Getting there: There are two trails to Eagle Lake. The most well known is hiking 2 flat miles to Barclay Lake and then scrambling up the ridge from there. Less known is the easier backway in. Drive Hwy 2 and turn north on Beckler River Road just outside of Skykomish. About a mile in, turn left on FS 6517. Keep right for about 5 miles until you get to the “Y” just before Eagle Creek. Stay left at the “Y” – if you cross the bridge, you’ve gone too far. Just up from the “Y” the road makes a sharp left. Park here. The trailhead is not marked but a well worn boot path will be visible.
Hiked to Eagle Lake. Beat the crap out of myself on an easy hike and broke my fishing pole. Sometimes I just have off days.
Mt. Townsend – save that for a day I’m not so bumbling
Cabin at Eagle Lake
There was a trout here
Uh, that’s not supposed to come apart there
Lost my favorite rooster tail
It’s mocking me
Fishing fail. 🙁 I caught a nice little 7 inch trout that I let go right before this. Cast out again, snagged my lure on a rock. While trying to whip it loose, I lost my footing and jammed my foot into a rock (sure I broke a toe). I pulled a bit too hard to break the line and the pole broke instead, smacking the back of my hand. Ugh.
Once I got back to the Jeep, I decided to explore the logging roads and look for anything interesting.