Frater Lake waits for you to swim in it
Trail #1 around Frater Lake: The trail is another matter. I would do this simple trail first to get your bearings before wandering off into the seemingly endless trails here. From parking lot pedal toward and past the restrooms as you will be circumnavigating the lake in a clockwise direction. Mainly the trail will be marked by blue diamonds which by the end of this trail will be your best friend when you can't see any trail. Stay on singletrack marked with blue diamonds until you come across a doubletrack trail at .4 miles that you do not want to follow as it goes immediately to the highway. Continuing on singletrack uphill now into an area of climbing which will bring you into the rock formations called Coyote rock, tricky and fun. Sweat and breathing. Soon after the huge rocks (approx. .5 mile) you will come to a Y. Stay on the right here on the ski trail not the rutted one. The going is slight climbing for a while in spongy forest floored doubletrack that is somewhat difficult. The route becomes boggy as in swampy. Descend on the doubletrack until at about .5 miles you will cross two newer/narrow wood bridges. Fly downhill but watch carefully for the trail switches off to the right and it is almost impossible to see. All you will see is a blue diamond that is off to the right more than usual. You might as well go straight until you see a gravel road ahead and then backtrack. Go towards the blue diamond and you will see a slight trail which will become more obvious. Follow the trail into the woods and through a usually impassable except for hikeabike bog for .6 miles to a marked with a sign Scudder Junction. Turn left onto Tiger Loop. Shortly you will approach a fence bounding Teepee Seed Orchard. Do not pedal up the fence line. Look further to the right to find a blue diamond on a tree. Move toward it. The trail will become more obvious. Follow blue diamonds. You will soon reach a Y intersection where both trails are signed. Take either the short loop version or the long long version depending on your condition at this point. Now you are riding in a forest with no trail, but it is extremely smooth! Watch for log bridges that are old and in disrepair. Either way you go it is fun here. Try them all. You rely totally on the blue diamonds at this point. I really liked this untrail. This will bring you to a barbed-wired cattle gate that you need to cross through. Turn right onto faint trail marked with, yes, you guessed it. Parallel the highway back to your car.