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.
Thanks for publishing and sharing. I had not heard of these lakes and hike. Debbie and I are going to have to check it out.
You would enjoy the hike Tom. As the crow flies, the wilderness area is about 10 miles west of Timothy Lake. However, unlike Timothy Lake the area sees little use. There are some blowdowns on the trail between Rock Lakes and Serene Lake, but they are relatively easy to get around. If you decide to do the hike, this is the prime time with all the wildflowers in bloom.
Thanks. The wildflowers are coming into their peak season.
It’s weird you bring up buckbean. I recently saw it in a wildflower book – and put it on to ‘want to see’ list. Very cool flower!
It is an interesting flower. I had to look it up in a book. It’s very distinctive.