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Owyhigh Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (2)

Pass multiple mountain lakes and meadows, teeming with wildflowers on this lengthy trail.


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8.4

Miles

13.5

KM

Point to Point

5,353' 1,632 m

High

2,930' 893 m

Low

1,909' 582 m

Up

2,458' 749 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Treat water before drinking. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Description

The trail climbs steadily for 3.5 miles through the forest on a series of switchbacks to reach the lakes. From Owyhigh Lakes basin, continue south and begin the descent along Kotsuck Creek.

As you skirt the southern walls of Barrier Peak (6,377') and Buell Peak (5,599'), the trail steadily drops into a densely forested area, just north of the creek. Upon crossing Boundary Creek the trail heads southeast, eventually meeting Eastside Trail. After paralleling Eastside for a few hundred meters, Owyhigh switchbacks down to Rt. 123, the trail's terminus.

Flora & Fauna

Multiple secluded mountain lakes and meadows aglow with wildflowers in mid-summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Robson

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  3.5 from 2 votes

#13

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#20983

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  3.5 from 2 votes
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#1,026

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#20,983

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Owyhigh Lakes and Governors Ridge/Barrier Peak.
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Jul 16, 2019
Nathan Willard
We hiked in to the Tamanos creek campground. AMAZING camp site by two waterfalls and a short walk to a beautiful meadow. 4mi — 2h 00m
Jul 13, 2019
Tyler Graber
Sep 1, 2018
Ken Powers
8.4mi