Being a short 3.2 mile round trip hike its perfect for a quick half day trip or an all day summer lounge on the lake hike.
With fishing pole in hand we took to the trail. The trail starts of rather easy following the west fork of the Foss River. The river is close by almost the whole time. A bridge crosses over the river where below the bridge the river was flowing downstream but above the bridge there was no flow. Further up the trail the river is heard roaring again. It reminded me of how much more H20 there is to a mountain river that we don't usually see, via the underground path.
Next a GIGANTIC Fir stands alongside the trail about half way up. Its been awhile since I've seen anything larger.
Snow covered the last half mile of trail which is where most of the elevation in gained.
The lake was mostly frozen over but I threw my line into the outlet of the lake which was shallow, too shallow. I wanted to keep the few lures i had.Therefore we strategically decided on plan #2, ice fishing!
After cutting through the ice we realized it was thick enough to support us. I dropped my line in about 20 feet away from shore and fished from the 1 1/2 ft diameter hole i was able to chisel out. NO luck!! No worries because the scenery was beautiful with a fresh covering of snow the forest glisten above us. The clouds broke and the sun popped its head out a couple of times to show off the snow capped mountains to the south of us.
All in all another great hike, another great lake and an amazing friend to share it with!!
|HUGE DOUGLAS FIR TREE|
|ICE FISHING AT TROUT LAKE|
|LANDSLIDE SHOWY THE CRAGGY MOUNTAINS ABOVE|
|PANORAMIC VIEW OF LAKE|
Miles hiked: 1.6 to the lake/ 3.2 miles round trip
Elevation gained: trailhead 1600 ft/ lake 2100 ft/ total of 5 feet gained
Forest: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National forest/ Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Permit Required: NW forest pass
Trailhead Amenities: Parking lot, bathrooms, picnic table
Map: Green Trails Maps 175
Wildlife seen: None
Fishing: None caught, supposedly has trout
Camping: numerous sites
Trails close by: the same trail hikes another 5.7 miles pass Lake Malachite, Copper lake, Little Heart lake, and Big Heart lake
Trail condition: Great! Snow is trail, 3 downed trees
Rules and Regs: No fires at Trout lake
Directions: Take Hwy 2. From hwy 2 take Foss River rd (FR 6800) just east of the town of Skykomish. After 3.5 miles take a slight right and stay on 6800. After another .6 miles keep going past trailhead 1062. Then after 1.3 miles take a left on FR 6835 and the trailhead will be 1.9 miles ahead.