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Thomas Lake Trail #111, WA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 3.3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,329 feet
Elevation Gain 200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 3.97
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13  2018-11-15
Thomas Lake Trail - Cascade Crest / PCT Loop
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Sep, Jun
Sun  5:43am - 6:23pm
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This 3.3 mile heavily used trail passes numerous lakes prior to its connection with the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 within Indian Heaven Wilderness.


From the Thomas Lake Trailhead, beginning along Road 65, this trail climbs gently as it passes through a dense forest, coming to Dee, Thomas, and Heather Lakes at approximately 0.6 mile. The trail climbs to a meadow, then continues past Brader Lake and Naha Lake to Rock Lake and Little Rock Lake. It then turns south and passes Lake Umtux.

As the trail continues through the broad plateau meadow, it passes numerous unnamed ponds and tiny lakes. The trail descends into the timber, passing Lake Sahalee Tyee, and ends at Blue Lake with the junction of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000.

Lake Sahalee Tyee lies in the shallow crater of an old volcano. This is an area where Native Americans built slow-burning fires in trenches, preserving berries for later use by drying them over the radiant heat.

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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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Thomas Lake Trail #111
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Beautiful hike through the Indian Heaven Wilderness past more lakes than I could possibly count. Greg, Virg, Kaila, and I departed Camas at around 9:30 and were on the trail by about 11:30. Had a couple of minor navigational issues on the way up, and stopped at Panther Creek Falls along the way. Also got to engage 4wd to cross a minor road washout which added to the adventure.

Weather was partly cloudy and in the 70s. We encountered maybe 4 groups of hikers during our entire time on the trail. There were more lakes than I could possibly remember, and it would be easy for anyone to head out here and find their own lake to enjoy, far from anyone else. There were quite a few mosquitoes, so we repeatedly soaked ourselves in deet and never really took a break. We were also motivated by the idea of hitting the brewery in Stevenson on the way back, so we kept a pretty quick pace through the entire hike.

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