Starting at a little under 7,000 feet in elevation and never dropping below 6,200 feet, your hike on Buckskin Ridge will provide miles of dramatic views.
Get to know the area by trying to identify nearby peaks and the bright array of colorful wildflowers. Revel in Indian paintbrush, yellow aster, lupine, and countless other varieties as you gaze upon the lush fields below you. In autumn, stately larch groves add their color to the landscape, and in spring, babbling brooks accompany hikers on their way.
From the roadside trailhead, 100 feet of elevation gain awaits you; the elevation gain and loss is constant on this hike, but that just allows for constantly varying angles of the beauty that surrounds you.
As you head up the ridge, enter the majestic Pasayten Wilderness. The route takes you along Gold Ridge drops about two hundred feet along a nicely graded trail through talus slopes. Just past the talus, enter wildflower-filled meadows, larch groves and subalpine forest.
Dayhikes of this sort are hard to come by because it starts so high and stays high, keeping you in the subalpine zone for the entirety of the hike, but chances are you won’t meet many people on the trail. Stay on Gold Ridge for as long as you’d like. There’s no hurry to speed to your destination -- the journey is as enthralling as a hike can be.
It's about 4.6 miles to the quaint little lake, a shallow pool that sits among stubby firs in a grassy meadow. Small trout make their home here, so anglers, don’t forget your fishing rod.
When you've cooled off at the lake and taken in as many sights as you can, head back to your car, enjoying ever more new views of the wilderness around you.
WTA Pro Tip: Stay at the Harts Pass campground before or after your hike. Be warned that there is no water, and you must bring your own firewood, but the sunsets and sunrises here are not to be missed.
- 9.2 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 2800 feet
- Highest Point
- 6950 feet
Trail closed: Buckskin Ridge trail is closed north of Silver Creek to Robinson Creek junction due to wildfire activity
Hiking Silver Lake
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.7323, -120.6682 Open in Google Maps