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Holden to Hart Lake

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
48.1995, -120.7792 Map & Directions
Length
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1000 feet
Highest Point
3982 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Established campsites
  • Waterfalls
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Take in views of scenic waterfalls, fall foliage, and Bonanza Peak from the trail to Hart Lake. The trail is unique in that it begins at Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry only reachable via a combined ferry and bus trip. Continue reading

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Hiking Holden to Hart Lake

Take in views of scenic waterfalls, fall foliage, and Bonanza Peak from the trail to Hart Lake. The trail is unique in that it begins at Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry only reachable via a combined ferry and bus trip.

Start your hike from Holden Village, heading west along Railroad Creek. It is a flat journey through the valley bottom for about 3 miles. Your path will get steep as you approach the lake, but the impressive waterfall flowing out of the lake will keep you motivated to move along the trail.

Hiking in and out of cottonwood trees, you will experience autumn hues and see narrow waterfalls spilling down the valley wall. Pass a pond on your left that you would swear a moose should be wading in. WTA brushed the trail going up to Hart Lake so you can concentrate on the scenery.

At Hart Lake enjoy fishing, swimming, and hummingbird watching. In fall, the bugs should be gone, so you’ll have some peace as you absorb views of Bonanza Peak, the tallest nonvolcanic mountain in Washington.

WTA Pro Tip: Hiking out, save some room for ice cream at Holden Village. They don’t serve it every day, so if luck’s not with you, you can pick up a treat at the village gift shop instead. Arrive back early enough and you can explore the village or enjoy a hearty lunch in Holden’s cafeteria.

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Hike Description Written by
Lace Thornberg, WTA Community

Holden to Hart Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1995, -120.7792 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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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

Take the Lady of the Lake Ferry from the Lake Chelan Boat Dock or Fields Point Landing to Lucerne. From Lucerne, take a 10-mile bus ride to Holden Village (currently only running on Saturdays and Sundays). Check the ferry schedules at www.ladyofthelake.com or call (509) 682-4584. To reserve space on the bus to Holden Village, send a note via email to registrar@holdenvillage.org.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Map Holden No. 113

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Holden to Hart Lake

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