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A little lake surrounded by big pines in a hidden nook above Lake Wenatchee. This is a nice place for an afternoon stroll with kids in tow, or an evening jaunt while camping down below-just don't expect to be alone.

Responding to limited parking, the Forest Service constructed this new trailhead and trail to Hidden Lake in the early 2000s. The old trail from Glacier View Campground is still in place and maintained, and when combined with a short road walk it makes for a nice loop. If you're familiar with the old trail, the first thing you'll notice about the new one is that it's not nearly as steep. In fact, it's quite pleasurable and makes an ideal trail for coaxing someone into hiking for the first time.

Follow the wide, well-groomed trail through a flat of gorgeous old-growth cedars. After 0.25 mile the forest thins, and you might be able to make out Dirtyface Peak and Lake Wenatchee through the trees.

Gradually gaining elevation, greet Hidden Lake at its outlet stream near a patch of big ponderosa pines. Cross the stream on a log bridge to boulders, more big pines, and nice lakeshore lounging spots. In early season a series of cascading creeks feed into the lake from the steep slopes of Nason Ridge. Enjoy the music they make as well as the symphonies conducted by the various avian residents.
Driving Directions:

From Everett head east on US 2 for 85 miles to Coles Corner. (From Leaven-worth travel west on US 2 for 15 miles.) Turn left (north) onto State Route 207 (signed for Lake Wenatchee) and proceed 3.5 miles, turning left onto Cedar Brae Road (signed for the south entrance of Lake Wenatchee State Park). In 0.4 mile bear left at the state park entrance, following Cedar Brae Road for another 3.4 miles to the pavement's end, where the road becomes Forest Road 6750. Bear left again in another 0.4 mile, and turn left at 0.9 mile to reach the trailhead (elev. 2075 ft). Privy available.

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Hidden Lake (Lake Wenatchee) — Aug 18, 2013 — jbk51691
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We have been to Hidden Lake many times but have never hiked all the way around the lake. We started ...
We have been to Hidden Lake many times but have never hiked all the way around the lake. We started on the East end and followed a very thin trail all the way around the lake. Several blowdowns along the South shore required some manuevering around but someone obviously before us already had a route for us to follow. Be careful on the backside of the lake as my husband must have stepped on or near an underground bee/hornet next and got 3 stings. After the bee stings it was decided there was no going back but to continue around the entire lake. There were a few scramble spots along the lake but more were around the blowdown areas. Always a beautiful day at Hidden Lake. Lots of people out enjoying the water on a warm day.
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Hidden Lake (Lake Wenatchee) — Jul 12, 2013 — Simply The Wildside
Day hike
Issues: Bugs
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Road is accessible now and trail is clear. Very buggy. especially off the trail. lots of cut ...
Road is accessible now and trail is clear.

Very buggy. especially off the trail.

lots of cut trees, but all off the trail.

saw 4 dogs off leash.

will link pictures ASAP
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Hidden Lake (Lake Wenatchee) — Jun 29, 2013 — sarahu
Day hike
Issues: Road to trailhead inaccessible
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We were camping at the State Park, wanted to try this hike but noticed the "closed" signs so didn't ...
We were camping at the State Park, wanted to try this hike but noticed the "closed" signs so didn't try to make the drive up to the trailhead to check it out. Wish we would have!{From other reports, it looks like you can park about a mile away from the trailhead and still make it -- just have to walk over fallen trees} We decided to give Dirtyface Lookout a go instead, much more difficult hike but the views were great!
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Hidden Lake (Lake Wenatchee) — May 25, 2013 — OleksyFamily
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Road to trailhead inaccessible
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While the road to the trailhead is closed due to fallen trees, there is a small parking area right w...
While the road to the trailhead is closed due to fallen trees, there is a small parking area right where the road is closed and we decided to park and hike up anyway. The hike from the lot to the trailhead was about a mile (maybe a tad more), but an easy climb, with the occasional fallen tree to step over or around.

Once we made it to the trailhead, the rest of the hike posed similar challenges with many fallen trees. We had our two sons with us, 6 and almost 4, and they had a blast climbing and jumping over the trees as did our two dogs.

We had a lot of fun and the lake was a beautiful payoff at the end. There were a few other folks out hiking too, so seems it is not that closed after all.
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Hidden Lake (Lake Wenatchee) — Jul 01, 2012 — jbk51691
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Wonderful little hike, perfect for families and everyone else. Trail is wide and in great shape up t...
Wonderful little hike, perfect for families and everyone else. Trail is wide and in great shape up to the lake. Cross the 2 logs and follow the trail to the lake waterside where on a hot day this has to be the best spot around.

Heard some waterfalls at the west end of the lake and decided to find its source. After meandering thru some tight trails and scrambling upon some rocks we found the falls. They go up the entire hillside at the far west side of the lake.

Very peaceful area and the ravens cawing in the distance. Not too buggy....YET!
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Hidden Lake toadlicker.jpg
Hidden Lake. Photo by toadlicker.
Location
Hidden Lake (#1510)
Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District, Leavenworth
Statistics
Roundtrip 1.2 miles
Elevation Gain 200 ft
Highest Point 2275 ft
Features
Lakes
Old growth
Established campsites
User info
Good for kids
Northwest Forest Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Green Trails Wenatchee Lake No. 145

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