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Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Central Cascades


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


Gain: 2600 ft.
Highest Point: 5750 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This hike is a tough one for those who try and tackle it in one day, but the larch trees are stunning here and if a day is all you have, try and catch them on a sunny one. The golden needles glinting in the sunlight are gorgeous, particularly so if you can get out there on a weekday and enjoy the surreal views to yourself.

Hike along a dry, flat trail for 3.5 miles until you reach a fork. Taking the right fork offers a more direct route to your destination but involves fording the Entiat River. Turning left takes hikers up Cow Creek Meadows to Myrtle Lake, a scenic place to rest your legs before rejoining the Larch Lakes Trail.

Hike along above a steep hillside above the Entiat River and cross Larch Creek, before beginning a steep ascent that only relents once you arrive at your destination. Enjoy views of a dreamy waterfall misting the craggy rocks that hold the lakes you are headed for. Once you pop over the rocky wall, you will be greeted by a quiet alpine lake. This may offer rest and respite for most hikers, but carrying on just a half mile further will bring you to the upper lake, nearly twice as large as the lower lake.

Larch trees cling to the rocky walls around both lakes and offer an otherworldly backdrop for your lunchtime view. Rest up and swim, then head back.


Larch Lakes (Entiat)

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0238, -120.6470 Open map in new window


Central Cascades -- Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Larch Lakes (#1430)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Central Cascades

Craig Romano

Green Trails Lucerne 114

Getting There

The Entiat River Road (FR 51) is just south of the town of Entiat on SR 2/US-97 N.  The trailhead is a little over 38 miles up the valley a short distance past where the road (FR 5100) turns to gravel at the Cottonwood campground.  There is a vault toilet at the campground junction and at the trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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