Libby Lake Trail

Carlton, Washington

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Hidden in a high cirque in the hinterlands of Hoodoo Peak, Libby Lake is one of the loneliest and loftiest in the Sawtooth Range. And floating at an elevation of 7618 feet, it’s also one of the highest alpine lakes in the entire Cascades. Surrounded by towering walls and tailings of talus, Libby’s setting is stark. But its outlet is graced with rows of stately larches. In summer their delicate needles add soft green streaks to the barren basin, while in autumn their golden transformation adds light. It’s a stiff climb, best attempted early to beat the Okanogan sun.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hidden in a high cirque in the hinterlands of Hoodoo Peak, Libby Lake is one of the loneliest and loftiest in the Sawtooth Range. And floating at an elevation of 7618 feet, it’s also one of the highest alpine lakes in the entire Cascades.

Surrounded by towering walls and tailings of talus, Libby’s setting is stark. But its outlet is graced with rows of stately larches. In summer their delicate needles add soft green streaks to the barren basin, while in autumn their golden transformation adds light. It’s a stiff climb, best attempted early to beat the Okanogan sun.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 3,320 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,000 feet
Top Elevation: 7,618 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Buttermilk Butte No. 83, Prince Creek No. 115
Driving Directions: Directions to Libby Lake Trail

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Apr 2018