No Name Lake Hike, Broken Top
With fall weather setting in, my husband and I have been trying to squeeze in a few last minute hikes that are in higher elevations. Broken Top is one of my favorite areas to visit because of the phenomenal mountain views and the plethora of wildflowers in August. Typically the area is relatively snow free in August and early September.
To reach the trailhead from FivePine Lodge, take your first left on Buckaroo Rd and continue onto E Coyote Springs Rd. This will turn into S Maple St and eventually E Tyee Drive. From E Tyee Drive, turn left onto Three Creek Lake Rd and continue 9.5 miles (about 23 minutes). This will turn into NF-16 and you will continue 4 miles (about 11 minutes). NF-16 will turn into NF-370. The dirt road proves to be a bit challenging so make sure your vehicle is well equipped as the road is not maintained. I wouldn’t suggest a small passenger vehicle driving this terrain either because it is extremely bumpy and rocky. After about 20-25 minutes on 370 you will reach forest road 380 where you will turn left. Follow this road for about 5 more minutes where you will end at the parking lot for the trailhead. On peak summer weekends, the parking lot does fill up so make sure to get there early.
The hike up to No Name Lake is about 5.3 miles out and back with about 1200 feet in elevation gain. When the hike begins you will go through a bit of forested area and then it opens up and you have views of Broken Top. You will see a sign to Green Lakes on the left, but you will want to veer to the right on the trail. I will let the pictures show you the rest.