Cooney Lake

Carlton, Washington 98814

Cooney Lake

Cooney Lake Professional Review and Guide

"This 18.1-mile (total mileage) out-and-back treats riders to some magnificent scenery near and at Cooney Lake. It tests intermediate-level riders and provides a great workout for advanced riders as it makes its way up the sometimes dusty, sometimes rocky trail. the climb, through stands of Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and larch, culminates in a soothing meadow and tranquil Cooney Lake.

Bask in the beauty of the lake and the jumping cutthroat trout, the wildflower-laden meadow, and 8,000-foot-high angel Staircase above the lake to the west before the return descent (which includes about a mile of climbing). Look east through the trees on the way back, where you'll get some views as far below and beyond as the Colville Indian Reservation."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,140 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Technical Difficulty
Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty
July through October
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,241 feet
Top Elevation
Methow Valley Ranger District, 509-997-2131
Local Contacts
Green Trails #115 Prince Creek, Twisp Ranger District map, and Sawtooth Backcountry Recreation Trails.
Local Maps