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Trail

7.7 mile 12.4 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,344' 1,019 m
Descent: -3,343' -1,019 m
High: 4,662' 1,421 m
Low: 1,958' 597 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Trail shared by Jackie Clark

Journey to a downright gorgeous alpine lake!

Jackie Clark

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

According to the WTA website, the trailhead is currently inaccessible. Check here for updated information.

Overview

One of the lakes contributing to the beauty of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Also, one of the 100 Classic Hikes of Washington, so say The Mountaineers.

Need to Know

There is only enough parking for 20 cars at the trailhead.

Description

Begin your hike in a beautiful a second growth forest that could be mistaken for an old growth due to its sizable trees. The trail is easy to follow but begins switchbacks early on. At first, they are in the trees, and after you break the treeline, you continue your switchbacks on a rocky face with a welcome view of the surrounding mountains.

Before you know it, you'll find yourself on a ridge line that drops to a small lake, more or less desirable to be near, depending on how you feel about little critters and the season. Continue on to begin the descent to Blanca Lake - more primitive trail here than the rest of the hike. The gorgeous turquoise Blanca Lake is fed by the glacier in the middle of the framing peaks of Monte Cristo and Keyes.

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Oct 20, 2018
Jay Rosencrantz
Jul 28, 2018
Sophia Riffkin
12mi
Oct 2, 2017
Julia Proctor
Oct 1, 2017
Michael El-Jiz
Extra miles from closed road to trailhead 10.3mi
Sep 16, 2017
Paul Bond
Aug 28, 2017
Genna Olson
Aug 27, 2016
Michael Bautista
7.7mi
Aug 15, 2016
Theresa Võ
13mi

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  4.7 from 11 votes

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