Three "hidden" lakes in Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
In August of 2023 I tried my first attempt at bagging all three lakes. I, along with my parents, only got one of them bagged. The largest lake has a trail that goes directly to it. The other two lakes require some bushwhacking and planning to access them. On the map it appeared as though there might be a forest service road that led back to them, but it was blocked off and overgrown to the point it didn't even look like a road. (This might be a possible access point by foot.)
Hidden Lakes, Large
Hidden Lakes, Medium
Hidden Lakes, Small
Hidden Lakes, Larger
Lake Name: Hidden Lakes, larger
Lake Coordinates: 46.0466, -121.7391
Lake Elevation: 4067'
Distance: 0.26 miles (rt)
Elevation Range: 4068‘ to 4194‘
Ascent/Descent: +109 ft / -123 ft
Trail Type: In and out
Trails: Hidden Lakes Trail #106
Note: The trail, so far as I can tell, only goes to the largest of the Hidden Lakes.
Date hike was done: 8-20-23
We decided to hike from the Hidden Lakes Trailhead and see what lakes we could get t0. It was a quick, downhill hike to the first and largest of the Hidden Lakes. The trail petered out at the edge of this lake. There was no visible trail to the other two lakes. Getting to them would require bushwhacking, and we were all hungry so we decided to come back and attempt accessing them on another day. It will be a fun puzzle when I get around to it.
The lake was very pretty, There were a lot of bright green grasses along the lake's edge, it was stunning and made for picturesque pictures. We saw frogs, dragonflies, and many mosquitos. The trail according to the Forest Service is labeled as "light" usage and that appears to be true. We didn't see or hear anyone else on this short hike.
Hidden Lakes, medium
Hidden lakes, small
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