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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