But if you are not in shape, then don't try it. In winter, the Pear Lake Ranger Station doubles as a refuge for backcountry skiers, riders and snowshoers. It's a little tough. Rest briefly at a saddle and look out to the north where majestic Glacier Peak stands on a clear day and then snake steeply once more up the crest to reach the intersection with the Meadow Creek Trail (4900 feet). Go Hiking Trip Reports PCT - Stevens Pass to Pear Lake, Lake Janus and Grizzly Peak, Top Lake, West Cady Ridge to Benchmark Mountain. 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. If you find the first campsite full with weary PCT hikers, the Meadow Creek Trail continues around the lake, gaining a scant bit of elevation as the bank steepens and then dropping again for more solitude in the northwest corner and another large campsite and privy. Additionally, bring money to chip in for gas for the driver. Expect this demure lake to be full on a warm Saturday night in the summer with families, laughter and the less-pleasant blood-sucking mosquitos. But if you are not in shape, then don't try it. Luckily, you're only hiking a brief 0.7 mile on it. 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. From Leavenworth, you'll head west on Highway 2 for 15 miles to the same spot. Thanks! A few remaining patches of ashen trees dot the outslope before leaving the burn area entirely. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 … Pear Lake hiking trail in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness, Colorado. 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 lake is a classic tarn, set in a distinctive glacially-carved granite bowl or cirque. 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. Hike past three stunning alpine lakes and take in expansive granite views before reaching your prize, Pear Lake. Beard lichen drapes from boughs above and pinecones crunch under your feet as you wander below the forest canopy. Rounding the lake on the northwest side, there is a campsite tucked up in the trees before the privy and a large area of durable surface closer to the lakeshore on the left. Go there now. Road 6701 is definitely suitable for all vehicles but has some depressions/potholes in a few places along with some washboarding. 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. 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. 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. Sep 21, 2019 12:51 AM. It can get windy and buggy, but you take your lumps when you have the opportunity to spend time somewhere this beautiful. 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. Fishermen love this lake for fishing! celebrating 45 at Pear Lake. ****PLEASE OBEY THE PARK RULES! North on PCT 2 miles then back to Top Lake TH. Don’t forget your headlamp for the trip back down to your campsite! I got back to Pear in time to swing in the hammock and enjoy the sunset as the clouds began to clear out. Your traverse through the sooty trail lasts .8 miles to the other side of Shoofly, where the trail stays on a wooded ridge towards Fall Mountain. It's a great hike. 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. Pear Lake - 13.0 Miles Round-Trip Pear Lake (10,582') is located 6.5 miles from the Finch Lake Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park.This lightly used trail is highlighted by aspen groves, Finch Lake and long stretches of moss-draped forests en route to the lake. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. My plan was to hike into Pear Lake, stay the night, and the next day go cross country to Moose Lake. Once used as a reservoir, Pear Lake has been successfully restored to its natural state: Pear Lake Trail is a 3,138 m blue singletrack trail located near Estes Park Colorado. I have hiked on this trail twice, the last time, staying overnight at Pear Lake. Drive less than a half mile, and turn right onto FR 6701. ****PLEASE OBEY THE PARK RULES! Route: Top Lake TH to Top Lake and Pear Lake. There was one person camping there and we only saw 2 others groups the whole hike, but it was chilly at the lake. 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. Uneven rocks on trail, consistent elevation climb, etc. ****PLEASE OBEY THE PARK RULES! Pause at a viewpoint on the other side of the knob before your descent to gaze at Mount Stuart on the horizon along with Jove and Union Peaks closer in. Much of the area around Pear Lake is fragile meadow of heather and ground blueberry. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until October. We herd abowt a little dog that got missing end we felt so sad becuz it wood be scarey too be lost in the woods with saskwach end bears on the loose and amok. Find a comfortable perch as the sun goes down and watch mountains begin to glow on the horizon. Early season may offer a chance to gather water from the stream but it runs dry as summer persists. It's a great hike. 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. 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. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Soon, meet up with the Pacific Crest Trail at 4575 feet, 5.8 miles from the trailhead. The lakes are best visited on a long day hike. I have wanted to hike this trail for a while as comparison with the Meadow Creek trail. 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. There are plenty of windflowers, granite outcroppings, and open views along the way. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Winding another half mile past the lake may leave you with blue-tinged fingers as you nibble berry morsels hanging from the foliage. 6.4 miles from the trailhead, we finally arrived right as the golden light started to hit the top of the mountains and create the most perfect reflection in Pear Lake, the largest lake … Pear Lake Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Mullan, Idaho that features a lake. