Scatter Lake

Stehekin, Washington 98852

Scatter Lake

Scatter Lake Professional Review and Guide

"You’ll want your dog on a short leash here—if only so he can help pull you up this thigh-burner of a trail. The trail angles upward steeply, maintaining nearly a 20 percent grade for the first 3.5 miles (i.e., ascending more than 1100 feet per mile). Adding to the pleasantness of the trail, the route stands out on a sun-baked hillside; so on a midsummer day not only will your quads be screaming in agony, but you’ll be drenched in sweat, too.

People who prefer to avoid these types of painful approaches might wonder what could possibly prompt hikers to subject themselves to such agonizing grinds up the sides of mountains. To learn the answer, you merely have to hike this steep trail; for at its end is one of the most serenely beautiful lake basins in all of the Cascades."

Scatter Lake Reviews

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This is a well groomed and beautiful trail. Make sure you leave early in summer months as it heats up quickly. There is accessible water along the way and a scramble up to a few peaks past the lakes. The trailhead sign is missing for Scatter Lakes, so take the trailhead with no sign. It is labeled about 20 meters from the trailhead as the correct trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
8 hours
July through early October
Okanogan National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails Stehekin No. 82
Local Maps