Pacific Crest Trail, Approaching Goat Lakes, Pasayten Wilderness
to Ross Lake.
Ross Lake, from the Lightning Creek Trail
Starting on the PCT about 2 miles south of the Canadian Border the trails heads west, climbing through light forest onto south facing slopes and through a burned area from a 1996 fire.
Three Fools Trail, traversing a ridge below an old burned area
After a few miles the trail reaches a series of knolls with fantastic views west to the Pickets and Mt Baker and south all along the Cascade Crest.
Flowers on the Three Fools Trail
Just above Big Face Creek
The Three Fools Trail starts a steep descent to a crossing of Big Face Creek.
Sunset at Elbow Basin
Moon Rise on the Three Fools Trail
The trail is truly magnificent here, (and somewhat difficult to follow) expansive meadows, clumps of trees and awe inspiring views. For 2 miles the path follows the top of the ridge, passing Freeze Out Lake.
Hiking in the meadows, above Elbow Basin
On the Three Fools Trail, looking across to Cascade Crest
Dropping more than 3,500 feet in three and half miles the trail reaches Three Fools Creek. The next two miles of trail (until you reach the border of the North Cascades National Park) are some of the most difficult miles of “trail” I have ever hiked! Hundreds of downed trees, brush completely covering the trail so thick that it takes quite an effort to just push through make this truly a trail for fools! Or anyone who enjoys true wilderness!