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So children 1-4 (#5 stayed home) and I took a three day trip to Robin and Tuck Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness to avoid the 100 degree heat at home. The stats:
Trailhead: 3419 ft
Tuck Lake: 5279 ft
Robin Lake: 6190 ft
Trail: 5-7 miles, no idea really
Ages of the kids: 6 (and a half she reminds me) to 13
Also brought Noel the Wonder Dog. We saw the south end of a northbound b bear as we neared the TH. Is it wrong that I consider Noel as the "Sacrificial Dog," meaning that one of her functions is to find bears and cougars and keep them occupied while us two-legs make good our escape?
Little Tuck Lake, Tuck Lake proper is behind the trees, we liked camping by the smaller one b/c it was more private. Fantastic swimming. Our neighbor Troy let the kids try his slingshot, he offered $100 if the kids could hit someone on the far side of the lake, until practice revealed that this was a distinct possibility.
Robin Lake is possitively infested with salt-deprived goats who will follow you around to watch you pee then fight over it. They also munch boots and pack-straps. I watched one take off with a guy's sock. They will walk up to within six feet of people. I know, I know, GOATS HAVE KILLED PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON! I kept the Wonder Dog away while the kids took pictures of the goats.
Near Robin Lk. I actually gave up the mountain boots for trail runners on this trip AND LOVED IT! My ankles are a little tired but the lighter feet and improved dexterity helped a ton on the slabby hike up to Robin lk.
Cle Elum River to clean up on the way to lunch in town then home.
My six (and a half) year old was leading the trail section of the hike the whole time, she carried her sleeping bag, gummi bears, a whistle and a water bottle. The rest carried most of their own stuff. I got the tent but #1 and #2 are learning camp cooking so they got the stove and fuel.
Thanks for reading.