Shoe Lake

Naches, Washington

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Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail above a rocky cirque to alpine meadows bursting with blossoms. Then descend to Shoe Lake, socked away in a lofty basin. Goat Rocks views are wonderful. Mountain goat viewing is likely. And while camping is verboten at Shoe, it’s a great place to kick back for a picnic or nap. A popular destination easily accessible from a major highway, Shoe Lake would be overrun if it was a shorter hike. Its shoreline, however, was heavily impacted by horses and campers, leading the Forest Service to ban camping here.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike along the Pacific Crest Trail above a rocky cirque to alpine meadows bursting with blossoms. Then descend to Shoe Lake, socked away in a lofty basin. Goat Rocks views are wonderful. Mountain goat viewing is likely. And while camping is verboten at Shoe, it’s a great place to kick back for a picnic or nap.

A popular destination easily accessible from a major highway, Shoe Lake would be overrun if it was a shorter hike. Its shoreline, however, was heavily impacted by horses and campers, leading the Forest Service to ban camping here.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Naches
Distance: 15.7
Elevation Gain: 2,625 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Best mid-July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Naches Ranger District, Naches
Local Maps: Green Trails, Goat Rocks William O. Douglas Wilderness No. 303S
Driving Directions: Directions to Shoe Lake

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