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Upper Roaring Creek

Central Cascades


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East
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3.0 miles, roundtrip


Highest Point: 6050 ft.


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Hike a scenic ridgeline on a trail connecting Lake Julius and Lake Ethel. Views of the central Cascades abound on this rugged route outside of Leavenworth.

To reach Upper Roaring Creek, you must access it either via Lake Ethel trail, or Lake Julius. If you elect to try the Lake Ethel Trail, be prepared for a five mile, steep, dry trail that navigate through private logging area. But once you reach Upper Roaring Creek, you'll find a beautiful trail with an more alpine feel, featuring expansive views of peaks towards the north and east, including Glacier Peak, Clark Mountain, and the Chiwawa Mountains.

If you elect to visit via Lake Julius, be prepared to stay at Scottish High Camp, a private getaway that offers rides to the trailhead for Lake Julius.


Upper Roaring Creek

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7510, -120.8940 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - East

Loch Eileen (#1854.1), Lake Ethel (#1585), Upper Roaring Creek (#1584)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails No. 177 Chiwaukum Mts.

USGS Big Jim Mountain

Getting There

From the top of Stevens Pass continue 15 miles east to Gill Creek Road (Forest Road 6940), which is shortly after White Pine Road and the custom knife store. The gravel road is clearly indicated from Hwy 2 as “Gill Creek RD, Merritt, Lake Ethel Trail”.

From Leavenworth, turn left into the Gill Creek road 2.4 miles after the Nason Ridge rest area. On Gill Creek Road, turn left after crossing the Nason Creek and again turn left after crossing the train tracks. The trailhead is 1.4 miles from Hwy 2. There are about three real parking spots, but there is enough room next to the road for additional cars.

The trailhead has no facilities, but the trail enters the Alpine Lakes Wilderness right before Lake Ethel, so a free, self-issued wilderness permit is required, and available at the trailhead. No campfires are allowed above 5000 feet. Dogs are required to be on a leash.

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