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Snowall Cradle Lake

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

Length

9.1 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2018
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
 
 

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.

 

Snowall Cradle Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

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

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
5/15/2021 - Trail inaccessible: The bridge over French Creek 1.5 miles up is broken due to damage from heavy winter snowpack. There is no way to ford the creek and no access to French Creek Trail or beyond
 

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