Walupt Lake Trail

Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington

Distance3.8mi
Elevation Gain1,553ft
Trailhead Elevation3,950ft
Top4,966ft
Elevation Min/Max3950/4966ft
Elevation Start/End3950/3950ft

Walupt Lake Trail

Walupt Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County, Washington. It is within Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Goat Rocks Wilderness Area. It is 3.8 miles long and begins at 3,950 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,553 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Nannie Ridge Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Walupt Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"More a triangle than a loop, this route offers breathtaking views from the summit of Nannie Peak—just as you might expect from the site of a former fire lookout tower. There’s more than views to this hike, though. You’ll find wonderful wildflower meadows along the crest of Nannie Ridge a clear, cold swimming experience in Sheep Lake, a walk along the spine of the Cascades on the Pacific Crest Trail, and a cool forest hike in the Walupt Creek valley.

The trail is short and gentle enough to enjoy as a long day hike, but the fine (though few) campsites at Sheep Lake, with their astounding views of Mount Adams (especially at sunset, when the alpenglow has the snowy peak of Adams aflame with orange light), can be too tempting to pass up, as many backpackers can attest."

"Since this trail gains less than 500 feet of elevation in the first 2.5 miles, it makes for a fine family outing or walk in the woods for those unable to climb big hills. In addition to the shaded forest, a few short, steep side trails lead downhill to the lake’s shoreline, where there are good places to picnic, swim, or just enjoy some quiet time."

"Follow the entire north shoreline of lovely Walupt Lake. Then climb moderately through old-growth forest to the flower-covered meadows near Short Trail Camp and a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). The lakeshore at the head of the lake makes a good destination for casual hikers or families. Logs provide sitting places, and fish jump from the clear waters of the lake.

Walupt Lake Trail 101 heads east along the north shore of Walupt Lake. After hiking 70 yards through the dense forest, you reach the Goat Rocks Wilderness boundary at the junction with Nannie Ridge Trail 98. From the junction Nannie Ridge Trail climbs northeast, over Nannie Peak, to join the Pacific Crest Trail at Sheep Lake. Walupt Lake Trail continues east (straight ahead) from the junction."

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Trail Information

Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Nearby City
Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Swimming
Additional Use
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Naches Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails Walupt Lake No. 335
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018