Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

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Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

Post by jborvrnut » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:15 pm

I'm doing a 3 day loop from the Rush Creek trail head and was planning on staying at Waugh Lake the first night, Thousand Island lake the second and hiking out on the 3rd day but I saw that Waugh has been drained due to dam maintenance. Are there decent spots to overnight above and or below the dam? I'm assuming that above would be better given they are storing construction equipment below. Or are there any alternatives to the Waugh area? I have 4 people going with me including 2 who have very little experience but they are in good physical shape. That being said, I wanted to keep the mileage around 6-7 miles each day so it doesn't feel like a forced march to the newcomers. Thanks in advance for your help and or suggestions.

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Re: Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

Post by balzaccom » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:40 pm

Seems like I remember some nice cascades on the creek flowing into Waugh Lake---might be some good camping there. And there are certainly some sites below the lake along the creek...

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Re: Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

Post by valeofoakland » Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:00 pm

If you're bringing newcomers up from Rush Creek, I suggest starting as early as possible. It's a tough, exposed haul up to Gem Lake...

I recall there being lots of potential camps just below Waugh along the river.

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Re: Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

Post by maverick » Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:34 pm

Welcome to HST! :)
Why not start from the River Trail via Agnew Meadow and come back via the High Trail? There are permit left Mon -Thur (24th-27th) of Sept, and then Sun-Thur (30th-4th) of the first week of Oct? 7.3 miles would have you arriving at 1000 Is Lake the first day, and nowhere as tough as the Rush Creek Trail and much more scenic, especially the High Trail on your way back. :)
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Re: Waugh Lake area end of Sept.

Post by oldhikerQ » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:47 pm

i second Mav's suggestions. Just got back from a trip using the Rush Creek trail. Both the High and River trails are more scenic (and less difficult) than the Rush Creek trail. We just chose the Rush Ck trail because it was a shorter way into Marie and Davis Lakes.
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