July 14, 2018 – Saturday – Anderson & Watson Lakes with Anderson Butte Hike: Lets spend the day at Anderson and Watson Lakes, along with a side trip to the Anderson Butte! We’ll be hiking approximately 8 miles with an 1100’ elevation gain. Beautiful views of the lakes and Mt Baker will accompany our hike. Bring water, lunch, sunblock and bug spray. Northwest Forest Pass is required for drivers. Lets leave the REI parking lot at 8 a.m. with a stop in Skagit County at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the Sedro Woolley Park and Ride which is a triangular area situated next to the Cook Rd roundabout between Walgreens and the Food Pavilion. Suggested $8 carpool fee for poolers from REI Questions contact Michael Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org If you’d like to drive to the trailhead: Trailhead Co-ordinates: 48.6747, -121.6017 Good chance we’ll be stopping for beverages at the Birdsview Brewery on the way West.
We managed to leave the trailhead at 10:30 yesterday morning after a nearby fire nearly sent us in another direction. Thanks to low winds and a strong effort on the part of firefighters we were able to get to the Anderson +Watson trailhead safely.
19 folks gleefully walked through a forest of large trees, up the switchbacks to the butte where the views were as clear as ever. Next we all walked through a partial grassy partial snowy meadow and headed up and over the small rise that brought us to Watson Lakes. Some folks swam, some explored, some socialized, and all ate lunch in the picturesque Watson Lakes valley.
At one point rumor has it that the level of group happiness in the experience became ecstasy and Richard began boldly singing ‘70’s era Barbara Streisand songs as he could no longer control himself. Right on pitch is the consensus rumor.
The heat reminded us all to bring plenty of water on hikes now that we’re into the warm weather.
Thanks to a great group of leaders helping to keep this large group together.
Photos of the trip can be viewed here.