Entiat River Loop Backpacking

Entiat, Washington

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The Glacier Peak Wilderness features so many great hikes it was difficult to select only a few representative backpacking trips. The decision to include the Entiat River Loop, however, was an easy one. With an eastside location this area enjoys more sunshine than westside hikes, and crowds are thinner due to the longer drive from major cities. In addition, wildlife is commonly seen and the scenery features two of the grandest destinations in Washington. Set in a deep mountain basin, surrounded by 9000-foot peaks, and carpeted with wildflowers, Entiat Meadows is one of the most beautiful mountain meadows in the state (and that’s a category with plenty of competition). By contrast, the equally impressive Ice Lakes feature a stark alpine setting with twisted trees, glacier-scoured rocks, and icy summits towering all around. Add to these two climaxes the many miles of lovely forests, view-packed ridges, heather meadows, and deep glacial canyons, and you’ve got a fabulous mix of world-class splendors.
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Backpacking Washington

by Douglas Lorain (Wilderness Press)

The Glacier Peak Wilderness features so many great hikes it was difficult to select only a few representative backpacking trips. The decision to include the Entiat River Loop, however, was an easy one. With an eastside location this area enjoys more sunshine than westside hikes, and crowds are thinner due to the longer drive from major cities. In addition, wildlife is commonly seen and the scenery features two of the grandest destinations in Washington.

Set in a deep mountain basin, surrounded by 9000-foot peaks, and carpeted with wildflowers, Entiat Meadows is one of the most beautiful mountain meadows in the state (and that’s a category with plenty of competition). By contrast, the equally impressive Ice Lakes feature a stark alpine setting with twisted trees, glacier-scoured rocks, and icy summits towering all around. Add to these two climaxes the many miles of lovely forests, view-packed ridges, heather meadows, and deep glacial canyons, and you’ve got a fabulous mix of world-class splendors.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Entiat
Distance: 35
Elevation Gain: 7,900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4-7 days
Season: Usually open mid-July to early October; best late July to mid-August
Trailhead Elevation: 3,100 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Entiat Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails - Holden (#113) & Lucerne (#114)
Driving Directions: Directions to Entiat River Loop (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009
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Ice Lakes would be the only redeeming part of this hike and the only reason it gets 3 stars. It is pretty hard hike up the valley to get there and even worse coming down. Otherwise, the flies were terrible and due to the fire that ravaged the area a few years back, the Entiat River valley is not terribly scenic. For pictures around Ice Lakes, go to www.scottlefler.com and look for Glacier Peak Wilderness, August 2009.



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Apr 2018