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High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat

06.30.16

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  • Admiring the Tantalus Range along the Balck Tusk Hike.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Enjoying the view of Tenquille Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Wedge Mountain (2,891 m, central snowy peak), and the lake and glacier.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Middle Joffre Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Olympus (7,980 ft) and a herd of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) from the summit of Hurricane Hill (5,757 ft).- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The view into the eastern end of Seven Lakes Basin from the High Divide Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • A big valley view near Obstruction Point.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Paradise Park enroute to Camp Muir.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from Spary Park.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Rainier's Burroughs Mountain Trail with Curtis Ridge and the Willis Wall dominating the view.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Rainier (14,411 ft) from the Nisqually Vista Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • A beautiful end to the day near Cyclone Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Alpine views above Cyclone Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Hood from Cloud Cap Inn.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The South Sister (10,358 ft) and Moraine Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mount Hood (11,250 ft) from the Sandy River.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Retuning to Timberline Lodge above the White River drainage along the Timberline Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Following the North Fork of Whychus Creek toward Hayden Glacier. Middle Sister (10,047 ft) and Prouty Point in the distance.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Middle Sister (10,047 ft) seen from Collier Glacier.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The north peak from the summit of Diamond Peak.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Eagle Cap and Glacier Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Looking at Brokeoff Mountain (9,235 ft) and other smaller peaks from the Lassen Peak Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Mirror Lake along the Mount Whitney Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Descent to Bubbs Creek along the Rae Lakes Loop.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • A JMT hiker climbing toward Muir Pass (11,955 feet) with Lake McDermand, Wanda Lake and Mount McGee in the background.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Twin Peaks and lower Maybird Lake. - High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The ridgeline west of Monte Cristo is rugged terrain that leads to several more peaks that exceed 11,000 feet.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Sunset over Salt Lake Valley from Mount Aire.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Beautiful views along the Zirkel Circle.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Climbing the talus section of the Mount Audubon ascent.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The views back get better and better on the climb up Mount Democrat.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Chasm Lake and Longs Peak.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • A different view of Island Lake.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Cirque of the Towers waterfall.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The trail to the divide with Surprise Valley  along the Broad Canyon Hike makes several switchbacks through steep talus and scree fields.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • The Lake Creek lakes are located about halfway up the canyon on the High Ridge Trail.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
  • Marten Lake in early July.- High Altitude Hikes to Rise Above the Heat
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As the summer settles in for more consistent spells of warm weather, high country trailheads become ever-more appealing respites from the swelter. Trails that have vanished for the winter beneath nourishing snows wait to greet you like old friends, or perhaps new ones that keep you exploring unfamiliar terrain. Leaving the lower elevations behind for these seasonally accessible areas means cooler, fresher air in your lungs, clear night skies, and with any luck, a refreshing mountain lake in which to swim. There's no shortage of higher elevation adventures to peruse on Outdoor Project, but here's a little sample to start the process. Remember that the Nearby Adventure section at the end of each adventure page can help you plan an itinerary of additional and similar adventures. And don't forget to tell us about your experience in the trip comments. Happy hiking!

British Columbia

Getting some elevation above Garabaldi Lake on the Black Tusk Hike. Photo by Duncan Sadava.
  • Black Tusk Hike. Total Distance: 30.00 km (18.64 mi). Trailhead Elev.: 585 m (1,919 ft). Net Elev. Gain: 1,625 m (5,331 ft).
  • Tenquille Lake. Total Distance 10.50 km (6.52 mi). Trailhead Elev.: 1,402 m (4,600 ft). Net Elev. Gain: 275 m (902 ft)
  • Wedgemount Lake. Total Distance: 14.00 km (8.70 mi). Trailhead Elev.: 800 m (2,625 ft). Net Elev. Gain: 1,220 m (4,003 ft).

Washington

Idaho

Wyoming

Alpine sunflower and Indian paintbrush flower in the Wind River Range. Photo by Justin Michael.
  • Taggart + Bradley Lakes. Total Distance: 6.50 mi (10.46 km). Trailhead Elev.: 6,625 ft (2,019 m). Net Elev. Gain: 585 ft (178 m).
  • Cirque of the Towers. Total Distance: 19.00 mi (30.58 km). Trailhead Elev.: 9,100 ft (2,774 m). Net Elev. Gain: 1,800 ft (549 m).

Oregon

  • Timberline Trail in the Mount Hood Wilderness. Total Distance: 39.00 mi (62.76 km). Trailhead Elev.: 5,960 ft (1,817 m). Net Elev. Gain: 4,060 ft (1,237 m).
  • Middle Sister in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Total Distance: 16.40 mi (26.39 km). Trailhead Elev.: 5,290 ft (1,612 m). Net Elev. Gain: 4,757 ft (1,450 m).
  • Glacier Lake. Total Distance: 27.00 mi (43.45 km). Trailhead Elev.: 4,659 ft (1,420 m). Net Elev. Gain: 4,000 ft (1,219 m).

California

  • Lassen Peak. Total Distance: 5.20 mi (8.37 km). Trailhead Elev.: 8,500 ft (2,591 m). Net Elev. Gain: 1,919 ft (585 m).
  • Mount Whitney via Whitney Portal. Total Distance: 22.00 mi (35.41 km). Trailhead Elev.: 8,360 ft (2,548 m). Net Elev. Gain: 6,100 ft (1,859 m).
  • Rae Lakes Loop. Total Distance: 42.00 mi (67.59 km). Trailhead Elev.: 5,035 ft (1,535 m). Net Elev. Gain: 6,943 ft (2,116 m).

Utah

  • Mount Superior + Monte Cristo. Total Distance: 6.20 mi (9.98 km). Trailhead Elev.: 8,640 ft (2,633 m). Net Elev. Gain: 2,492 ft (760 m).
  • Kessler Peak Loop Hike. Total Distance: 5.00 mi (8.05 km). Trailhead Elev.: 7,493 ft (2,284 m). Net Elev. Gain: 2,953 ft (900 m).
  • Mount Aire Hike. Total Distance: 3.50 mi (5.63 km). Trailhead Elev.: 6,686 ft (2,038 m). Net Elev. Gain: 1,987 ft (606 m).

Colorado

Mount of the Holy Cross. Photo by Louie Traub.
  • Zirkel Circle Hike. Total Distance: 11.20 mi (18.02 km). Trailhead Elev.: 8,480 ft (2,585 m). Net Elev. Gain: 2,400 ft (732 m).
  • Mount of the Holy Cross. Total Distance: 12.00 mi (19.31 km). Trailhead Elev.: 10,314 ft (3,144 m). Net Elev. Gain: 3,628 ft (1,106 m).
  • Blue Lakes. Total Distance: 10.00 mi (16.09 km). Trailhead Elev.: 9,292 ft (2,832 m). Net Elev. Gain: 2,427 ft (740 m).
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