Monday, June 18, 2018
The trailhead is a short ways up from the parking area.
This trail gains 500 ft in 1/2 mile.
There were only a few wildflowers in bloom along the trail today:
Crystal Peak and Crystal Lakes share the same trailhead, crossing Crystal Creek over this log bridge.
Wide angle photo from the north shore of Crystal Lake
From Crystal Lake, the trail continues along the north shore and heads up to join the PCT north of Sourdough Gap. I decided to hike a ways up this trail. Along the lake, the trail is very wet and muddy.
More of Mt Rainier from behind Crystal Peak
Before leaving Crystal Lake, I crossed the outlet of Crystal Creek towards the camping area on the south shore.
Wide angle shot of Crystal Lake from the southwest shore. Three Way Peak is on the far left. I didn't see any other hikers this morning until I was more than halfway down the trail.
Some of the other wildflowers and flora seen along the trail today:
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Cathedral Falls is 1.1 miles along the Goat Creek Trail. We hiked 2.2 miles roundtrip with about 200 ft of overall gain.
The trailhead is at the end of Forest Service Road 2750.
A short distance down the trail, there is a boot track that leads to a view point. This forest was protected from the 1980 blast by the hills to the south.
We found some wildflowers in bloom along this heavily forested trail
A little ways down the trail is a small cave.
There is a good sized cave behind the falls
We continued a short ways down the trail and found a boot path out for a nice view of Cathedral Falls from the other side
Some of the wildflowers we saw in bloom along the trail today: