Ashland Lakes

FR 4020

FR 4020

Ok, here we go.  Headed off into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest land for a little fall color leaf peeping.  After entering some latitude and longitude coordinates into my GPS I climbed on the Strike Force Moto and followed a route up an ever winding series of forest service roads to the trailhead for the Ashland Lakes trail.

The weather was kind of cool and at about 2500-3000 feet elevation I was expecting to run into some snow.

The start of the trail

The start of the trail

I found this perfect mushroom popping out of a carpet of green.

Perfect mushroom

Perfect mushroom

This was one of those hikes where I felt that I needed to stop and photograph something about every 5 steps.

No surprise then that almost all these trips seem to be solo adventures.

Have a look at some of my photos:

Beaver Plant Lake

Beaver Plant Lake

This beautiful little mountain lake was a short side trip off the main trail.  It turned out to be well worth the detour.  It is called Beaver Plant Lake and there was a narrow plank boardwalk circling most of the shoreline.

Reflection

Reflection

I enjoyed a snack at the lake and then pushed on.

Upper Ashland Lake

Upper Ashland Lake

The trail ascends a 3000 foot rocky pass and then begins to drop down into the next valley.  Upper Ashland Lake was nestled in a forested bowl, and it too had a wooden boardwalk around it.

The sun had cracked out just a bit and provided for some interesting images.

…At least I thought so…

Fall colors

Fall colors

Sunbeams

Sunbeams

Tent Pad

Tent Pad

How about this beautiful wooden tent pad, built right next to the water.  Wouldn’t you just love to spend a warm summer evening there.

Autumn in the Cascades

Autumn in the Cascades

Hiking out

Hiking out

Ashland Lake was my turn around point.  the trail was going to be about 11 miles round trip so I retraced my path back down to the moto.

Well there you go.  Hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed the hike.

Kat

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About Jeff Katzer

Hiker, Kayaker, Motorbike Rider, Cyclist, Photographer, *Grandpa*
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2 Responses to Ashland Lakes

  1. Tim Bowman says:

    Again another very good report. I was able to take a moto ride from Centralia to Packwood and around via Cayuse Pass yesterday and the colors were definitely out.

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