Fortune Ponds to Top Lake

Mileage: 18.6 miles

Elevation Gain/Highest: 3900/5900ft (top of Fortune Mtn.)

Map: Green Trails Benchmark Mountain No 144

Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Cafe

Find out current conditions and as always, practice Leave No Trace.  Pretty Please.

My Hike:

9/11/2015 Another quick overnighter after work, couldn’t stop taking pictures it was so amazing.  The fall colors made it feel like walking in a painting. Pear Lake was a little crowded, so I headed to Top Lake off the PCT and was rewarded with silence and solitude as the sun went down. Except for the lovely deer roaming my camp.  Explored the outlet for Pear Lake the next day. Scrambled up Fortune Mountain on the way back, probably would have been better without the full pack and if there had actually been a trail to follow.  Nice views of Peach Lake and Glacier Peak.  Quite a bit of a scramble on the way down but I did get to explore the upper Fortune Ponds because of it.

Directions: From Everett drive east on Highway 2 for 50 miles, turning left onto Beckler River Road. Continue north for almost seven miles to the end of the pavement and a three-way junction. If you cross a bridge over Rapid River, you’ve gone too far. Turn right onto FR 6530 and proceed for almost 5 miles to the TH.

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