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Backpack - Chiwaukum, Larch & Scottish Lakes

Four day backpack to explore the high lakes and alpine basins of the Chiwaukum Range. Take in the fall colors (and full moon) in one of the premiere settings of Washington’s larch country

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 34.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,300 ft


Day 1, hike along Chiwaukum Creek to Chiwaukum Lake. Camp at Chiwaukum Lake (9.5 miles, 3600’ elevation gain). Day 2, hike to Larch Lake  (2 miles, 800’ elevation gain). Day 3, hikeback to Chiwaukum Lake and then over McCue Ridge to Loch Eileen (7 miles, 1100’ elevation gain). Day 4, hike back to the trailhead (14 miles, 800’ elevation gain, 4100’ elevation loss). This is a dog-friendly trip and the leader will bring his dog. You are welcome to bring your dog; contact the leader if you would like to do so. For more information about the route, see Day Hiking Central Cascades, Romano; 100 Hikes in the Washington’s Alpine Lakes, Spring & Manning. (Note: the routes into this area described in Romano begin from Scottish Lakes High Camp. My plan is to start from the Chiwaukum Trailhead).Plan subject to change depending on forest fire conditions.

This activity will be credited if you are enrolled in the B3 Backpack class.


Chiwaukum, Larch & Scottish Lakes

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Leavenworth No. 178

    Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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