Clara and Marion Lakes Trail

Wenatchee, Washington

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Small, shallow Clara Lake is surrounded by fir and larch trees, with meadows and a rock slide at the end of a very steep trail. Because the lake bottom is sand, children can safely play in water warmed by summer sun. On a hot day even parents will want a refreshing wade. Try this hike in late September or early October, when the larch trees have a golden glow. Children attempting this hike should be strong and accustomed to steep trails, as this one is a huffer-puffer, climbing 900 feet in 1 mile. The good part is the trail is short. The bad part is that it is open to motorbikes and horses.
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)

Small, shallow Clara Lake is surrounded by fir and larch trees, with meadows and a rock slide at the end of a very steep trail. Because the lake bottom is sand, children can safely play in water warmed by summer sun. On a hot day even parents will want a refreshing wade.

Try this hike in late September or early October, when the larch trees have a golden glow. Children attempting this hike should be strong and accustomed to steep trails, as this one is a huffer-puffer, climbing 900 feet in 1 mile. The good part is the trail is short. The bad part is that it is open to motorbikes and horses.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Wenatchee
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate for children
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: July to October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,600 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Colockuk State Wildlife Area
Local Maps: USFS Okanogan and Wenatchee
Driving Directions: Directions to Clara and Marion Lakes Trail

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