Seven Mile Marsh TH to Cliff Lake 9-17-21

Photos by Bob and John

Four hardy hikers set off on this 11 mile hike that some of us scouted last year. It starts with a 1.7 mile trek through old growth forest to the PCT, then you head south on the PCT for 2 miles before swinging onto Seven Lakes Trail and passing Grass and Middle Lakes, ending up at Cliff Lake for lunch. The weather was cold starting out but was soon perfect and no smoke until Cliff Lake. There was smoke hanging over Devil's Peak across the lake.

On the way back we had an animated discussion of the length of the hike, with estimates from 10 to 12 miles return. The other debate was over the PCT portion, which ranged from 2 to 3 miles. On my return home I took a magnifying glass and the National Geographic map and added up the stages. The result was a distance outward bound of 5.5 miles. The trip back was shorter because we took a  shortcut up to the PCT and it was 5.2 miles. So the winning number is 10.7 miles. The distance on the PCT going out wasn't  2 miles or 3 miles. It was 2.6 miles. 

So our new hiker, Janet, can tell her doubters that she can motor with the best. John was off on the PCT portion but correct is saying that 12 miles was impossible and it was below 11. Bob Hutton was correct on the PCT portion being longer than 2 miles but a bit long at 3 miles. June Mather may have to trade in her Apple watch for a tape measure. 

All in all it was a great day and we escaped the smoke. We did 10.7 miles and 1,000'-1,200' ascent. This hike has very good trails and some great views, although there are hours of old growth forest. A "do again" for sure. Also lots of good conversation as we solved the world's problems.

John

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