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Holden to Hart Lake

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
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9.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 3982 ft.


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Take in views of scenic waterfalls, fall foliage, and Bonanza Peak from the trail to Hart Lake. The trail is unique in that it begins at Holden Village, a Lutheran ministry only reachable via a combined ferry and bus trip.

Start your hike from Holden Village, heading west along Railroad Creek. It is a flat journey through the valley bottom for about 3 miles. Your path will get steep as you approach the lake, but the impressive waterfall flowing out of the lake will keep you motivated to move along the trail.

Hiking in and out of cottonwood trees, you will experience autumn hues and see narrow waterfalls spilling down the valley wall. Pass a pond on your left that you would swear a moose should be wading in. WTA brushed the trail going up to Hart Lake so you can concentrate on the scenery.

At Hart Lake enjoy fishing, swimming, and hummingbird watching. In fall, the bugs should be gone, so you’ll have some peace as you absorb views of Bonanza Peak, the tallest nonvolcanic mountain in Washington.

WTA Pro Tip: Hiking out, save some room for ice cream at Holden Village. They don’t serve it every day, so if luck’s not with you, you can pick up a treat at the village gift shop instead. Arrive back early enough and you can explore the village or enjoy a hearty lunch in Holden’s cafeteria.


Holden to Hart Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1995, -120.7792 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Chelan Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Map Holden No. 113

Getting There

Take the Lady of the Lake Ferry from the Lake Chelan Boat Dock or Fields Point Landing to Lucerne. From Lucerne, take a 10-mile bus ride to Holden Village (currently only running on Saturdays and Sundays). Check the ferry schedules at or call (509) 682-4584. To reserve space on the bus to Holden Village, send a note via email to


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