Island Lake

North Bend, Washington

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This moderate 10.6-mile round-trip backpack offers a sampling of the scenic, lake-dotted Alpine Lakes Wilderness. You’ll also have access to eleven lakes cupped in forest below rocky peaks. Island Lake makes a good base for further roaming in this accessible area, only an hour’s drive from Seattle. In the southwestern corner of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the landscape is covered in heavy forest, and few peaks rise above timberline. Elevations are generally lower than in much of the rest of the wilderness, meaning that this lake-dotted region opens up for hiking earlier than many areas that remain snowbound until later in the season.
Hiking Washington

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Hiking Washington

by Ron Adkison & David Wortman (Falcon Guides)

This moderate 10.6-mile round-trip backpack offers a sampling of the scenic, lake-dotted Alpine Lakes Wilderness. You’ll also have access to eleven lakes cupped in forest below rocky peaks. Island Lake makes a good base for further roaming in this accessible area, only an hour’s drive from Seattle.

In the southwestern corner of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, the landscape is covered in heavy forest, and few peaks rise above timberline. Elevations are generally lower than in much of the rest of the wilderness, meaning that this lake-dotted region opens up for hiking earlier than many areas that remain snowbound until later in the season.

©  Ron Adkison & David Wortman/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 10.6
Elevation Gain: 1,940 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 - 6 hours
Season: Best from July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, North Bend Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Bandera
Driving Directions: Directions to Island Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

9/11/2007
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The Island Lake trail head is inaccessible, so we went on to the Mason Lake trail head called Ira Spring No. 1038. This is a very steep climb rewarded by a beautiful lake. We camped at Mason Lake and explored Rainbow lakes and Island Lake the next day. Great day hiking, quite a few people and dogs. Camping was noisy and crowded. Views were spectacular.


7/9/2007
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Head's up -- as of July 1st 2007 this trail was CLOSED due to the significant land slides up the mountain. Instead we continued down the road (West) to the trail head to Mason Lake which I would recommend.



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