55 – Fragrance Lake

With winter snow still in the high country, perhaps I thought I might run out of hikeable local trails before completing my sixtieth hike, because I had been sort of saving the Fragrance Lake hike at Larrabee State Park – or maybe I was saving it for a rainy day. Lori and I had planned to hike this afternoon, and I had several sunny trails in mind – but the threat of rain hung low in the sky. With several hiking options in mind as we got ready to head out, once we had to turn on the windshield wipers, I knew Fragrance Lake was where we should go. Perfect for a rainy day, the dense forest on the way up to the lake would keep us dry.

At the Fragrance Lake trailhead . . . along Chuckanut Drive

Even though obstructed by rain and clouds, with the near 1,200′ elevation gain along almost two miles of trail that switchbacks up Chuckanut Mountain to Fragrance Lake, at about half way up, the short trail leading to a view point makes a most welcome break.

At the viewpoint . . . along the trail to Fragrance Lake

Fragrance Lake is a popular local hike; so rain or shine, should you do this hike, expect lots of fun trailmates along the way.

Stylin’ trailmates . . . on the way to Fragrance Lake

More information about the Fragrance Lake hike can be found here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/fragrance-lake, and information about Larrabee State Park here – http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Larrabee&subject=all.

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