I've wanted to visit Price Lake since making the Nooksack Cirque a regular repeat trip. Interest was further stoked after an overnight with the kiddos and spotting smoke from a forest fire back in 2017 - post
Nice replacement bridge
Knee high river crossing
3 miles of easy old-road walk gets you to the Nooksack river crossing. There is a bit of brush bash but the climbers trail is soon found and although it's flagged I found it easy to find/follow.
Forest trail converts to boulders near the lake
~1 mile and 1500 feet of gain gets you your first views. The trail continues up along a rib of moraine. The hike is easy enough at this point but I was surprised how high above the lake you go, ~500 feet.
Shuksan and Price
Nooksack Tower, Shuksan, Price
Nooksack Tower, Shuksan
We opted to drop the elevation and have lunch on the shore. Picking your way down the chunky, occasionally loose rocks was non-trivial and tiring but in the end worth it.
Campsite with a view
After some exploring we decided to pick our way back to the outlet via the shore and were met with a steady stream of slide alder, willow and chunky rock to navigate. We stumbled upon a memorial stone for two climbers who died in 1983 - Peter Travis and John Nelson.
Yellow Aster Butte and Tomyhoi
Happy to be back on the trail we popped down quickly. Sore knees/feet enjoyed the cold river crossing and the flat 3 miles back to the parking area was a welcomed section. Beers at Chair 9 were icing on the day!
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