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Trip Report

Entiat River, Larch Lakes (Entiat) & Pomas Creek

Central Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Jul 18, 2020

Type of Hike

Multi-night backpack

Trail Conditions

Trail difficult/impossible to navigate:
    Trees down across trail,
    Overgrown in places.


Road suitable for all vehicles


Bugs were an annoyance


Snow free

Spent Saturday night at Snowbrushy Meadows, skeeters were a nuisance, flies were even more annoying, but really not too bad. Up the next morning and crossed the Entiat at Aurora Creek, calf-deep, brisk, and refreshing. I could have crossed feet dry on the log 50 feet upstream, but where's the fun in that? No issues at all on #1405, but things started to get interesting once I turned onto #1453 for the climb up to Pomus Pass. I almost immediately lost the trail and bushwacked to the (feet dry) crossing of Pomas Creek where things got *real* interesting for the next few miles. The lower part of #1453 is in the burn area so I kept on losing the trail, finding it again, losing it again, repeat... and basically just ended up bushwacking straight up until I definitively found the overgrown track up and out of the valley to Pomas Pass and the junction with #1430 where the bugs started to get bad. No issues with the trail once on #1430, other than the seemingly never ending climb! Made camp at Upper Larch Lake and had the place to myself except for the hordes of hungry skeeters. Up before dawn to watch Venus and then the Sun rise with my coffee before hiking out via #1408 and #1404 with a brief stop at Cow Creek Meadows to pump water and feed the hordes of skeeters.

The moral of the story? Other than #1453 the trails are in pretty good shape, and the skeeters are horrible at higher elevations.