spectacular trip! What did you mean when you mentioned that the light wasnt great for images of MT. Rainer?
What kind of light were you looking for?or, what type of light is the best, so I know what to look for.
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By lighting I meant the sun was right over Rainier so you are looking right into it. I always thought it just looked better when the sun was behind you with the target in front. Sometimes the sun is too bright and the pictures don't come out so good.
Yea that's a pretty easy hike from the parking lot. You can even shorten 1/2 a mile off by parking up the road and accessing the trail from there. I like the walk around the lake though.
The lookout is just a part of this trip. The lakes are just as pretty as the views from the lookout. A lot of bang for the buck on this 3 1/2 mileish trek.
One thing I noticed is that the trail marked on like NW trails maps or even the USGS topo maps (pack trail) from the junction isn't correct. It appears they rerouted it below the cliffs. The trail on the maps appears to stay high. You actually descend a few hundred feet from the junction at Ipsut before climbing up to Eunice Lake.
I didn't see anybody camping but I didn't see anything saying it was closed. I don't know how they close it. I didn't see any rangers or anything up there around.
I did see a group hauling a small rowboat down to the lake from the parking lot though. Thought that was interesting. I guess non motorized boats are legal on most of the lakes in the park (the sign listed a few exceptions like Frozen and Reflection lakes but not many).
I did see a group hauling a small rowboat down to the lake from the parking lot though. Thought that was interesting. I guess non motorized boats are legal on most of the lakes in the park (the sign listed a few exceptions like Frozen and Reflection lakes but not many).[/quote]
That is correct. I don't remember wich lakes were excluded but it was only a few. The rest all allow non motorized boats and float tubes.
Map added. Kind of interesting that the trail shown on this and even maps like NW topo or trails shows the trail as the "Pack" trail on here. They apparently rerouted it below the cliff bands which means you have to descend a little going out.
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