Forgotten Trail Loop

Cle Elum, Washington

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A rugged loop trip along a segment of the abandoned County Line Trail. The Forgotten Trail Loop is a high traverse of the so-called County Line Peaks, a subrange of rocky mountains dividing the Teanaway River and Ingalls Creek drainages, which also form the boundary between Chelan and Kittitas Counties as well as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary. The loop follows portions of the old, abandoned County Line Trail, a segment of which is called the Forgotten Trail. This is a high loop, averaging over 5,000 feet of elevation, which provides excellent close-up views of the entire Stuart Range. The hike is feasible as a long day hike for conditioned hikers, but it makes for a more reasonable backpack that is far less crowded than many nearby trails.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A rugged loop trip along a segment of the abandoned County Line Trail. The Forgotten Trail Loop is a high traverse of the so-called County Line Peaks, a subrange of rocky mountains dividing the Teanaway River and Ingalls Creek drainages, which also form the boundary between Chelan and Kittitas Counties as well as the Alpine Lakes Wilderness boundary.

The loop follows portions of the old, abandoned County Line Trail, a segment of which is called the Forgotten Trail. This is a high loop, averaging over 5,000 feet of elevation, which provides excellent close-up views of the entire Stuart Range. The hike is feasible as a long day hike for conditioned hikers, but it makes for a more reasonable backpack that is far less crowded than many nearby trails.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Cle Elum
Length: 15.7
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,500 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Mount Stuart, Enchantment Lakes; Green Trails 209 (Mount Stuart)
Topo Map: Forgotten Trail Loop Topographic Map
Guide Book: Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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