The first time I saw
The lake is close to a mile and a half long and at its widest point three-quarters of a mile wide. Back then I hiked through pristine wilderness forest and then climbed out of the basin through a stand of big old growth fir. Their bark was festooned with light green beards of moss.
That’s all gone. The 90,000-acre B&B Complex fire burned to the lake’s southern shore in 2003 and in 2006 the 6,348-acre Puzzle fire burned the ridges north of the lake.
Still, a hike to
Getting there is as simple as a 60-mile drive to Marion Forks, about half way to
There are some roads branching off, but the main road is obvious. There is a Forest Service restroom at the trailhead.
The hike looks easy on the map. I guess most do, but this one climbs 500 feet in two miles. The hike is steady up hill with one switchback, but it is mostly an easy walk over a broad trail. There were only a few places where you have to pick you way through a boulder field.
It took me about 40 minutes to hike to
The trail climbs on up to
Halfway along the north shore a trail branches northward toward the burn, but the north shore is still well forested and most of the trees remain on the south shore. The hills were shrouded with clouds on the day I was there so I couldn’t get a feel for the scope of the burned area.
After some minutes sitting by the trail at