A Climb to the Summit of Tumac Mountain in the William O. Douglas Wilderness


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Tumac Mountain

Some of my favorite outings have been on the Tumac Plateau. In my case, going back 40 years. I’ve fished, elk hunted, camped and hiked many times in this very beautiful region.

The Plateau covers a large forested area dotted by meadows and small to good-sized lakes. And, as you can probably guess, it’s home to scads of mosquitoes during hot summer days.

On an overcast and rainy day I entered the William O. Douglas Wilderness from Deep Creek Campground.

After a 1 1/2-mile ascent up the headwall of Deep Creek, I stopped and admired the deep blue beauty of Little Twin Sisters Lake. If the dense cloud cover hadn’t been so low, I would have been able to see 6,340-foot Tumac Mountain in the distance, my next destination.

The next two miles had some steep pitches but was primarily a very pleasant hike through the meadows until the final climb to the summit. Thanks to the heavy cloud cover, there were no expansive views to be seen. I had to rely on my memory of many previous hikes to the summit.

After a short rest I returned to Little Twin Sisters Lake. By then it had stopped raining. Taking advantage of the respite, I hiked to Big Twin Sisters Lake. The large, deep lake brought back many memories of catching stringers of delicious brook trout for dinner.

I reluctantly turned around and took a slow hike back to the trailhead.

One of many small ponds along the trail

White Rhododendron

Little Twin Sisters Lake on a stormy morning

Into the Wilderness

One of many large meadows along the trail

Trail approaching the summit of the old cinder cone

Small stream along the trail

Trailhead sign

Final ascent to the summit of Tumac Mountain

Final ascent to the summit of Tumac Mountain (from a previous hike)

 

 

 

 

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