Eagle Lakes Trail

Carlton, Washington

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Hike to a pair of splendid lakes nestled high on the Sawtooth Ridge. Lower Eagle is perched in a peaceful grove of pines, while Upper Eagle sits in a lofty cirque flanked by spiraling crags and ribbons of larch. The trail is fairly easy, the grade never steep. It travels through big ponderosa and sweet-scented sage to glistening granite ledges, granting extensive views of nearby rock and distant hazy hills. Hot in the height of summer, this hike is a delight in early season when patches of snow prohibit wheels, or in early autumn when cool air blows down from the passes and the majestic larches turn the Eagles golden.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Hike to a pair of splendid lakes nestled high on the Sawtooth Ridge. Lower Eagle is perched in a peaceful grove of pines, while Upper Eagle sits in a lofty cirque flanked by spiraling crags and ribbons of larch.

The trail is fairly easy, the grade never steep. It travels through big ponderosa and sweet-scented sage to glistening granite ledges, granting extensive views of nearby rock and distant hazy hills. Hot in the height of summer, this hike is a delight in early season when patches of snow prohibit wheels, or in early autumn when cool air blows down from the passes and the majestic larches turn the Eagles golden.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlton
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,480 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late June– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,110 feet
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Prince Creek No. 115
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle Lakes Trail

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