“A high alpine adventure with lakes and creeks for company.
— Megan W
Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Patience during the long drive to the trailhead is amply rewarded by alpine scenery and fun for all users.
Start the Washington Lake trail from the Fourth of July trailhead. Be ready for uphill with plenty of rocks and a fair amount of hiker, backpacker & bike traffic right off the bat. The grade eventually lessens, flattening out before the trail junction with Antz Basin.
Stay straight to continue on Washington Lake trail, heading through a meadow and across the outlet to Fourth of July Creek Lake. Ridgelines from the White Cloud Mountains are prominent in the background. It's a stunning backdrop and just the beginning of an endless amount of amazing scenery. The route continues on a rolling traverse followed by a quick descent to the shores of Lake Washington.
Enjoy a little more downhill before passing through a large marshy meadow to an intersection with Washington Lake Creek trail. Stay straight/right on Washington Lake trail through the valley to another short climb. The trail then descends consistently to Germania Creek trail. Note: bikes are allowed on this trail.
Flora & Fauna
Hikers enjoy the abundant wildflowers in the warmer months, while anglers fish in Fourth of July Lake.