Up King Creek to lake 8455 Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009
Started at Little Queens River TH. Went up King Creek. Gained the south ridgeline from lake 8455. Beautiful and straightforward ridge walk north to the summit. The surrounding unnamed lakes are also a must-visit for a summer's day swim. Drop into Queens River trail from the unnamed lakes at 7980. Take poles to help you cross over Queens River to gain the trail
Hiked up Little Queens trail to Browns Lake, then up Browns Peak. From there stayed mostly on ridge over to Scenic Peak, Flat Top, Scenic Peak 9554, then up Nahneke. When I crested, there was a forest fire below in my descent valley. I saw planes circling above. I was able to get past to finish this 22 miles loop (13 hrs). This area has some of the greatest unnamed scenic lakes.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe