Pinnacle Lake is the most recent hike I did and it’s a hike I strongly recommend.
This beautiful lake is big enough to swim in and surrounded by big rocks to sit on. Some people were lying on rocks on the other side of the lake, however, there isn’t really a trail that goes around the lake. You’d have to walk over the rocks, which wouldn’t be too difficult. There’s also a big pond just before you get to the lake, which looks really cool.
My only complaint is that there are a few spots on the trail that are unmarked and difficult to navigate. At the beginning of the hike, the trail splits at a fork. The sign points to Pinnacle Lake and Bear Lake. Originally, we only saw one arrow and thought both lakes went in the same direction, but there is a separate arrow pointing to Pinnacle Lake. Go left.
On the way back down, we came to a spot that looked like the trail and kept going straight, which led us to a dead end and lots of trees everywhere, very shortly after. There’s actually a sharp left that goes very steep downhill – it looks more like a cliff, so be sure to keep your eye out for that on the way back down.
The trail is full of a lot of roots; many of them are very big, requiring you to almost climb over them. It was also extremely muddy and I suspect it’ll be drier in a month or two. Some small snow patches along the side of the trail toward the top were still intact, but none of them blocked the trail.
There is a lot of Trillium blooming now and a lot of Heather, which blooms later in the summer. Spring and summer are perfect for hiking this trail if you love wildflowers.
I went home for the weekend and did this hike with my mom.
My home is closer to the Seattle area so the drive to the hike was a little shorter than it would be if you drove from Western. The drive from Western would be just under two hours.
If you live near the Seattle area and are home for the weekend or the summer, this would be about an hour and a half drive.
We began the hike at 11:15 a.m. and got back at 2:15 p.m., so the hike is about three hours. I think we could have shaved off maybe a half hour of time if we didn’t sit and eat lunch at the top, would have waited another month for the trail to be less muddy and if we wouldn’t have gotten lost on the way back down.