(Trip report for Oct 10-11, 2009)
My mom and I hiked up to Tank Lakes to enjoy the autumn colors and beautiful October lighting. An arctic system had moved in bringing frigid winds and sub-freezing temperatures, but this created clear skies for some night photography and helped keep me awake at night to take photos. The following page gives several photos from our fun weekend overnight. Hiking with my mom is always a special and enjoyable experience.
**Click here to see my trip report for a spectacular wintertime snowshoe to Tank Lakes in Feb 2010.
The Lakes Then and Now
Some Panoramas I took
|Tank Lakes is in the Alpine Lakes wilderness. There is no maintained trail to Tank Lakes, but the lakes can be reached via easy cross-country from a few different directions. This area is often passed by parties doing variations of the (1) Alpine Lakes High Route, in which case the approach typically starts on the Lake Dorothy Trail off the Miller River Road off HWY 2 and comes up to Tank Lakes after Chetwood Lake and Iron Cap Pass. Two popular one-day approaches are (2) via Necklace Valley on the East Fork Foss River Trail off of the Foss River Road off of HWY 2 and (3) via the Dutch Miller Trail off of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River Road off I-90.|
(More complete route details are given in my Feb 2010 trip report for Tank Lakes.)