Lake Ethel to Larch Lake

Coles Corner, Washington

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A more scenic path to Larch Lake via Lake Ethel and the Scottish Lakes. The traditional path to Larch Lake is via Chiwaukum Creek, but a slightly longer alternative is available to those who prefer to get the climbing over with first, then meander through high lake country and across subalpine ridges, via Lake Ethel Trail and the Scottish Lakes. The traditional path to Larch Lake is via Chiwaukum Creek, but a slightly longer alternative is available to those who prefer to get the climbing over with first, then meander through high lake country and across subalpine ridges, via Lake Ethel Trail and the Scottish Lakes. Assuming you managed the drive to the trailhead, get your permit at the trailhead register and start hiking. (If the road proves too rough, park lower down and hike up the road to the trailhead.)
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A more scenic path to Larch Lake via Lake Ethel and the Scottish Lakes. The traditional path to Larch Lake is via Chiwaukum Creek, but a slightly longer alternative is available to those who prefer to get the climbing over with first, then meander through high lake country and across subalpine ridges, via Lake Ethel Trail and the Scottish Lakes.

The traditional path to Larch Lake is via Chiwaukum Creek, but a slightly longer alternative is available to those who prefer to get the climbing over with first, then meander through high lake country and across subalpine ridges, via Lake Ethel Trail
and the Scottish Lakes. Assuming you managed the drive to the trailhead, get your permit at the trailhead register and start hiking. (If the road proves too rough, park lower down and hike up the road to the trailhead.)

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Coles Corner
Distance: 23.4
Elevation Gain: 4,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best summer through fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,300 feet
Top Elevation: 6,100 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Lake Wenatchee Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Chiwaukum Mountains, Mount Howard, Lake Wenatchee; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Ethel to Larch Lake

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