Cooney Lake

Carlton, Washington

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This 18.1-mile (total mileage) out-and-back treats riders to some magnificent scenery near and at Cooney Lake. It tests intermediate-level riders and provides a great workout for advanced riders as it makes its way up the sometimes dusty, sometimes rocky trail. the climb, through stands of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and larch, culminates in a soothing meadow and tranquil Cooney Lake. Bask in the beauty of the lake and the jumping cutthroat trout, the wildflower-laden meadow, and 8,000-foot-high angel Staircase above the lake to the west before the return descent (which includes about a mile of climbing). Look east through the trees on the way back, where you'll get some views as far below and beyond as the Colville Indian Reservation.
Mountain Bike! Washington

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Mountain Bike! Washington

by Bennett & Leman (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 18.1-mile (total mileage) out-and-back treats riders to some magnificent scenery near and at Cooney Lake. It tests intermediate-level riders and provides a great workout for advanced riders as it makes its way up the sometimes dusty, sometimes rocky trail. the climb, through stands of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and larch, culminates in a soothing meadow and tranquil Cooney Lake.

Bask in the beauty of the lake and the jumping cutthroat trout, the wildflower-laden meadow, and 8,000-foot-high angel Staircase above the lake to the west before the return descent (which includes about a mile of climbing). Look east through the trees on the way back, where you'll get some views as far below and beyond as the Colville Indian Reservation.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 18.1
Elevation Gain: 3,140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: July through October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 7,241 feet
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-997-2131
Local Maps: Green Trails #115 Prince Creek, Twisp Ranger District map, and Sawtooth Backcountry Recreation Trails.
Driving Directions: Directions to Cooney Lake

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