This hike is not going to be added to our list of 200 favorite hikes. Temperatures were in the upper 50s, but it felt colder because of the wind, rain and overcast. We had sprinkles off and on until early afternoon when the sun came out as we were finishing the hike.
Turns out this area is ideal mosquito breeding habitat. The DEET keeps them from landing and biting but we carried a constant cloud of buzzing pests along with us for most of the hike.
Perhaps the best part of the hike was the first 2 1/2 miles as we made our way northwest around the ponds and small lakes on the west side of Four Mile Lake. Lots of blow down and dead trees through here, but also an interesting trail through the woods with extensive huckleberry plants on the forest floor.
After making the turn and heading south on the PCT it was mostly a heads down trek through the woods. We were looking for the turn and trail to Freye Lake but were unable to find them.
The shuttle should have been around 30 minutes round trip but actually took longer because Hank unfortunately lost a tire on the Four Mile Lake road.
We were able to somewhat recover our sense of well being at the Lake of the Woods restaurant via the consumption of fried foods and ice cream washed down with appropriate beverages.