14 miles of hiking • 2250' elevation gain •
Marvelous plan B. We were going to hike into the lakes via Thomas Lake TH but one of our vehicles vetoed that idea due to the washout. Instead Susan quickly came up with the idea of starting at the Falls Creek Horse Camp TH which was close by. There are some nice offtrail and abandoned trail options in that area, but we stuck to the main trail to Indian Racetrack then took the cutoff to the PCT and made Blue Lake our turnaround. The PCT ridge walk over Berry Mountain was especially nice. Lots of sporadic views of all the volcanoes and lovely subalpine forest. No bugs during the day and a wonderful adventure.