Necklace Valley

Skykomish, Washington

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A long river hike leads to these remote, beautiful alpine lakes. Necklace Valley is a narrow subalpine basin framed by granite cliffs and liberally endowed with a string of lakes set like jewels among pristine subalpine meadows. Hikers rave about this hike, as well they should, although it is the destination, not the hike itself, that most justifies the praise. The hike getting there is, indeed, no gem. It is a primitive trail, in places as steep and as badly eroded as any trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Trail repairs are under way, but slowly. No matter. The long, sometimes difficult trail deters many from visiting Necklace Valley, leaving some semblance of solitude for those willing to endure.
Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness

by Jeff Smoot (Falcon Guides)

A long river hike leads to these remote, beautiful alpine lakes. Necklace Valley is a narrow subalpine basin framed by granite cliffs and liberally endowed with a string of lakes set like jewels among pristine subalpine meadows. Hikers rave about this hike, as well they should, although it is the destination, not the hike itself, that most justifies the praise.

The hike getting there is, indeed, no gem. It is a primitive trail, in places as steep and as badly eroded as any trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Trail repairs are under way, but slowly. No matter. The long, sometimes difficult trail deters many from visiting Necklace Valley, leaving some semblance of solitude for those willing to endure.

©  Jeff Smoot/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Skykomish
Distance: 17.8
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best spring through early winter for the first 5 miles; summer through fall to lakes
Trailhead Elevation: 1,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,800 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Skykomish, Big Snow Mountain, Mount Daniel; Green Trails 175 (Skykomish) and 176 (Stevens Pass)
Driving Directions: Directions to Necklace Valley

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