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Shoestring Lake

Central Washington


Central Washington -- Yakima


3.6 miles, one-way



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Located near the Manastash trail system, the Shoestring Lake Trail begins at Forest Road 3100 and ends at Shoestring Jeep Trail #4W308. This area is multi-use, including motorized vehicles, so expect some company while you're visiting. 

From the trailhead, set off up an old logging road. As you hike, you'll weave around and along the edges of clearcuts, now with healthy trees 30 feet tall or more. A quarter-mile from the trailhead, arrive at a junction with South Manastash Trail, which is 2.2 miles long and heads east to link up with the Keenan Meadows Trail near the Manastash Campground. You'll go through a burn area from 2013, and then proceed through a clearcut (last cut in 1960), continuing on the South Fork Manastash. It continues to climb to trail’s end at the Shoestring 4x4 Trail 4W308.

Shoestring Lake itself can be found about three-quarters of a mile west of the junction with the 4x4 trail. Though the lake is shallow, you may be lucky enough to find fish. Look for cutthroat trout; they may be spawning in the springs and outlet.  


Shoestring Lake

Map & Directions


Central Washington -- Yakima

Shoestring Lake (#1385)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

Getting There

From I90, take exit 101 west of Ellensburg and travel south on the Thorp Highway for two miles. Take a right onto Miller Road and follow it to the junction with Robinson Canyon Road, where Miller changes to Cove Road.

Follow Cove Road to the junction with Manastash Road and turn right and follow Manastash Road to the end of the pavement. Continue on Forest Road 3100 about 3 miles beyond Buck Meadows to the trailhead.

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