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. sumtimes hiking ruins my appitite so my person brot freeze-dryed dog dinner to crumble on my kibble which makes it irresistubble. on Despite this are for a long time being not too well known I saw at least ten tents while up there. Leave the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) here and descend 300 yards to a large open spot on the lake’s edge. Day 2 (May 30) Pear lake - Alta peak attempt - Hump trail - Wolverton trail head We turned back a few hundreds feet below the Alta peak summit as it looked dangerous due to the loose snow. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. The weather was threatening...something, on the hike in, so I put my head down and got up and over the ghost forest on Shoofly Mountain as quickly as I could. A total of about 16 miles for the day. Take a minute to observe below in the Lake Creek drainage and you may see a sauntering black bear grazing on a midday snack. Peek through to the north and you could spot the snow white cap of Mount Baker but don’t be surprised if you startle mountain grouse taking shelter at the base of a nearby tree. In protest I refused to sleep on the nice thermarest my person brot all the way up and down and up and down and up and down and past the bear to the campsite. allobean For overnight, you'll need to get a permit but there are beautiful camping spots … 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. Day 2 (May 30) Pear lake - Alta peak attempt - Hump trail - Wolverton trail head We turned back a few hundreds feet below the Alta peak summit as it looked dangerous due to the loose snow. As we started to see Pear Lake (9,544’), the clouds also happened to clear, and we were finally able to see the tops of the surrounding mountains, giving us … Seattle, WA 98104. 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. To reach the trailhead from Estes Park, drive 12.6 miles south on Colorado Highway 7 … allobean 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. Pass the ranger station and cross the White River, and after 7.6 miles the road becomes Forest Road 65. Panorama of the Great Western Divide from Alta Peak After a short break on the summit, it … But if you stay on trail, you'll have the same views, without any of the exertion. An ascent of 175 feet for a half mile towards Fall Mountain brings you to a panoramic viewpoint across the Little Wenatchee River Valley. The Pacific Crest Trail continues 180 miles north to Canada. Take care with Devil’s Club, and don’t miss the thimbleberry and salmonberry to be savored. But if you are not in shape, then don't try it. The sun was in full force on Monday morning so I took my time packing and had a  swim in the lake, which is shallow at the west end and not too cold. Tucking back into hemlock and Douglas-fir, a small saddle offers refuge. Stay on this road, driving for 4.7 miles and then turning left onto FR67. The trail forgivingly climbs above a wide grassy meadow surrounding Grass Lake where a marmot or two might be sunbathing on boulders. 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. Hike to Pear Lake. Pear Lake is a great destination for solitude, fishing, and mountain views. I was happy to see a bear but I don't think I would have slept well knowing it was around. 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. 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. Uneven rocks on trail, consistent elevation climb, etc. .. I’ll find out tomorrow! The trail also goes past This is my 5th time on this section of the PCT and it just gets more beautiful every time (I may be a little biased). As you meander across the slope to the other side of the mountain, you are heralded by the ghostly reminders of the mature forest that once carpeted the mountainside. Make a right .1 mile later at the Lodgepole Trail junction to continue on the Lakes Trail. if yor person takes yoo heer yoo will start by spending owrs and owrs in the car so make sure yoo piddle befor yoo leaf. It's a great hike. Take the left road at the fork; this is North Shore Road. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from July until October. I left the trailhead around 3:15 on Saturday. It provides access and a jumping-off point for hikers, backpackers, equestrian riders and trail work parties alike headed into the backcountry of the Henry M. Jackson and Glacier Peak Wildernesses and beyond. So I wuz sad end cold and grumpee all nite end my person got 2 thermarests wile I had none. Length 4 miElevation gain 1181 ftRoute type Out & back Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching running Forest Lake Views 1/2 mile in and back along Meadow Creek Trail to PCT. I stopped twice on the way out to pick more blueberries, which are HUGE this year. From Cole's Corner, turn north (left if coming from the west) onto Highway 207, which is signed for Lake Wenatchee. Uneven rocks on trail, consistent elevation climb, etc. Pear Lake rests at 4809 feet and has two large campsite areas, one at the west end and one on the east end near the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail, each with its own toilet. Pear lake is a beautiful alpine lake in the southern Wild Basin region of Rocky Mountain National Park. The hike starts at the Crestline Trailhead, and wanders through a recovering burn area en route to the lake. Pear Lake Trail is a 33.