Waptus River to Waptus Lake

Roslyn, Washington

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A long hike up Waptus River to Waptus Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The hike up Waptus River to Waptus Lake is one of the longer lowland river hikes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Unlike most other river valleys (the nearby Cooper and Cle Elum Rivers being prime examples), no road was pushed up Waptus River by miners or loggers, which has allowed the river valley and lake to maintain a wilderness aspect unmatched by other big lakes in the region. The only thing missing is solitude; this hike, although long, gets a lot of traffic, especially horses. The going is mostly flat and easy, but with the usual ups and downs of Cascades river valley hiking. Waptus Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is very popular with fishermen and horse packers, yet it is large enough that you can find a secluded spot.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A long hike up Waptus River to Waptus Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The hike up Waptus River to Waptus Lake is one of the longer lowland river hikes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Unlike most other river valleys (the nearby Cooper and Cle Elum Rivers being prime examples), no road was pushed up Waptus River by miners or loggers, which has allowed the river valley and lake to maintain a wilderness aspect unmatched by other big lakes in the region.

The only thing missing is solitude; this hike, although long, gets a lot of traffic, especially horses. The going is mostly flat and easy, but with the usual ups and downs of Cascades river valley hiking. Waptus Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, is very popular with fishermen and horse packers, yet it is large enough that you can find a secluded spot.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Roslyn
Distance: 18.8
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best early summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,500 feet
Top Elevation: 3,100 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Davis Peak, Polallie Ridge
Driving Directions: Directions to Waptus River to Waptus Lake

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