Seattle: Jug Lake
Enjoy a soundtrack of whistling winds on this rolling 7-mile hike through virgin forestland to a large alpine lake in William O. Douglas Wilderness.
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- Distance: 5.8
Location: 46.7042579650879, -121.480911254883
From Soda Springs parking area, go E on Cowlitz Trail #44 (marked by signpost)
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Trail passes through first of many old-growth groves (fir, hemlock, and cedar) in this 166,000-acre wilderness
Location: 46.7092819213867, -121.471138000488
Veer R @ Y
Location: 46.7108268737793, -121.457611083984
Continue straight; there is sometimes high horse traffic in summer
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Navigate across gurgling Jug Lake tributary stream
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Turn L @ 3-way onto Jug Lake Trail #43
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Forest opens into a small park-like highland with vibrant beargrass. Look and listen for elk and mule deer.
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Go L @ Y onto Jug Lake/Chain Lake Trail #47
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Overlook above Jug Lake: The swirling, whistling winds here mimic the sound of air passing over a jug’s mouth
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At 28 acres, Jug Lake is one of the largest high alpine lakes in the region, and it offers four-star camping and trout fishing