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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

Point to Point

4,878' 1,487 m

High

4,325' 1,318 m

Low

710' 216 m

Up

605' 184 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail is not too steep and offers shorter or longer turn around points

Accessed via long, rough forest road (high clearance recommended). After driving 9 miles on FR 1107, turn left at a signed spur. Reach the trailhead at the end of the road in 1.1 miles.

Need to Know

Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking.

Description

This trail forms most of the route to Anderson and Watson Lakes, but you'll need to take the spur Anderson Lake Trail also to get the full experience.

Anderson-Watson Lakes Trail climbs over dirt, a bridge, and a boardwalk to a signed junction at 0.6 miles. The trail to the left heads to Anderson Butte, 600 feet and half a mile up, a great option if you have the extra energy. The main trail continues through heather meadows, crossing gentle streams and climbing to its highest point.

Just before reaching Watson Lakes, the trail enters the Noisy-Diobsud Wilderness. Designated in 1984, this wilderness area contains 14,666 acres of land that can only be accessed by Anderson-Watson Lakes Trail. Noisy and Diobsud are nearby creeks that flow through the wilderness.

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Shared By:

Hiking Project Staff with improvements by Brandon Fralic

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#278

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Heading down the trail towards Watson Lakes
Jan 14, 2019 near Diablo, WA
This is looking up through the first valley.
Aug 28, 2019 near Diablo, WA

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Sep 22, 2023
Anthony Palladino
Jul 9, 2021
Vinzon Peerz
Aug 26, 2019
Chris El Diablo
Beautiful trail well maintained. Several steep uphills that were challenging with heavy load. Bugs during the day were annoying! 2.5mi
Aug 23, 2019
M T
Jul 28, 2019
Kim T
Aug 31, 2018
Christine Cheung Saj
Aug 27, 2018
Ethan A
The first of Watson Lakes that you approach is nice continue along to the 2nd for better views. The walk back up the trail can be strenuous for some. 5mi
Aug 22, 2017
Jim Tsolomitis
Amazing initial view of the two Watson Lakes, only bettered by being lakeside and swimming in Watson 2. Will do this hike again & again.
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