North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Larch Lake

Leavenworth, Washington

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A backpack up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Chiwaukum Creek Trail follows the first 5 miles of the main trail, then forks off up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek another 6-plus miles to high lakes including Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Although this trail provides the shortest public access to these lakes, it is not the recommended approach to the them. Although a bit longer and with more elevation gain, the hike in via Lake Ethel and McCue Ridge is more scenic. There is also a private shortcut to the lakes that cuts the hiking distance in half, making the upper lakes much less private than they ought to be.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A backpack up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Chiwaukum Creek Trail follows the first 5 miles of the main trail, then forks off up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek another 6-plus miles to high lakes including Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Although this trail provides the shortest public access to these lakes, it is not the recommended approach to the them.

Although a bit longer and with more elevation gain, the hike in via Lake Ethel and McCue Ridge is more scenic. There is also a private shortcut to the lakes that cuts the hiking distance in half, making the upper lakes much less private than they ought to be.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 23.2
Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best late spring for lower Chiwaukum Creek trail; summer through fall to Larch Lake
Trailhead Elevation: 1,950 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Big Jim Mountain, Chiwaukum Mountains; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Driving Directions: Directions to North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Larch Lake

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Apr 2018