Cow Creek Meadows

Lucerne, Washington

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You’ll share the first couple miles of this route with hikers heading up the long Entiat Valley, those climbing to Larch Lakes (Hike 26), and even a few motorcycles at times. But you’ll leave them all behind as you turn away from the Entiat and climb up a broad side canyon. Up there, you’ll find a vast forest lake and a sprawling grassy meadow in the heart of a sheerwalled cirque. This flat-bottomed bowl, Cow Creek Meadows, is home to deer, mountain goats, marmots, and an array of birds. A sparking creek meanders through the meadow, with deep sandy-bottomed pools that prove ideal for soaking tired feet and sweaty bodies. Let the dogs romp, while you relax in the stunning scenery of this basin.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Western Washington

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

You’ll share the first couple miles of this route with hikers heading up the long Entiat Valley, those climbing to Larch Lakes (Hike 26), and even a few motorcycles at times. But you’ll leave them all behind as you turn away from the Entiat and climb up a broad side canyon. Up there, you’ll find a vast forest lake and a sprawling grassy meadow in the heart of a sheerwalled cirque.

This flat-bottomed bowl, Cow Creek Meadows, is home to deer, mountain goats, marmots, and an array of birds. A sparking creek meanders through the meadow, with deep sandy-bottomed pools that prove ideal for soaking tired feet and sweaty bodies. Let the dogs romp, while you relax in the stunning scenery of this basin.

© 2010 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lucerne
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 9 hours (day hike or backpacking trip)
Season: July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails Holden No. 113
Driving Directions: Directions to Cow Creek Meadows

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