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Seattle, WA 98104. Search for busy bumblebees flitting about bright magenta fireweed rising out of discarded black scales of fallen bark. My hike: 7/12-13/2018. I stayed Saturday night with the thru hikers but opted to move camp in the morning, to one of the more open sites in the meadows at the west end of the lake. In .8 miles the trail enters the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness and the burn area from the 2014 Shoofly wildfire. Admittedly it’s a somewhat challenging four miles, but this is still the most popular high country hike in … Hike past three stunning alpine lakes and take in expansive granite views before reaching your prize, Pear Lake. So sweet and hard to leave. Families can still enjoy the California Sierra backcountry without having to hike long distances. Miles: 22 miles RT. Hike by WTA Correspondents: Washington Trails Association 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 625-1367. Also if they are not wokking it is becuz they are eeting sumthing so there is food. Pear lake doesn't have many campsites, but being the only people up there spending the night, we grabbed the one and only amazing camp spot on the lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 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. Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District. We got to eat lots uv foods on this trip! Dogs are also able to use this trail. After the steep trek up and down Fall Mountain, Trap Lake's large, lonely camp spot and the dark grey clouds had me reconsidering my plan to hike all the way to Pear Lake - until I saw the black bear contentedly munching its way through the blueberry-filled meadow that hugs the lake. I have hiked on this trail twice, the last time, staying overnight at Pear Lake. But dont do that it wood be rong. HIKE TO: Heather Lake, Aster Lake, Emerald Lake and Pear Lake TRAIL: The Lakes Trail MILES: 12.4 miles (15.4 miles according to my tracker) TIME: 1 night (3:30 hr in, 3:45 hr out) DATE I WENT: 10/13/18 - 10/14/18 DIFFICULTY: moderate ELEVATION: 9629 ft ELEVATION GAIN/ LOSS: 2625/423 ft HIKE PERMIT: yes for overnight camping LOCATION: Sequoia National Park, California Pear Lake from Alta Peak and an incredible view of the Great Western Divide to the east. Follow 6701 for 5.6 miles and turn left onto FR 6701-500, which is signed for Top Lake. Trip Report By. 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. The trail was in good condition, although muddy in spots and there were definitely mosquitoes on the trail. 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. On the third day I hiked all of the way back to my starting point at the trail head at Wolverton. 4,526 m black diamond singletrack trail. Day one From the trailhead at the end of Wolverton Road, ascend concrete steps to the well-signed Lakes Trail, heading north. Pretty please. Must Hike Must Eat WTA Member 300 Hiked Aug 22, 2019. Pear Lake is a popular destination for day hikers and backpackers, and is reached by taking the “Lakes Trail” which passes by five beautiful subalpine lakes (hence the name). 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. Pear Lake Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Granite, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. 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. Length 12.7 mi … Great trail, beautiful lakes (especially Pear Lake)! External Links Here is a link to current trail conditions in the region Weather Conditions 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. 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. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association So pick a promising day and get an early start to enjoy this gorgeous place. 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. Your knees will thank you if you remembered hiking poles. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Shannon Leader. The lakes are best visited on a long day hike. But those of us who hit the trail on a regular basis often do it more for our mental health. Nevermjnd! 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. 9/8/2015 Destination: Pear Lake (via Watchtower Trail) Elevation: 9,600 ft Distance: 13 miles round trip Elevation gain: 2,200 ft I give Pear Lake 4 paws up for enny dog. Oh, Pear Lake. Fantastic hike to several mountain lakes in Sequoia National Park. 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. The Lakes Trail to Pear Lake can be done as either an overnight stay or a day hike. Beginning at 3700 feet and climbing gradually to circumnavigate the southern flank of Shoofly Mountain, in the first mile, hikers wage a constant battle with vegetation and mud. Hike a bit further on trail, and you'll see gorgeous views of that regal mountain before you arrive at Pear Lake. From here, you’ll climb nearly 1,000 feet along Wolverton Creek and a million-year-old moraine deposited by the Tokopah Glacier. Drive for 4.2 miles on 207, crossing the Wenatchee River, and arriving at a fork. In total, the hike in took us around 5.5 hours, which included plenty of stops to take photos and explore the Watchtower. Or they are not wokking becuz they are very tired so yoo cood try to steel there food. 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. It is possible to continue up on a boot path here to the summit of Fall Mountain. THE DOG REPORT:  Alter-nut report by me Custard the Dog. Nellie Lake Camp — 1st Iroquois Falls (Smooth Rock Falls) Threatened (still open) Iroquois Falls, Ontario, 70 km east of Timmins Hiking is good for your physical health—we all know that. It can get windy and buggy, but you take your lumps when you have the opportunity to spend time somewhere this beautiful. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/the-lakes-trail The dirt roads are washboard and potholed but as long as your car has clearance to get over some small loose rocks, you should be okay. Pear Lake Almost all of the snow has melted and the huckleberries are blooming in full force. The main trail continues to climb up to Pear Lake, crossing the most barren, rocky landscape of the hike. Once used as a reservoir, Pear Lake has been restored to its natural state and lies in scenic basin below some of the most isolated mountains in the park. Both Pear Lake and Boulder Lake have a number of good camping areas by them. Does FR 65 have another name? 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