Glacial-gouged lakes, open sub-alpine meadows, old-growth timber, spring wildflowers and steep terrain. The six square-mile Roaring River Wilderness has it all, and some good fishing to boot.
After parking near Hideaway lake, I spent seven hours of a beautiful sunny day hiking a 12-mile loop with many steep ascents and descents along the way.
Shellrock Lake, the Rock Lakes, Serene Lake and Cache Meadow were the highlights of the trek.
The brilliant white plumes of beargrass and the exquisite pinks of the wild rhododendrons added to the spectacular setting. Various varieties of delicate wild orchids were beginning to bloom too.
Returning to the trailhead, I admonished myself for not backpacking into Serene Lake and spending a few days exploring the Wilderness.