North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Larch Lake

Leavenworth, Washington 98826

North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Larch Lake

North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Larch Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A backpack up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Chiwaukum Creek Trail follows the first 5 miles of the main trail, then forks off up North Fork Chiwaukum Creek another 6-plus miles to high lakes including Chiwaukum and Larch Lakes. Although this trail provides the shortest public access to these lakes, it is not the recommended approach to the them.

Although a bit longer and with more elevation gain, the hike in via Lake Ethel and McCue Ridge is more scenic. There is also a private shortcut to the lakes that cuts the hiking distance in half, making the upper lakes much less private than they ought to be."

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Trail Information

Leavenworth
Nearby City
23.2
Distance
4,300 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Overnight backpacking trip
Duration
Best late spring for lower Chiwaukum Creek trail; summer through fall to Larch Lake
Season
1,950 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,100 feet
Top Elevation
Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Big Jim Mountain, Chiwaukum Mountains; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018