending the ridge to see Lila for the first time was one of the most magical moments I have ever experienced. The July (2017) sun warmed up the small lake nicely for refreshing and surprisingly comfortable swims. Couldn’t recommend it more highly.

    Jon Mansen completed Lila Lake Trail

    7 months ago