Photographers might not get past Sheep Lake, one of the prettiest lakes accessible from Chinook Pass on the Pacific Crest Trail.

From Chinook Pass, the Pacific Crest Trail makes a gentle, rising traverse above State Route 410 with views back to Mount Rainier and the American River below.

In summer the trail is bordered with wildflowers as is Sheep Lake, situated in a meadow amidst secluded groves of subalpine trees.

You can continue on the Pacific Crest Trail to Sourdough Gap with expanding views as you go. Sheep Lake lies below the gap with views to the north along the trail to Noble Knob, Norse Peak and south to The Goat Rocks and Mount Adams.