In the afternoon, we headed to the North Shore of Lake Crescent to hike the Pyramid Mountain trail. From the parking area across the road, this is a 7.2 mile round trip hike with 2,400 ft of elevation gain. After crossing the road, there is a short paved section that switchbacks up towards the trailhead.
The majority of this hike is in the forest. There are a few areas where streams cross the trail.
The trail has a nice gradient climbing up the flank of Pyramid Mountain for the first 1.75 miles.
The landslide die open up a view of part of Lake Crescent and the Olympic Mountains to the south.
There is a lot of exposure on this section of the trail, be careful of your foot placement.
After the landslide, the trail begins to climb more steeply. We found several downed trees along the trail, none to difficult to maneuver over or under.
There are a couple of sections where the trail levels out for a short time.
Near the top, the trail crosses a saddle and another view of Lake Crescent appears.
Between the trees are some nice views of the lake 2,500 ft below.
Western end of Lake Crescent and nestled in the hills lies Lake Sutherland. Beyond the hills, we could see Mt Baker peaking through the clouds.