South Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Lake Flora

Leavenworth, Washington

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A backpack up South Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Lake Flora and Icicle Ridge. Chiwaukum Creek, one of the major drainages of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, has a reputation of being a long, lonely hike, and the reputation is partly right. This portion of the trail is over 13 miles long and leads to high meadows and lakes that are more readily reached via shorter trails coming up from Icicle Creek, making this a more lonesome hike than others in the area. The lakes, Flora and Brigham, popularly known as the “Mormon Ladies Lakes,” are set in a high basin at the head of South Fork Chiwaukum Creek. The upper meadows and lakes don’t melt out until midsummer, which is well enough since the fall colors are one of the main attractions. Those who come to see the wildflowers are usually content to turn around in the first 5 miles, or at Timothy Meadow.

South Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Lake Flora Professional Review and Guide

"A backpack up South Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Lake Flora and Icicle Ridge. Chiwaukum Creek, one of the major drainages of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, has a reputation of being a long, lonely hike, and the reputation is partly right. This portion of the trail is over 13 miles long and leads to high meadows and lakes that are more readily reached via shorter trails coming up from Icicle Creek, making this a more lonesome hike than others in the area.

The lakes, Flora and Brigham, popularly known as the “Mormon Ladies Lakes,” are set in a high basin at the head of South Fork Chiwaukum Creek. The upper meadows and lakes don’t melt out until midsummer, which is well enough since the fall colors are one of the main attractions. Those who come to see the wildflowers are usually content to turn around in the first 5 miles, or at Timothy Meadow."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Leavenworth
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Overnight backpacking trip
Season: Best late spring for lower Chiwaukum Creek trail; summer through fall to Timothy Meadow and beyond
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 6,780 feet
Local Contacts: Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Big Jim Mountain, Chiwaukum Mountains; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Driving Directions: Directions to South Fork Chiwaukum Creek to Lake Flora

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May 2018