Bucket List of Alpine Hikes #13: Golden Lake


Felt like giving myself the boot I did. No one should make the hike to Golden Lake as a day hike.

After a seven-mile trek the area cries out for setting up a base camp, exploring the alpine tarns, laying back underneath the star-filled skies and enjoying the solitude.

From 6,600-foot Golden Lake the summits and glaciers of Broken Top and the Three Sisters seem close enough to touch. A mile above are two beautiful tarns hidden in the volcanic rock, except this time the two lakes were empty when I arrived.

I hiked back to Golden Lake, broke out a snack and marveled at the spectacular views. Amazingly enough, I hadn’t seen another person the entire day.

Golden Lake in the Sisters Wilderness, like Warm Lake in Goat Rocks Wilderness, is why we hike and explore the wild places.

South Sister from Golden Lake

South Sister from Golden Lake

The early portion of the trail passes through the 2012 Pole Creek wildfire area

The early portion of the trail passes through the 2012 Pole Creek wildfire area

Alpine Hemlock

Alpine Hemlock

Golden Creek

Golden Creek

Golden Lake

Golden Lake

Tam McArthur Rim

Tam McArthur Rim

Glacier-polished rock

Glacier-polished rock

South Sister

South Sister

Whitebark Pine

Whitebark Pine

Dry tarn above Golden Lake

Dry tarn above Golden Lake with three Sisters in background

Golden Lake

Golden Lake with North Sister in background

Volcanic rock

Volcanic rock

 

Categories: Bucket List of Apine Hikes, Oregon Cascades HikesTags: , ,

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