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Day Hike - Deer & Sand Lakes

An easy day hike on the well-maintained Pacific Crest trail through old growth forest, passing impressive Deer Lake, enroute to picturesque Sand Lake, our lunch spot, nestled in a beautiful alpine meadow in the William O. Douglas Wilderness.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 960 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,300 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on Roosevelt Ave (SR 410), or at 10:30 AM at the Leech Lake trailhead, just north of SR 12 at the east end of White Pass.

We will consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and then caravan to the Leech Lake trailhead near White Pass.  The entire drive is on paved roads, except for the last 100 yards or so, which is on a good gravel Forest Service Road. There are restrooms at the ranger station and near the trailhead.  A Northwest Forest Pass or National Park Pass must be displayed by each car parked at the trailhead.  No parking pass is required at the ranger station.  If the weather permits,  time will be allowed to swim in Sand Lake or Deer Lake, depending on the water levels.  For those returning via Greenwater, there will be an optional stop for ice cream at Wapiti Woolies.


Deer & Sand Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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