Chain Lakes

OutAndBack • 22 mi • 0 ft

Don’t let the dog roam too far ahead on this trail—he could run all the way to Mexico without leaving the path. That’s right, Mexico. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) runs 2600 miles from Canada to Mexico along the spine of the Cascades, and this hike uses a chunk of that grand interstate trail to get you and your pooch into some of the most awesome high country of the Cascades. You may not believe that right off the bat—the trail begins by climbing the slopes of a developed ski area—but as you leave the resort behind you’ll climb into high alpine meadows and pass some of the most beautiful wilderness lakes you’ll find anywhere.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Scenic
Length: 22 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: 4
Duration: 2 days minimum
Season: Mid-July through early October
Other Uses: Dogs must be leashed on this trail.
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
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The Forest service road to the trailhead is closed for repair until January 2010 at the earliest.


Okay, yes, the dogs loved this hike. Probably only because they didn't remember puking on the way there and were konked out on the way home. It's a wide open, easy trail. Almost too easy at points and gets kind of boring. And I'm shocked that no one here has mentioned yet the HORRIBLE 12 mile pot-hole filled semi-paved road you have to drive to get to it. I drive a pretty big 2007 Tacoma, and I was still scared sh*tless that I was going to completely screw up my alignment or snap an axle. These weren't like six inch potholes. Some were, but every other one was maybe 18-24 inches deep. Yeah, no joke. It took us nearly an hour to drive that 12 miles. Just be forwarned. It was beautiful, but we're never going back because of that road. You'll see what I mean if you go - it's not like most dirt roads with gradual dips and soft edge pot holes. These will jar you. Okay, I'll get off it now :)

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