293 miles completed

October 10, 2018

Kayuh and I decided to continue our Larch hunting this week in the North Cascades. We planned a back to back trail run to Blue Lake and Maple Loop Pass. Blue Lake a relatively easy out and back 4.5 mile trail gaining just over a thousand get over a thousand feet of elevation. We ran through the forest for the first mile or so until the tree covered opened up revealing views of Cutthroat Peak in the distance. The hillsides were dotted with larches and majestic granite spires towered above us.

After another mile or so we reached Blue Lake, and it was instantly clear how this little gem got its name.

The waters were a stunning deep blue-turquoise. It was a truly beautiful contrast against the granite mountains and golden larch abundant shorelines.

Kayuh and I pretty much had the place to ourselves on this overcast day to explore our surroundings, take in the views, and enjoy every minute of uninterrupted solitude.

However this was only the beginning of today's adventure. Eager to see if our next stop could top this, we ran back down the trail and across the highway to start Maple-Loop Pass.

TO BE CONTINUED on Maple-Loop Pass blog post (coming soon)...

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