Esmeralda Basin


Day Hike - Esmeralda Basin & Lake Ann

Visit to Lake Ann in Esmeralda Basin to enjoy the larches. Weekday to avoid crowds. Rainy weather and/or smoke cancels.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,960 ft
  • Pace: moderate

We will meet at 8:15 am the North Bend Safeway parking lot close to the tall Safeway/O'Reilly Auto Parts/Chase Bank sign in the parking lot, off exit 31 on I-90

There will be the option of either consolidating cars (2 per car limit unless  carpool planned in advance, with masks) going to the trailhead or driving yourself.  NW Forest Pass or equivalent required for each vehicle.

Please contact me if you're coming from the east and if meeting in North Bend is not convenient.

This hike is in Kittitas County which is Phase 3

Mod/Strenuous 8-mile hike, but we'll go at a moderate pace with rest breaks as needed.  Along with 10 essentials, bring lunch, sufficient water, and sturdy hiking shoes. Trekking pole(s) likely to be helpful.  

 This is supposedly one of the prime larch hikes so we should be able to see some beautiful fall colors. (It will be my first time here so I'm just going on reputation.)

Additional info here

We'll hike as a group so please be sure this distance/elevation gain/pace will suit you before signing up.

This trip is subject to the guidelines for a Phase 3 county. Everyone should have a face covering ready to pull up at the trailhead, and will be asked to be familiar with and follow the Mountaineers Covid-19 guidelines for phase 3 on this trip.



Esmeralda Basin

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

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    USGS Mount Stuart
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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
  11. Face mask, covering that can easily be used to cover face.
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