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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-23-2017, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Default Winchester Lookout Aug.22/17

Three of us; Wil, Mark, and I decided on this hike owing to its very high reward to effort ratio. This trail is accessed via a drive up the road which leads to the YAB trailhead; and from there which requires high clearance. Janice and I were up in the area last month when there was still plenty of snow.

A considerable amount of snow had since melted, and very little remained near the Twin Lakes.

We had met at Bromley's around 7:40 am, and including the stop at the ranger station, and drive up, after gearing up it was about..10:15 am when we hit the trail. A lot of stops around the lake for picture taking, before we started the actual hike. It took us a little over two hours, 3 km and 420 meters elevation gain to reach the lookout. We had quite a few diversions along the way, including a sidetrip to knoll for Wil and Mark.

We also checked out the mining road for 1.6 km; and looked for a trail to get us up Little Bear; we found a few trails, but none lasted enough to get us up. Bushwhack next time is the way to go.

Lots of blueberries around too.

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Stop at Lake, picnic table & fire pit
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Winchester as viewed from the parking lot..
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At Trailhead, ready to hit the trail.
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Twin Lakes from the lower section of trail:

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Trail ascends gradually along slope..
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Mt. Baker to the west, light smoke haze.

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A higher view of Twin Lakes...
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View of Larabee...
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Trail winding up to the crux...
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Getting up to the side trail to Knoll Scramble..
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Trail beyond, higher up.. view towards the Knoll

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View of Tomyhoi..
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View Of Larabee
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The lookout building

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Grand View of Tomyhoi Peak and Lake
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Trail runs west and down from here at the summit. Knoll visible to mid-left.
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View from inside Lookout to the east...
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Lots of old pictures hanging from near top of window, in Lookout.
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That is Winchester's lower western peak..

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Heading down................,
Lush lower Meadow........................

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after getting down to the Lakes... Wil had a swim. Then we hiked the mining road and returned back...
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I think it was in the late 1970's when I did this hike; back in the days of the film camera. The Lookout appears to be in good shape still. Thanks for posting.
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Nice! Looks like a great trip and awesome views for not too much effort.

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Hey Karl,


How's it look for camp spots at Twin Lakes? Read somewhere that was possible. Also, read it's possible to overnight in the forest service lookout. Think it said first come first serve. That still look possible there to you?

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Thank you for your comments Treord and Solo.

Solo, the 1970's were a whole other age; seems so far now in the distant past.

Andrew; there were some vacant tent pad spots when we were there, and 3 people were inside the lookout, planning to overnight the day we went.

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Thanks Karl.


Been planning a overnight there since last years Tomyhoi climb last fall. Looking across to Larrabee is just to much to resist. Such a beautiful area. Actually ended up staying an extra day with little food at YAB it was so nice. Swimming in the tarns was out of this world on a hot day after some trekking.


Wondering if they collect a fee for camping there?

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Thanks Karl.


Been planning a overnight there since last years Tomyhoi climb last fall. Looking across to Larrabee is just to much to resist. Such a beautiful area. Actually ended up staying an extra day with little food at YAB it was so nice. Swimming in the tarns was out of this world on a hot day after some trekking.


Wondering if they collect a fee for camping there?
A trip that dreams are made of, beautiful. Not sure of the fees, my thought perhaps by donation or Ranger Station staff should know ?

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Winchester Mountain was recently highlighted in Backpacker magazine as the best day hike in Washington state. I'm sure some would argue for other spots but your writeup and photos indicate it is a great day hike indeed. Thank you!
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Winchester Mountain was recently highlighted in Backpacker magazine as the best day hike in Washington state. I'm sure some would argue for other spots but your writeup and photos indicate it is a great day hike indeed. Thank you!

Thank you for your compliments,this place is one of my favorites.

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