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Holden Lake

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
48.2004, -120.7900 Map & Directions
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1735 feet
Highest Point
5300 feet
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View of Holden Lake and the Mary Green glacier on Bonanza on a sunny day. Photo by nwroth. Full-size image
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Holden Lake is set in a fantastic glacial basin, with stunning views of Bonanza, the highest non-volcanic peak in Washington State. It can be a hot, brushy bushwhack to the lake, but the views from lakeshore are worth it. Continue reading

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Hiking Holden Lake

Holden Lake is set in a fantastic glacial basin, with stunning views of Bonanza, the highest non-volcanic peak in Washington State.

Beginning from Holden, hike out on the Hart and Lyman lake trail, which meanders along the the Railroad Creek valley. Stay on this trail for a mile, gently gaining elevation before arriving at the junction for the Holden Lake trail. 

Turn right onto this trail. Now your route begins climbing with intent, on a dry, south-facing slope. The open pine forest provides little shade, and there are few water opportunities. Have what water you think you'll need, or bring a filter to gather some at the lake for the route back. 

The trail sees some maintenance but due to it's remoteness and the fact that it traverses avalanche chutes, the way can be quite brushy. But keep at it, and after four miles of switchbacks and climbing, you'll finally arrive lakeside. No overnight camping is allowed on the within 200 feet of the lakeshore, but you can linger as long as you like here during the day, taking in the dramatic glaciers on Bonanza, the mountain looming over the lake to the west. 

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Holden Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2004, -120.7900 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

There are no roads you can drive to this trailhead.

From Chelan, take the Lady of the Lake ferry to Lucerne Landing (there are no roads that connect the City of Chelan to Lucerne or Holden). From Lucerne, take the Holden Village bus 11 miles on Forest Service Road 8301 to Holden Village. Your trail trail begins at the West side of Holden Village along the Holden Road.

Holden Village asks that hikers reserve bus space in advance. Round trip bus fare is $15 per person; $10 one way. Reserve your spot by contacting Holden Village.

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Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Holden Lake (#1251), Hart and Lyman Lake (#1256)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District

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