Necklace Valley

Skykomish, Washington 98288

Necklace Valley

Necklace Valley Professional Review and Guide

"A long river hike leads to these remote, beautiful alpine lakes. Necklace Valley is a narrow subalpine basin framed by granite cliffs and liberally endowed with a string of lakes set like jewels among pristine subalpine meadows. Hikers rave about this hike, as well they should, although it is the destination, not the hike itself, that most justifies the praise.

The hike getting there is, indeed, no gem. It is a primitive trail, in places as steep and as badly eroded as any trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Trail repairs are under way, but slowly. No matter. The long, sometimes difficult trail deters many from visiting Necklace Valley, leaving some semblance of solitude for those willing to endure."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
3,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Overnight backpacking trip
Best spring through early winter for the first 5 miles; summer through fall to lakes
1,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,800 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS Skykomish, Big Snow Mountain, Mount Daniel; Green Trails 175 (Skykomish) and 176 (Stevens Pass)
Local Maps

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Jul 2018