142 miles completed

July 14, 2018

I currently work as a personal trainer for an amazing fitness studio. This weekend, another trainer and I took some of the members on a hike to Bear Lake and Pinnacle Lake. The 3.8 mile trail winds through the forest on the eastern slope of Mt Pilchuk with occasional views of Glacier Peak, Three Fingered Jack, and Mt Baker peeking through the trees.

Bear Lake is less than a mile into the hike and is very serene and definitely worth stopping at. We continued for another mile and a half over roots and rocks till we reached the shores of Pinnacle Lake.

Still partially frozen and perfectly still, it was an ideal lunch spot to relax and soak up some sun. After refueling, the group turned around and headed back down the trail while Mike, Kayuh and I decided to keep going. We made our way around the lake and up a gully to do some exploring. We followed a river upstream and hit some heavy snow coverage.

We eventually reached a saddle with some incredible views and small alpine lakes beginning to thaw below us.

With no trail to follow and no ice axes, we decided to turn around, not feeling safe enough to continue without the proper snow gear. We will definitely be back later in the season once the snow melts more to pick up where we left off!

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Before attempting the hike to Pinnacle Lake, please visit WTA.ORG for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports.