A Wonderful Hike in the William O. Douglas Wilderness

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Tumac Mountain

Some of my favorite outings have been on the Tumac Plateau. 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 a sunny 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. Tumac Mountain at 6,340 feet was visible in the distance, and was my next destination.

The next three miles had some steep pitches but was primarily a very pleasant hike through the meadows until the final climb to the summit. There were expansive views to be seen, including the Rattlesnake Peaks, Blankenship Meadows and Mt. Rainier.

After a short rest and taking many photos, I returned to Little 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.

Mt. Rainier from Tumac Mountain

Mountain Spirea

Tumac Mountain behind Little Twin Sisters Lake

A Large Mushroom

Lupine Reflected in a Pond along the Trail

Twin Sisters Lakes from the upper slopes of Tumac Mountain

The Rattlesnake Mountains behind Blankenship Meadows (everything in the photo is in the William O. Douglas Wilderness)


Blankenship Lakes on the Tumac Plateau

Red volcanic rock on the upper slopes of Tumac Mountain

Little Twin Sisters Lake







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  1. Those are some spectacular views, John. I love the reflection of the trees off the water. The color of the Mountain Spirea is so vivid. The picture of Mt. Rainier would make an excellent album cover.

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