Kachess Lake to Snoqualmie Pass

Easton, Washington

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Local trail runners call this route “the blueberry run.” We traditionally make an outing to this trail in August and enjoy wild mountain huckleberries all along the way. The route, combining Mineral Creek Trail and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), offers a little of everything from steep technical climbs to narrow catwalks and contour-following trails that you can see for miles ahead. The views here are of the “inside wilderness” with alpine lakes, mountain faces, and meadows that you can only see if you’re several miles from civilization. The pristine, rugged beauty of this area fills me with awe and appreciation. You will need two cars (one at each end) to do this run. From the Box Canyon parking lot (A) at Kachess Lake Campground, follow Trail 1312, which is across the wood bridge and heads north along the lake. The trail goes up and down, winding away from and back toward the lake. There are some short, steep climbs and gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains. At about 5 miles, you start heading northwest on Mineral Creek Trail (B), an apparent continuation of Trail 1312. The best huckleberries are on the Mineral Creek Trail.
50 Trail Runs in Washington

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50 Trail Runs in Washington

by Cheri Pompeo Gillis (The Mountaineers Books)

Local trail runners call this route “the blueberry run.” We traditionally make an outing to this trail in August and enjoy wild mountain huckleberries all along the way. The route, combining Mineral Creek Trail and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), offers a little of everything from steep technical climbs to narrow catwalks and contour-following trails that you can see for miles ahead. The views here are of the “inside wilderness” with alpine lakes, mountain faces, and meadows that you can only see if you’re several miles from civilization. The pristine, rugged beauty of this area fills me with awe and appreciation. You will need two cars (one at each end) to do this run.

From the Box Canyon parking lot (A) at Kachess Lake Campground, follow Trail 1312, which is across the wood bridge and heads north along the lake. The trail goes up and down, winding away from and back toward the lake. There are some short, steep climbs and gorgeous views of the lake and surrounding mountains. At about 5 miles, you start heading northwest on Mineral Creek Trail (B), an apparent continuation of Trail 1312. The best huckleberries are on the Mineral Creek Trail.

©  Cheri Pompeo Gillis/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Trail Running
Nearby City: Easton
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 6,300 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 hours
Season: July through October
Local Contacts: Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Wenatchee National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails #207 and #208
Driving Directions: Directions to Kachess Lake to Snoqualmie Pass

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