Clay deposits in Middle Fork from an ice age era glacial lake support an unique diversity of forest species. Pending Wilderness designation in Congress would keep this prolific ecosystem intact for the future.
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (Alpine Lakes Wilderness (MBSNF));
This trail leads to a number of areas offering almost ulmitied possibilities for hiking, fishing and scrambling. The Seattle Times identifies the campground at the end of the trail as a top hiking destination.
Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Wilderness regulations apply and Wilderness Permits are required for day use and overnight trips in Alpine Lakes Wilderness from May 15 to October 31. Permits are free and available on a self-issue basis at the trailhead.