Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass-Tuck & Robin Lakes


Backcountry Trail Run - Tuck & Robin Lakes

Join us for a running adventure to the "mini Enchantments". We will attempt to run to Tuck and Robin Lakes and may even checkout Granite Mountain.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
  • Pace: 12-25min/mile

We will meet around sunrise (exact time TBA) at the Tucquala Meadows Trailhead.  After a quick chat we will be off :) 

It will probably be a bit too early for fall larch colors :(

This is technically a leashed dog-friendly run with the leader's permission, but I am most likely not going to bring my dog due to the pace/terrain. See below for details. 

We will be running out and back to Tuck and Robin Lakes. We will take a short break at Tuck Lake, a longer break at Robin Lakes before we head back, and a final short break at Hyas Lake.

  • The first 3 miles are pretty flat and easy, we will be running at least a 12min/mile pace.
  • The next 3 miles are horrible and quite vertical, and we will probably need to fast hike and/or scramble it and may slow down to a 20-30min/mile pace on the harder parts.
  • Depending how people feel, we can run the loop around Robin Lakes and even hit Granite Mountain, which would make the run 16-18 miles instead of 13.


The run will be cancelled/moved due to weather constraints. If the weather happens to be snow, we will most likely cancel it or do a different run.

Alternative dates are October 2nd and October 24th (probably too late due to snow). 


  1. Gaia Track TO Robin Lakes (not round trip, no loop)
  2. WTA
  3. AllTrails

Leader’s Permission

Being fully vaccinated is a requirement.

While we aren’t going to power up the steep uphill portions, folks will be expected to move quickly, run on/off uphill, and do a safe run downhill (poles help but aren't required). To get permission, please share some recent runs you have done with similar distance/elevation gain. Also include a picture of your vaccination card.

Bonus points if you have done the route before :) 


NW Forest or America the Beautiful pass is required at the trailhead.

Due to the difficult nature of this run, we will have a video call the week before to cover gear, logistics, and expectations.

There are some campgrounds as well as Cle Elum motels nearby if folks want to meetup on Saturday night.


There are bathrooms at the trailhead. We will stop to filter water at Tuck and Robin Lakes as needed.


If you want to bring your dog, please fill out a dog application and email me to get permission. If you have filled out an application previously, just email me. This run is very difficult and dogs will need to be kept on leash. Please keep that in mind before asking to bring your dog.


Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass-Tuck & Robin Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials, notably
    • Capacity to carry 1L of water
    • Water Filter
    • Jacket + extra layers (it will be cooler)
    • Emergency Headlamp
    • Food for 12h +
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Emergency microspikes (we will mostly likely turn around if we need microspikes)
  • (Optional) Trekking poles
  • (Optional) Gloves for scrambling
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