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Deep Lake, Waptus River — Jun 15, 2013 — Sir-Hikes-A-Lot
Overnight
Issues: Blowdowns | Mudholes | Water on trail | Snow on trail | Bugs
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From the TH to the Waptus River ford the trail has been cleared and is in good shape. The route is s...
From the TH to the Waptus River ford the trail has been cleared and is in good shape. The route is snow free to the Waptus ford and at the lake. There are still 3 or 4 potential fords before Waptus River, but all have rocks and logs available to cross on, if comfortable. There’s a fair amount of water on the trail.

The Waptus River ford was at a max depth of 2’ 2” (yes, I measured) and that was at either end of the ford…it was a bit shallower in the middle. The river depth can change due to many factors at any given time, so don’t assume this depth will be the same if you head out there. However, I will say that this is the lowest depth I’ve seen this early in quite some time.

From the Waptus River ford to Deep Lake there are 10-15 downed trees. Overall the trail is in pretty good shape. The trail is snow free to a little over a mile before Deep Lake, where it quickly becomes solid snow. There is the potential for 2 fords to the lake, but logs are present up/down stream if one wants to stay dry (you’ll have to hunt a bit to find them). There is still a fair amount of snow in the lake basin, but there are 2 camps melted out on the east shore.

From Deep Lake up to Cathedral Pass, the switchbacks are about 60% snow covered, with mostly solid snow from 5000’ to the pass. The first two thirds of the Peggy’s Pond spur trail is snow free, with the last third being solid snow and is a fairly steep traverse.

Watch out for the very curious Pine Marten near the Waptus River ford!

Cheers!
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Deep Lake — Sep 11, 2012 — Barbara
Multi-night backpack
Features: Ripe berries
Issues: Overgrown
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Our WTA volunteer vacation crew hiked in over Cathedral Pass to Deep Lake. We continued the work of...
Our WTA volunteer vacation crew hiked in over Cathedral Pass to Deep Lake. We continued the work of the crew from the week before, cutting back brush and improving tread on the switchbacks above Deep Lake.

About half the switchbacks are now brush-free and sections of tread have been widened and improved. There are still some narrow sections of tread on the upper switchbacks.

The view from Cathedral Pass is spectacular. Plan to take a long break there to enjoy the vistas.

Camping at Deep Lake is lovely. There are lots of PCT through-hikers using the area this time of year. Fun to talk to them - we learned a lot about long-distance hiking. However, if you're looking for a secluded time at the lake, go earlier in the season.

We woke up to frost - one morning 24 degrees and frozen boots, but the bugs were mostly gone as a result. And yum, lots of huckleberries!
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Waptus River, Deep Lake — Aug 06, 2012 — Navy Salad
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Bridge out | Bugs
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Since there's already several trip reports on this hike from the Salmon la Sac trailhead to Waptus l...
Since there's already several trip reports on this hike from the Salmon la Sac trailhead to Waptus lake, I'll just add that the horse ford is about knee deep (it's usual depth). Cold (but doable) in the morning, not that cold in the afternoon. It helps a lot to have hiking poles to keep your balance while crossing. Nice, picturesque, roomy camps at both the near end of the lake (best) and middle of the lake (nice). Bugs (mostly mosquitoes, with some flies) pretty aggressive on the trip there, but (to my pleasant surprise) not that bad at the lake. I had the lake all to myself on Aug 7 (Tuesday). Previous campers in the site adjacent to mine apparently left a bag with clothes and food, a really nice "base camp" Katadyn gravity filter (which if I hadn't been a basically honest guy would have been tempted to take with me), a nice Herculine rope and a saw.

I day hiked from Waptus lake to Deep and Deer lakes on Tuesday. Decent but unexciting. Presently, Deep lake is one of the most mosquito-infested places I've been to. As soon as I paused to take a picture, I was surrounded by about 30 big, aggressive, follow-you-whereever-you-go mosquitoes!

I agree with a previous trip report that the elevation gain is more than some books say -- my GPS said it was about 1350 feet of gain going in. Still pretty easy.
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Cathedral Rock, Peggy's Pond, Deep Lake — Jul 11, 2012 — Cheezman
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Snow on trail
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From Talecqua Meadows trailhead trail is clear of snow to Squaw Lake at 4300 feet. Snow begins afte...
From Talecqua Meadows trailhead trail is clear of snow to Squaw Lake at 4300 feet. Snow begins after Squaw Lake and makes finding the trail very difficult to Cathedral Pass, though it is uncovered in spots. Valley of Deep Lake is largely snow free. Trail to Peggy's Pond is mostly snow free. However a 50' wide snow chute across the trail, about half way to pond, caused us to abort. Could have been traversed with ice axe or avoided by dropping below. Ridge above Squaw Lake is accessible by bushwhack, is mostly snow-free and highly recommended for views of Cathedral Rock, Mount Daniels, Rainier and Stuart.
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Deep Lake — Sep 12, 2011 — treeana
Multi-night backpack
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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11 of us spent a week camped at Deep Lake, while we worked the PCT down from Cathedral Pass. The s...
 11 of us spent a week camped at Deep Lake, while we worked the PCT down from Cathedral Pass. The sunrises, sunsets, and stars at night, made this a peaceful week, ( except for the actual trail work part.) The actual work part,on those hot days made the Lake something to look forward to each afternoon! Coming home for a swim in the lake, or the deep holes along spinola Creek, very refreshing!! A week to admire Mt Daniel, and Cathedral Rock, .....sometimes just watching the light change through the day, .... A week to explore the surrounding streams and meadows, and wander the PCT through the Spinola creek valley..... couldn't ask for a more beautiful spot to spend a vacation.....
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Deep Lake. Photo by the Bakers.
WTA worked here!
2011, 2012, 2013
Location
Deep Lake (#2000), Cathedral Trail (#1345)
Snoqualmie Pass -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest - Cle Elum Ranger District
Statistics
Roundtrip 14.5 miles
Elevation Gain 2150 ft
Highest Point 5500 ft
Features
Lakes
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
Established campsites
User info
May encounter pack animals
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Green Trails No. 176 Stevens Pass

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