Central Alpine Lakes Loop Backpacking

Cle Elum, Washington 98922

Central Alpine Lakes Loop Backpacking

Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"The 75-mile stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass is a very popular backpack trip, and it deserves to be. The route is supremely scenic with countless viewpoints, beautiful forests, acres of huckleberries, rugged mountains, and several gorgeous lakes.

The entire trip is rather strenuous, however, and it requires either a lengthy car shuttle or careful timing to meet the buses that service both ends. These arrangements are a bit cumbersome, so I recommend doing a loop trip instead. This not only solves the transportation problem but also allows you to sample some of the trail’s best miles without having to work as hard as you would with the full trip. Finally, since you won’t have the mindset of having to get from Point Ato Point B in time to meet the bus, you can set a more leisurely pace and take the time to do several spectacular side trips to some of the most beautiful places in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness."

Central Alpine Lakes Loop (Backpacking) Reviews

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6/25/2007
Waptus river bridge by spinola creek is out, though it can be forded at depths of 3'.
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6/23/2004
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5/4/2004
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9/15/2001
This stretch of trail is nothing less than spectacular. Friends that have done the whole distance of the PCT have later said it is the most beautiful stretch of the entire hike. The alpine lakes in this region are amazing. The wildflowers are beautiful, the wild blue berries are delicious, and the snow capped mountains you'll see are some of the best scenery you'd care to lay eyes on.
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Trail Information

Cle Elum
Nearby City
35
Distance
4,600 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
3-4 days
Duration
Usually open Mid-July to October; best late July to early August
Season
2,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
feet
Top Elevation
Cle Elum Ranger District
Local Contacts
USFS - Alpine Lakes Wilderness
Local Maps

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Jul 2018