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Independence and North Lakes

North Cascades

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Hiked Aug 14, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road recommended for high clearance only


Bugs were an annoyance


Snow free

Biz first … for the love please don’t park in the turnaround on forest roads! Narrow with a huge drop off. Don’t be that person that makes people sweat with fear of going off a cliff trying to do a 20 point turn because you parked in the turnaround. Rant over.

Independence Lake was great. Extra hike on the road due to the washout. It was hot and smoky but the trail is in good condition and the lake is beautiful! Many wildflowers blooming and lots of butterflies. Didn’t go on to North Lake or check out Coal Lake.