A multi-species party of seven humans and two dogs met at Sedro Woolley ranger station and then got in their separate vehicles and drove to Baker Lake road, then across the dam, with the traditional pit stop at the campground. The road to the trailhead is mostly in fair shape but the bad parts are awful, with enormous potholes. Ignoring the side trails to Anderson Butte and Anderson Lakes, we pressed on to Watson Lakes and reached the second lake in time for lunch. The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot, with a slight breeze. The lake was transparent. One brave soul plunged (briefly) into the lake . Dragonflies patrolled the shore. Occasionally a fish jumped. It was very peaceful. After lunch we wandered a little further towards the end of the lake, but failed to find a convincing trail. The trip back was uneventful, with the highlight of a spectacular view of Mt. Baker. We met a few people on the trail, mostly campers going to the lake, but it was not crowded.
Total distance was a little over 6 miles. Elevation gain is hard to measure. The lake is almost at the same level as the trailhead but you have to go up and down two big ridges to get there. The cumulative climb is over 2500′,
Thanks to all participants, including the dogs who behaved impeccably throughout the trip..
Here is a link to some pictures from the day: