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Snowall Cradle Lake

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area
47.6124, -120.9497 Map & Directions
Length
9.1 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain
2700 feet
Highest Point
6100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard

5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: Bridge out

  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

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Northwest Forest Pass

The valley that Snowall Creek runs through is laden with amazing meadows of wildflowers, great views of the peaks surrounding it and tons of wildlife. It's part of a loop that you Continue reading

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Hiking Snowall Cradle Lake

The Snowall Cradle Lake trail is part of a loop winds through mountains and valleys filled with spectacular meadows and great views of the surrounding peaks. At the head of the valley, the trail climbs to small but lovely Cradle Lake which is one of the best spots to camp on the loop.

Depart from the trailhead. The first section of your hike is along the French Creek Trail, following Snowall Creek enroute to a divide of Sixty Six Hundred Ridge, gaining 3000 vertical along your way. Then it descends to Cradle Lake and beyond to a junction with the Blackjack Ridge Trail before descending to the junction with Meadow Creek Trail.

Overall, the route has a moderate grade with some muddy sections from French Creek, and a steep grade leading to Meadow Creek.

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Snowall Cradle Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6124, -120.9497 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: Bridge out

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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

From the Wenatchee area, head west on Highway 2 towards Leavenworth. Just before entering town, and just past the Safeway on your right, turn left onto the East Leavenworth Road and follow for 3.4 miles. Turn left on Icicle Creek Road and follow for about 14.6 miles to a point where the Icicle Creek Road turns sharply to the left and quickly crosses Icicle Creek on a large bridge. Then continuing for 1.8 miles to the road's end and trailhead.

From the Puget Sound area, drive east on Highway 2 towards Leavenworth. Just before entering into Leavenworth as you leave Tumwater Canyon and before the 76 Service Station, turn right (south) onto Icicle Creek Road (Forest Service Road 7600.)

Follow the Icicle Creek Road for about 16.5 miles to a point where the Icicle Creek Road turns sharply to the left and quickly crosses Icicle Creek on a large bridge. Then continuing for 1.8 miles to the road's end and trailhead.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

French Creek (#1595), Snowall Cradle Lake (#1560)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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