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Results List

12 Hikes
Williams Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3600 ft.
Highest Point: 6500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(4 votes)
To see beautiful Williams Lake, set in a meadow basin with pockets of larch trees, a hiker must earn it. The shallow gradient trail takes 7 miles to gain 3600 feet and is mostly on a fire-scorched, sun-baked south facing slope where the sparse shade offers a welcome respite from the heat.
 
 
Twisp Pass

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2460 ft.
Highest Point: 6064.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(12 votes)
Twisp Pass is a stunner in summer and autumn. Though it is a bit of a drive to get there from almost anywhere in the state, it's well worth it!
 
 
Copper Pass via Twisp River

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
10.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 6720.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.14
(7 votes)
Take an old prospector’s trail from valley to the heights of Copper Pass. Of course, the style of route is direct, with more up the fall line than switchbacks. Once there, enjoy the views west to the heart of the North Cascades and take time for exploration in all directions.
 
 
Beaver Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
2.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5500.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.43
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cub Creek Fire
Beaver Lake is a nice short walk through starkly beautiful terrain still recovering from the Okanagon Complex fires in 2015.
 
 
Wolf Creek

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4270 ft.
Highest Point: 5738.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.86
(7 votes)
8/10/21 Trail Closed: This trail is closed due to the Cedar Creek Fire
At the end of the Wolf Creek Trail lies a magnificently remote place: Gardner Meadows, a subalpine valley of old growth firs and myriad other plant and animal life. Once the snow melts, it is a bonanza of wildflowers and a haven for Columbian ground squirrels, birds, deer, and other animals.
 
 
Paul Mountain Snowshoe

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1280 ft.
Highest Point: 3383.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.50
(2 votes)
A few inches of new snow prior to a mid-week snowshoe outing transform this trip into a tranquil walk into the Eightmile Creek valley. Extending the trip with a climb out of the valley leads to viewpoints along the road.
 
 
Martin Lakes

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
14.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2440 ft.
Highest Point: 6840.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(5 votes)
Enjoy the solitude at two small lakes set in a forested basin adjacent to the crest of well-named Sawtooth Ridge. Below the rocky crest and its scree slopes is a fringe of larch, golden in the fall. At the edge of this fringe and a few hundred feet above the lakes are two tarns, each in their own basin, accessible via cross-country travel.
 
 
Louis Lake

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
9.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2240 ft.
Highest Point: 5360.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.40
(10 votes)
Hike through a fire-devastated forest to an alpine lake set below steep cliffs with a waterfall inlet. Rennie Peak looms to the south and a mature forest shelters many campsites. Come for the day, or camp and explore.
 
 
Crater Lakes

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
8.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2220 ft.
Highest Point: 6980.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.77
(13 votes)
Hike to a pair of beautiful lakes. Haloed by larch on the steep, rocky slopes above, once here, you'll see the reason this area is called the Golden Lakes.
 
 
West Fork Buttermilk

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3615 ft.
Highest Point: 7480.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.25
(4 votes)
Hike this 7.4 mile forested trail in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. You'll wander among gorgeous stands of ponderosa pines and larches, reaching 7,480 feet at Fish Creek Pass.
 
 
Sawtooth Lakes Loop

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
24.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 8000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.33
(3 votes)
This is a classic multi-day backpack ideal in larch season.
 
 
Chelan Summit

North Cascades -- Methow/Sawtooth

 
38.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 6500 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
There is no doubt that Chelan Summit Trail is a long and challenging hike but once you reach the summit it will have been worth every step. You will get to experience flower filled meadows, rugged peaks, high alpine lakes, golden larches, and the North Cascades at your door step.