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Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
48.0238, -120.6470 Map & Directions
Length
16.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2600 feet
Highest Point
5750 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
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  • Ridges/passes
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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Northwest Forest Pass

A hike to two lakes situated in a remote hanging valley in the Entiat, this beautiful hike is ideal for adventurous backpackers in the autumn who are looking for larches. Continue reading

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Hiking Larch Lakes (Entiat)

This hike is a tough one for those who try and tackle it in one day, but the larch trees are stunning here and if a day is all you have, try and catch them on a sunny one. The golden needles glinting in the sunlight are gorgeous, particularly so if you can get out there on a weekday and enjoy the surreal views to yourself.

Hike along a dry, flat trail for 3.5 miles until you reach a fork. Taking the right fork offers a more direct route to your destination but involves fording the Entiat River. Turning left takes hikers up Cow Creek Meadows to Myrtle Lake, a scenic place to rest your legs before rejoining the Larch Lakes Trail.

Hike along above a steep hillside above the Entiat River and cross Larch Creek, before beginning a steep ascent that only relents once you arrive at your destination. Enjoy views of a dreamy waterfall misting the craggy rocks that hold the lakes you are headed for. Once you pop over the rocky wall, you will be greeted by a quiet alpine lake. This may offer rest and respite for most hikers, but carrying on just a half mile further will bring you to the upper lake, nearly twice as large as the lower lake.

Larch trees cling to the rocky walls around both lakes and offer an otherworldly backdrop for your lunchtime view. Rest up and swim, then head back.

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Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0238, -120.6470 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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

The Entiat River Road (FR 51) is just south of the town of Entiat on SR 2/US-97 N.  The trailhead is a little over 38 miles up the valley a short distance past where the road (FR 5100) turns to gravel at the Cottonwood campground.  There is a vault toilet at the campground junction and at the trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Larch Lakes (#1430)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

Central Cascades

Craig Romano

Green Trails Lucerne 114

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Larch Lakes (Entiat)

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