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Washington Lake

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Length

14.7 Miles 23.6 Kilometers


Elevation

3,055' 931 m

Ascent

-3,054' -931 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

9,565' 2,915 m

High

7,689' 2,344 m

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A high alpine adventure with lakes and creeks for company.

Megan W

Overview

Patience during the long drive to the trailhead is amply rewarded by alpine scenery and fun for all users.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Description

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.

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Jun 25, 2016
Jim Jones
Nice hike up to a couple of beautiful lakes can be lengthened into a multiday hiding out the champagne trail 6mi — 4h 00m

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