Hiking Trails in Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades

Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades

Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades

Asahel Curtis Trailhead

Deception Falls Trailhead

Deception Pass Trailhead

Denny Creek Trailhead

Eightmile Trailhead

Franklin Falls Trailhead

Gold Creek Pond Trailhead

Granite Mountain - Pratt Lake Trailhead

Icicle Ridge Trailhead

Ira Spring Trailhead

Lake Dorothy Trailhead

Lake Lillian Trailhead

Lake Serene Trailhead

Mt Teneriffe Trailhead

Pacific Crest Trailhead

Rachel Lake Trailhead

Smith Brook Trailhead

Snow Creek Trailhead

Snow Lake Trailhead

Squak Mountain - Bullitt Fireplace Trailhead

Stevens Pass Trailhead N-S

Stuart Lake Trailhead

Surprise Creek Trailhead

Talapus Lake Trailhead

Tunnel Creek Trailhead

West Fork Foss Trailhead

Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades - Overview


According to the US Forest Service, "the popular Alpine Lakes Wilderness encompasses approximately 394,000 acres in the Central Cascades Region within Washington state. The area is accessed by 47 trailheads and 615 miles of trails. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) enters from Stevens Pass on the north to follow the crest south, with a long westward bend to Snoqualmie Pass, a distance of 67 trail miles.
 
More than 700 lakes and mountain ponds dot the glacier-carved terrain of this wilderness. Tree covered valleys give way to rocky ridges and rugged peaks along the crest of the Cascades.  Many peaks and slopes are permanently cloaked in snowfields. From wet forests of Douglas fir, cedar, and an understory of salal and berries, to firs and mountain hemlock, the landscape opens up to expansive meadows matted with low growth and ends with dry forestland of ponderosa pine and grasses.
 
The Enchantment Lakes area contains the Cashmere Crags, which rate among the best rock-climbing sites in the western United States. Some of the names may cause you to think twice before heading up: Bloody Tower, Cruel Thumb, Cynical Pinnacle or Crocodile Fang. Dozens of solid granite spires offer routes from the low Class 5s to 5.11 and faces as long as 1,500 feet."

Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades - Contact


Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Headquarters

215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
(509) 664-9200

Chelan Ranger District
428 W. Woodin Avenue
Chelan, WA 98816
(509) 682-4900

Cle Elum Ranger District
803 W. 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
(509) 852-1100

Entiat Ranger District
2108 Entiat Way
Entiat, WA 98822
(509) 784-4700

Methow Valley Ranger District
24 West Chewuch Road
Winthrop, WA 98862
(509) 996-4003 

Naches Ranger District
10237 Highway 12
Naches, WA 98937
(509) 653-1401

Okanogan Valley Office
1240 South Second Avenue
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 826-3275

Tonasket Ranger District
1 West Winesap
Tonasket, WA 98855
(509) 486-2186 

Wenatchee River Ranger District
600 Sherbourne
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-2550

Seattle: Alpine Lakes Wilderness - Snoqualmie Pass - Central Cascades - Camping


 There are over 150 campgrounds and picnic areas on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Several of the larger campgrounds also offer group reservation opportunities. There are also several cabins and a lodge that can be rented.

Most campgrounds on the forest are first-come, first-serve. Here's a link to the sites that can be reserved (most are large group sites: http://www.recreation.gov/recAreaDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&recAreaId=1119&agencyCode=70903
 
Backcountry Camping is allowed in most area with a permit. See individual trails for trail-specific camping regulations.