Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Garfield Mountain Circumnavigation, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Lane suggested the route and it's a good mix of very runnable terrain and 3-4 miles of schwacking (some sections more so than others). We went clockwise, however either way probably is fine. We passed Goat Lake on the west side as there is a large slab running down into the lake on the SE side that looked nearly impassable. Fisherman's trail to Horseshoe Lake is there if you're paying attention. Few washout/blowdown areas are marked with a flag.

21.6 miles, ~4500' gain
The Lukes

Seeley Boys

Brush on the east side of Snoqualmie Lake

Brush around Snoqualmie Lake

Looking north across Snoqualmie Lake

Looking south toward the pass leading to Goat Lake; brief brush respite

Nice gully to the pass and Goat Lake

Looking down the gully and north to Snoqualmie Lake

Goat Lake

Incoming tadpole explosion at Goat Lake