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The Winchester Mountain Trail is a difficult 2.1 mile hike. This relatively short but steep trail leads to a lookout shelter with panoramic views. Dangerous snow slopes in early summer and a profusion of berries along the trail make this trail better suited for fall hiking. Beginning the climb up the slope of Winchester Mountain, a trail junction is encountered in 0.5 mile. The right fork is High Pass Trail #676. Stay left to continue to the Winchester Lookout. Follow switchbacks upward through heather, wildflowers, berries and occasional small trees until reaching the summit, elevation 6521 feet. The lookout building, which was constructed in 1935, is no longer used by the Forest Service for fire detection. The trail enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness.

Directions: From Glacier, Follow Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 east for 12 miles to Forest Road #3065 (Twin Lakes Road). The road is located on the left side of the highway just beyond the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road and continue approximately 4.5 miles to the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. The remainder of the road beyond this point is not maintained for passenger vehicles. Those persons with a 4 wheel drive high clearance vehicles may be able to continue the remaining 2 miles to Twin Lakes. Check with the ranger station for road conditions before heading out. The trailhead is located between the two lakes.

Elevation: 5,200 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet

Distance: 2.1 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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