Crater Lakes Trail

Carlton, Washington

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Tucked in a high cirque surrounded by sky-piercing peaks, the Crater Lakes epitomize rugged beauty. Among the most accessible of the alpine gems lacing jagged Sawtooth Ridge, reaching the Craters still exacts a fair amount of sweat and grit. But, while many of the nearby lakes often swirl in activity, Craters’ environs generally remain calm. Hikers are few, horses rare, motorcycles barred. Come here in October when golden larches light up the steep valley walls and you’ll swear you found the pearly gates.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Tucked in a high cirque surrounded by sky-piercing peaks, the Crater Lakes epitomize rugged beauty. Among the most accessible of the alpine gems lacing jagged Sawtooth Ridge, reaching the Craters still exacts a fair amount of sweat and grit.

But, while many of the nearby lakes often swirl in activity, Craters’ environs generally remain calm. Hikers are few, horses rare, motorcycles barred. Come here in October when golden larches light up the steep valley walls and you’ll swear you found the pearly gates.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 8.6
Elevation Gain: 2,350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late June– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,969 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Prince Creek No. 115
Driving Directions: Directions to Crater Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/10/2002
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This trail is in great condition and leads to picturesque lakes. From the top of Raven Ridge you look straight down on these lakes. Around the shoreline of the lower lake, we found several quality camp spots to choose from even though we did not actually camp there. The lower lake is bigger and deeper, but you may find more space to yourself on the upper lake. The eTrail will get you to Crater Lake and also guide you to the upper lake, which has no formal access trail.



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