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Vanson Peak Trail
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2019-07-23  
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11 by photographer avatarkeepmoving
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Vanson Peak TrailVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Backpack avatar Jul 23 2019
keepmoving
Backpack21.33 Miles 4,320 AEG
Backpack21.33 Miles2 Days         
4,320 ft AEG16.5 LBS Pack
 
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Did a loop starting from Goat Mountain Trail #217 counterclockwise up to Vanson Peak and back along Green River Trail #213. The day started out with temps in the mid 70s and partly cloudy. From the trailhead, the trail immediately starts climbing, but it's well shaded and wasn't as terrible as I expected.

Once I gained the ridgeline views immediately opened up and I snacked on wild strawberries as I made my way to Deadmans Lake. Deadmans Lake is a bit of a let down- just a large featureless forested lake, although it looks like it would make for a fantastic swimming destination the clouds rolled in and the temperatures dropped right as I arrived so I skipped the swim. Continuing on to Vanson Lake a thick layer of fog started to obscure the forest, I stopped at the lake for lunch and to refill my bottles, then headed up to Vanson Peak to set up camp and hope for better views in the morning.

It lightly drizzled off and on overnight and the clouds never really parted. The clouds briefly parted enough for me to catch views of distant Riffe Lake, but overall it was a bit disappointing. I packed up and completed the loop by dropping down into the valley and following the Green River Trail back to the trailhead.
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Lupine, Avalanche Lilly, Indian paintbrush, etc...
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