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    Entiat River Trail

    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington
    Elevation Gain5,374ft
    Trailhead Elevation3,155ft
    Elevation Min/Max3142/5503ft
    Elevation Start/End3155/3155ft

    Entiat River Trail

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    Puyallup, WA
    Explorer | 45 pts
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    My wife and I did a 3 day loop as our first foray into backpacking and really enjoyed this route. Day 1 was 6 miles in to the Fern Lake junction, where there are several beautiful campsites next to the Entiat river in a winding meadow. Take some time to explore this area, the sites are separated from each other and you'll discover them as you walk through. The river is gorgeous in the fall and we didn't hear a peep from the other campers due to the babbling of the water. Day 2 began with challenging steep switchbacks up towards the Saska pass junction. The trail thankfully levels out as it travels along the ridgeline and there are many great views of the mountains to the west. Dropping down into the Grouse pass basin, there was a small creek in a meadow allowing us to refill water and break for lunch. The climb back up to Grouse Pass is not an easy one, but the view at the top is well worth it. An enormous rocky outcropping is a great place to sit in the shade and enjoy a vista few people ever see. The descent on the backside is also pretty steep but the campsite at the base is amazing! Rustic table, benches around a huge firepit carved out of a boulder, and even a bear box to store food/garbage. There is room for multiple families and it's close to water, and butts up to a huge mountain meadow that is a nice view to wake up to. At the junction of trails 1433 and 1439 is "3 Tree Camp", with a bear box, firepit, and marginal access to water. Instead of climbing Pyramid Mt we followed the trail SW along Pyramid creek. This is an easy and beautiful way to finish the hike. We never felt like we were in danger of not finding water along the way and could usually hear a river not far off. The campsites marked in the guide are good choices and we passed very few other hikers. The trails are well marked and well maintained, and this loop has both difficult ascents and walkable hikes. Our loop (I uploaded the GPS route) was 23 walking miles.
    Tempe, AZ
    Pathfinder | 85 pts
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    Ice Lakes would be the only redeeming part of this hike and the only reason it gets 3 stars. It is pretty hard hike up the valley to get there and even worse coming down. Otherwise, the flies were terrible and due to the fire that ravaged the area a few years back, the Entiat River valley is not terribly scenic. For pictures around Ice Lakes, go to and look for Glacier Peak Wilderness, August 2009.
    Mercer Island, WA
    Adventurer | 310 pts
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    Great hike, go for it.
    Portland, OR
    Pathfinder | 130 pts
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    The trail was very nice and extremely well marked. We hiked in 12 miles and stayed at one of the nicest campsights I have ever seen. Then we hiked 11 miles out the second day. We have heard that we missed out by not going to fern lake or pyramid mountain. Next time we will incorporate those stops and make the trek a three day trip. It is very secluded, we did not see another hiker... There was a lot of water! Also lots of flies...not out of control, but enough to annoy you. We did not bring repellent though. We saw lots of big birds, deer tracks, several marmotts and one fish in a river.
    Eatonville, WA
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    Along the first few miles you hear the roaring of the North Fork of the Eniat River to your left. A wonderful mixure of Western Pines and Douglas Firs engulf you as you wander further into the depths of solitude. With a number of creek crossings, (some, rather exciting), you''re never far from some much needed water...not to mention you''re never more than 100 yards from the raging Entiat. The next three hours are invested in spectacular vistas from rock ledges and out croppings as you ascend to Fern lake at 6,900 ft. As you crest the top, the crystal blue water encircled by icey edges and snow captures your heart. You feel completely alone with the bowl of rock and snow stretching to the sky around you and the serine lake. A cool breeze passes as you stretch your eyes over Pugh Ridge, on to Pyramid Mt. and Grouse Pass. From the top of Pugh Ridge (7,100 ft.) you''ve peeked over the mountain lake you''re at now, into the heart of the Cascades. From the peak of Pyramid Mt. (8,000 ft.) you''ve seen even further, over and above both Pugh Ridge, Fern Lake, Cardinal Peak and a myraid of other snow laiden ridges. In the other direction you''ve looked down into the dark blue of Lake Chelan, following the white trails behind the boaters. All of these vistas and many more are at your feet''s beck and call, and all originating at the trail 1437 trail head. The loops that are possible could take as many as five or more multi-day trips to cover and all covering new areas. The best times for these loops are July-September, as are most trails in the Cascades. Maximum elevation gain is about 3,900 feet and there are mosquitos at every level. Except for the ascent to the top of Pyramid Mt., most trails are well covered with shade from the sun. Only a Northwest Forest Pass is needed to expand your taste of this wilderness. As you drink from the whitewaters of the Entiat, whisper hello for me.


    Trail Information

    Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
    Nearby City
    Glacier Peak Wilderness Area
    Skill Level
    Entiat Ranger District
    Local Contacts
    Green Trails - Holden (#113) & Lucerne (#114)
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