This past July 18th, I took Trooper dog for a walk up to one of my favorite “close to home” lakes, Lake Lillian, to see if some turns off Peak 5,606′ were possible. I like this lake for a quick workout and amazing views that all starts just 20 minutes from Hyak, WA. From Hyak go under the freeway and head for Gold Creek Rd. At the end of the pavement the road starts the climb up the mountain (NF 3942) and turn on to the second left fork ( NF 136, as the road switch backs towards the right). About a half mile or so down the old logging road you will see another left, which you don’t take (it leads to the windsurfing launch up on Rampart Ridge). After the last fork that you stayed right on, you will end up in the small parking lot. The fun starts there. This is an aggressive trail that climbs apx 1,000′ in one mile, passing Laura Lake on the way. I wasn’t surprised to see the lake STILL frozen over, because it is completely surrounded by some sweet double diamond terrain. Took the main Summer trail from Lake Lillian to get access to Peak 5,606′, which was half melted out and seemed like it would be sketchy on exit (so after the ski we just crossed the lake w/ skis on… Yes, in July!). That was probably my last ski on Snoqualmie Pass for this season, time to travel to the Mighty Mt. Baker zone for the Summer turns w/ the pup.

Lake Lillian and Peak 5,606′

Looking down on Lake Lillian

A small piece of the playground

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