Route Climbed: main trail Date Climbed: Summer of 1998
Nice hike, good for a family outing with the kids. I was only a sixth grader when I did this hike with my dad, but it was the first mountain I summited. I remember putting my name together using a bunch of old sticks at the top, like many others had done. Wonderful views of Eastern Washington. You can see the lakes down low from the top. Nice hot weather, bring lots of water if you plan to do this during the summer months.
I'm not convinced this hike is in Central Washington, however rounded the peaks may be. The important part is good driving directions in the '100 hikes, North Cascades' book. The trailhead is about one hour from Winthrop proper. Another beautiful day in the Methow, despite the obvious fire on Sweetgrass Butte. Excellent views of the blaze from the top. This is a great family hike, or for those with less ambition. Clark Peak can be added via the Bernhardt Mine trail for a super, one-way, 11 mile, rodeo loop. That's cowboy talk meaning 'don't step in the horse fritters', of which there were a few old ones. No bears, and very few people out on my favorite countrys' birthday. Happy Independence Day. 6 miles R/T, 1750' gain, less than four casual hours away from the car.