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WA | Hike | Cedar Lakes “Lookout” Trail Day hike or Overnight

Stunning Views rain or shine. Very aggressive pitch. Becomes almost immediately intense within the first 10mins. 85-90% of the Elevation gained during this hike will occur in the first 20-40mins (depending on your pace). ELEVATION
Gain: 1400 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft. My crew and I use this trail for our training with Mountain Rescue for land nav. Upon reaching the summit, u have your choice of 2 lakes, to explore around as well as (if u have the energy) a short, 13 min hike even more elevation gain and u reach what’s called “The Lookout” Absolutley breath taking as this lookout trail upon reaching the top immediately emerges from the woods and very abruptly ENDS on top a massive, flat boulder. Which overlooks the two lakes, parts of Bellingham in the East, including Mt. Baker further East roughly 80 miles away, and still awe inspiring on a clear day, also the San Juan islands to the West, and Larabee State Park dude South.
With average gear, comfortable clothing and boots, reaching the top keeping a relaxing pace only takes 1 to 1 1/2 hrs. I hiked a total of 110lbs of overnight gear, food, clothes, etc and camped for 3 days on the lake. There are several “Primitive” campsites, very clean, and plenty of room for several tents in each site. Carrying that much weight, and being sure to go slow and enjoy this hike, the summit took approximately 3hrs during THAT trip. Completely up to you which type of trip you prefer. Hike is completely doable with only a water bottle. Steep, regimes through a heavily wooded trail, occasional wood beams along the trail become your only access to the continuing trail. Feel free to inquire about any questions you have or things I may have left out, as everybody’s hiking abilities varies.

Nearest City: Fairhaven
Maximum Participants: Comfortably hike with UP TO 10 adults.
Seasonal Availability:
Dry-Season Only
Winter Only
Year-Round
Very Limited
State: Washington
Start Time: Anytime! Overnight Camping on Lakes edge available as well.
Meet-up Location: Fairhaven “Haggens” which is a local grocery market in town.
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Hard
Extreme
Duration:
1-2 Hours
2-4 Hours
4+ Hours
Minimum age of Participants:
No Children
0-5 Years
6-12 Years
13+ Years
About Me: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Don’t let the famous quote fool ya, over the past 10 years of hiking, when I am “solo” by myself I can proudly say I have hiked only 1 trail from start to finish. Following a beaten, worn down dirt path, formed by years of foot traffic and usually running into other hikers is not my opinion of hiking a mountain. Haha! If, and I say this honestly (IF) I use a trail, it’s ONLY to get up to a good spot where I will then step directly off the trail and start blazing my own. I’ve outlined a few of my skills and certifications below which are relevant to survival on the mountain. Former Military, Served in the United States Army, perfecting my M.O.S skills as a Diesel Mechanic. Class “D” Security License, training security officers “offensive” and “defensive” restraints, holds, proper use of gear & equipment. Worked 1 year in North Utah for Mountain Rescue and Recovery. Certified by Red cross in “Adult CPR”. Numerous survival classes under my belt. I carry enough gear with me in my hiking bag and clothing to ensure the survival of 3 adults for 7 consecutive days, guaranteed! (You May be uncomfortable and moody, but I will get you back ALIVE) I have all sorts of gadgets and gear which make hiking much more fun and enjoyable. For example: 95% of hikers carry some type of liquid for hydration, liquid is the #1 heaviest item u can carry. I ELIMINATE that weight 100% but bringing “Water Filtration” systems that fit into your palm. Always plan my hikes knowing a water source is within foot travel. During winter hikes, occasionally I’ll bring a 32oz water with me, as u sweat more with all those layers on without realizing your loss until it’s too late. Still hike with water sources in reach and tools to break ice for water. I enjoy trading stories, advice and laughter is my secret weapon. However best survival technique I have is being a CERTIFIED “Bearded” man! It’s simply a “crown” for your face! Haha.
Certifications I Have: Red Cross Adult CPR, Mountain Rescue & Recovery, 3 years as Ski Patrol for Powder Mountain and Snowbird in Utah. CERTIFIED badass BEARDED Man!
Provided Gear: Basic hiking food/snacks to keep sodium, protein and blood vessels open to prevent cramping.
Required Gear: Boots or shoes. Water Bottle.
Nice-To-Have Gear: Proper hiking rig, with waist harness, allowing you to bring along ALL the things you wish to make this hike very fun and enjoyable. Snacks, battery pack for phone/camera, hammock, light blanket to sit or lie down during breaks or at the summit. Binoculars, GPS, knife, etc... None of this is required however makes this hike much more fun and allowing you the option to hangout on top, swim or take a nap in total serenity.
Dog Friendly:
Yes
No

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