Peek A Boo Lake Trail #656

Starting off on Peek A Boo Lake Trail, from there on the trail is a series of ups & Downs, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The trail starts off on a old logging road, after hiking 0.4 mile the road narrows into a trail through lush forest with stately hemlocks and Alaska Yellow Cedars. At this point the hike will be a steady climb of several switchbacks with a array of summer wildflowers such as Elephant's Head, Indian Pipe and Valerian
The wildflowers of the meadows near Peek A Boo Lake, photo by Martha Rasmussen

The hike continues like a roller-coaster with several ups and downs and you wonder if the lake is just around the corner or the next descend down the slope. Once you reach the ridge the hiking gets easier and opens up into alpine meadow of  heathers,
Fragrant Bog Orchid, Violets and so much more. As you walk along the meadow you will see a way trail that takes you to a great view of White Chuck Mountain and the Sauk River below. After passing through the meadow, the trail starts to descend down into the forest and on to the lake
Peek A Boo Lake, photo by Martha Rasmussen

Once you get down to the lake you will
notice there are three primitive campsites nestled along the lake amongst trees and boulders for those who wish to make this an overnight trip. There are some way trails around the lake, a bit of bush whacking, to the north end of the lake but the view of the lake with Mount Pugh in the background will make it worth it.

To get to Peek A Boo Lake Tail #656, drive south from the Darrington Ranger Station towards the Mountain Loop Highway #20 for 9.2 miles, make a right turn on to FS Rd. #2080, drive 1.1 miles to FS Rd. #2081, continue to FS Road #2086 and drive to the end of this road to the trailhead.

Total length of this trail is 2.2 miles one way. Starting elevation is 3200 feet and ending elevation is 4000 feet with a gain of 800 feet. This is a pretty good climb in parts of the trail, bring plenty of drinking water and in Summer throw some bug repellent in your pack. Trail Pass is required.