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.
Stop at Lake, picnic table & fire pit
Winchester as viewed from the parking lot..
At Trailhead, ready to hit the trail.
Twin Lakes from the lower section of trail:
Trail ascends gradually along slope..
Mt. Baker to the west, light smoke haze.
A higher view of Twin Lakes...
View of Larabee...
Trail winding up to the crux...
Getting up to the side trail to Knoll Scramble..
Trail beyond, higher up.. view towards the Knoll
View of Tomyhoi..
View Of Larabee
The lookout building
Grand View of Tomyhoi Peak and Lake
Trail runs west and down from here at the summit. Knoll visible to mid-left.
View from inside Lookout to the east...
Lots of old pictures hanging from near top of window, in Lookout.
That is Winchester's lower western peak..
Lush lower Meadow........................
after getting down to the Lakes... Wil had a swim. Then we hiked the mining road and returned back...