West Fork Foss River – Copper Lake

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

8:45 a.m. Only one other car in the parking lot. Aggressive mosquitoes motivated us to load the packs and start hiking quickly. The weather forecast was for rain in the afternoon so we had dressed warmly and carried rain gear. Beautiful river valley and gentle ascent to Trout Lake on a well maintained trail and a very new bridge across the West Fork of the Foss River.  Thank you trail maintenance divas.  Passed the largest tree I have ever seen in the Cascades.

Ascending up towards the waterfall, we ran into a little snow in patches and then suddenly a lot of snow. But with some careful route finding, we were very soon on the north side of Copper Lake where we enjoyed a pot of hot soup and bread before descending. Back at the car around 2:40 p.m. Just inside six hours.

West Fork Foss River Valley

West Fork Foss River Valley

New Bridge over the W. Fork Foss

New Bridge over the W. Fork Foss

Looking up the West Side of the Valley

Looking up the West Side of the Valley

Grandfather Tree

Grandfather Tree

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Small lake below Copper Lake

Small lake below Copper Lake

Copper Lake - clouds thickening

Copper Lake – clouds thickening

Last section of climb before reaching Copper Lake.

Last section of climb before reaching Copper Lake.

A bit of fun on the way down

A bit of fun on the way down

Descending the Switchbacks

Descending the Switchbacks

Ancient tranquility

Ancient tranquility

Tree and Rock

Tree and Rock

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