Hatchery Creek Trail to Lake Augusta

Coles Corner, Washington

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A day hike or backpack to a high meadow basin and Lake Augusta. Hatchery Creek Trail is a steep, dry trail climbing to a high ridge, where high meadow wandering awaits. Although this trail offers one of the shortest approaches to the high subalpine meadows of Icicle Ridge, including wildflowers and views, it is not a popular hike, often overlooked by day hikers with their sights set on alpine lakes. Determined day hikers often make the 16-mile out and back to Lake Augusta, one of the highest lakes in the area, but it is usually the domain of backpackers willing to hump a ruck up a hot, dusty trail.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A day hike or backpack to a high meadow basin and Lake Augusta. Hatchery Creek Trail is a steep, dry trail climbing to a high ridge, where high meadow wandering awaits. Although this trail offers one of the shortest approaches to the high subalpine meadows of Icicle Ridge, including wildflowers and views, it is not a popular hike, often overlooked by day hikers with their sights set on alpine lakes.

Determined day hikers often make the 16-mile out and back to Lake Augusta, one of the highest lakes in the area, but it is usually the domain of backpackers willing to hump a ruck up a hot, dusty trail.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Coles Corner
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 5,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day-hike or backpack
Season: Best midsummer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,900 feet
Top Elevation: 7,280 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Big Jim Mountain; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Driving Directions: Directions to Hatchery Creek Trail to Lake Augusta

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Apr 2018