Hyas Lake

Ronald, Washington

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A flat hike through old forests leads to a wide expanse of water. Hyas Lake is actually a pair of pools in the middle of the Cle Elum River. The lower pool is a broad but shallow lake that sprawls nearly all the way across the valley floor and stretches more than a mile from one end to the other. The upper pool is a smaller, even shallower lake. In reality, it’s the same lake, but the waters have been divided by a hearty growth of marsh grasses—as the grasses grew, they trapped more and more sediment, until finally a small band of muddy ground stretched across the upper end of the long Hyas Lake, leaving the smaller fragment just a few dozen yards above the lower lake. Plan to venture at least as far as the middle of the lower lake—and the best rest stops are at the upper end of the lake.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

A flat hike through old forests leads to a wide expanse of water. Hyas Lake is actually a pair of pools in the middle of the Cle Elum River. The lower pool is a broad but shallow lake that sprawls nearly all the way across the valley floor and stretches more than a mile from one end to the other. The upper pool is a smaller, even shallower lake.

In reality, it’s the same lake, but the waters have been divided by a hearty growth of marsh grasses—as the grasses grew, they trapped more and more sediment, until finally a small band of muddy ground stretched across the upper end of the long Hyas Lake, leaving the smaller fragment just a few dozen yards above the lower lake. Plan to venture at least as far as the middle of the lower lake—and the best rest stops are at the upper end of the lake.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Ronald
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Easy
Season & Limits: July–Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan–Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Stevens Pass No. 176
Driving Directions: Directions to Hyas Lake

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