Lake Janus Trail

Skykomish, Washington

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The Roman god Janus had two faces so he could see in two directions at once. A traveler on this trail through the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness can look toward both eastern and western Washington while walking the ridge that separates them—the Cascade Crest. Lake Janus, a beauty, is set among alpine meadows at the base of 6,007-foot Jove Peak. Adults will enjoy the scenery along the way; children can play in the lake. The trail has some steep portions but is smooth and well maintained. Note that there is a 700-foot descent; it must be climbed on the return.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The Roman god Janus had two faces so he could see in two directions at once. A traveler on this trail through the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness can look toward both eastern and western Washington while walking the ridge that separates them—the Cascade Crest.

Lake Janus, a beauty, is set among alpine meadows at the base of 6,007-foot Jove Peak. Adults will enjoy the scenery along the way; children can play in the lake. The trail has some steep portions but is smooth and well maintained. Note that there is a 700-foot descent; it must be climbed on the return.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Mid-July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,200 feet
Top Elevation: 4,850 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 144 Benchmark Mountain; USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Janus Trail

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