|Trail sign in from the trailhead|
|Beargrass in bloom along the trail|
Starting at the Big Lake Campground, the trail soon forks and makes a loop hike out into the Mt. Washington Wilderness. I prefer hiking counter-clockwise, gaining elevation early in the hike, then hitting the lakes before returning to Big Lake. Current conditions include a few downed trees, snow, some flooded areas, and a few mosquitoes.
Highlights include mountain views, old-growth forests and views of Hayrick Butte, a steep-sided butte that resulted from a subglacial volcanic eruption. This type of eruption involves a lava flow originating below a glacier or ice field, melting through to the surface and pooling on the surface to form a flat-topped structure. Called a tuya, Hayrick Butte is about a half-mile wide and 700 feet high.
|Hoodoo and Hayrick Buttes|
Trail distance: around 6.3 miles and 400 feet of elevation gain.