9/21/2012 (4:30 PM)  -  9/23/2012
Silver Lakes
Instead of fighting the crowds up the main Mt Townsend trail, we decided to try the way trail from the north side. It's an unmarked trail that is about a mile past the Tubal Cain trailhead, where there's room to park about five cars across from a massive boulder at a trailhead.

The way trail is really steep in places, rooty and rocky, with a few logs to clamber over but nothing too terrible. The very steep parts are pretty well balanced with flatter meadow walks in a very appealing way. The way trail is only 2.2 miles long, and then you join the main trail between Mt Townsend and Silver Lakes for the last .9 miles. The way trail was distinct and easy to follow despite being a dotted line on the GreenTrails. Overall we crawled up the hill very slowly, taking about 3 hours to hike the 3 miles to the lake.

GPS Route Details
Start Coordinates: 47.874763, -123.083458
Total distance: 7.51 Miles
Max Elevation: 6,018.14 Feet
Vertical Gain: 3,707.45 Feet
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