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Emerald Lake via Deadman Trailhead

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range
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5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 300 ft.


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Approach a calm, quiet lake on a rugged canyon trail, where wildflowers bloom in spring, and you can rest lakeside in the heat of the summer. 

From the trailhead, hop onto the Hoodoo Canyon trail, which descends and crosses the south fork of Deadman Creek. The trail then climbs, delivering hikers to the ridge above the creek.

Views along this route are of the Kettle Range and the spectacular Hoodoo Canyon. Once you've reached the ridge, the trail descends again, forking where the Emerald Lake spur trail takes off down to the lake. Note that the trail from the canyon ledge to Emerald Lake is steep and is recommended for experienced hikers.

If you want to continue your canyon tour, it is possible to continue south on the Hoodoo Canyon trail a ways, but note that a dangerous washout exists about a mile and a half from the Trout Lake trailhead; one that the Forest Service asks hikers not attempt to cross. 


Emerald Lake via Deadman Trailhead

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.6618, -118.2792 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Okanogan Highlands/Kettle River Range

Hoodoo Canyon (#17), Emerald Lake (#94)

Colville National Forest, Three Rivers Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS: Bangs Mountain

USGS: Boyds Mountain

Getting There

From Kettle Falls, drive Highway 395 north for 10 miles to Deadman Creek Road 9565. Travel west on this road for 10 miles to the meadow. 

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