lance high above lake crescent (the Olympic Peninsula)

Today my friend Lance shared a picture on his web site from a hike we did last summer so I thought I’d share one of my own for the heck of it.  This is Lance high, very high above Lake Crescent, an incredibly beautiful lowland lake within the boundary of Olympic National Park.  This 5,000 acre lake is 600 feet deep and on sunny days, it’s the most fantastic color blue you can imagine.  Lake Crescent has its own species of game fish, the Beardslee rainbow and Lake Crescent cutthroat trout. For 12 scenic miles, Highway 101 curves and twists around one side of the lake. I always forget how long it takes to drive those 12 miles, new views unfold around every bend. Green forests tower above you! It’s one of the most scenic drives in the state, in my opinion. The drive around the lake is gorgeous, but hiking above it is even more amazing. We hiked Pyramid Mountain to reach this vantage.

The hiking on Pyramid Mountain is easy (but steep). However, there is a section of trail that traverses a mildly dangerous slide area. I made it easily, but I had very sweaty palms and the heebie jeebies! One member of our party was not in the mood to cross this damaged part of trail, the same person who hiked all the way around Mt. Rainier last summer. So that should give you an indication of the seriousness of the slide.

 Lance has a shirt on his head because the black flies were a terrible nuisance if you stood in place for more than a few moments. They didn’t ruin the day, but they were mighty pesky. I swallowed five of them.

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