|Area: Ashford / Skate Creek Rd
||Hike Type: Family-friendly, dog-friendly||Pass: No Pass Req|
|Distance: 1.4 mi RT||Duration: 1 hr||Difficulty Level: Easy|
|Snow-Free: late-June – Nov||High Point: 3,850 ft||Elevation Gain: 400 ft|
Features: kid-friendly, dog-friendly, pretty waterfall, old growth forest
It’s a mere .7 mile hike along Big Creek through groves of big trees to this pretty lake tucked in a cirque beneath the serrated Sawtooth Ridge. The easiest hike in this jagged cluster of peaks just south of Mount Rainier National Park; after the snow melts and before the autumn rains swell Big Creek, this trail is ideal for young children. And with High Rock’s fire tower teetering on a precipice above the lake, the scenic payoff is huge for such a short hike.