Blackjack Ridge Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain7,335ft
Trailhead Elevation2,896ft
Elevation Min/Max2896/6758ft
Elevation Start/End2896/2896ft

Blackjack Ridge Trail

Blackjack Ridge Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Chelan County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area. It is 6.3 miles long and begins at 2,896 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,335 feet. Bootjack Mountain (elevation 6,745 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Snowall - Cradle Lake Trail and Jackpine Trail.

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Backpacking Washington's Alpine Lakes Wilderness (Falcon Guides)
Jeff Smoot
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"A high ridge hike leading to Cradle Lake. culminating in 7,016-foot Highchair Mountain. Blackjack Ridge is traversed by a rugged 8-mile trail that climbs nearly 4,000 feet out of Icicle Canyon and maintains an elevation of over 6,000 feet for several miles, providing wide-open views up Jack Creek, across to Jack Ridge, Cashmere Mountain, Mount Stuart, and other surrounding peaks. The trail leads to a junction with Snowall–Cradle Lake Trail, from where Cradle Lake is only 0.5 mile away. This hike can be done as part of a loop including Cradle Lake and Jack Creek. The trail is not popular because it is steep, strenuous, and dry, and literally disappears in several places in the upper meadow basins. It is not recommended for any but the most experienced wilderness hikers."
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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area
Skill Level
Wenatchee National Forest, Leavenworth Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Jack Ridge; Green Trails 177 (Chiwaukum Mountains)
Local Maps