Day Hike - Thorp Lake & Lookout


Day Hike - Thorp Lake & Lookout

A loop, a lake and a lookout! Excellent views from the fire lookout cabin and a side trip to Thorp Lake.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,854 ft
  • Pace: moderate 2.5mph

9:30 am at the trailhead, or 7am at East Gate Park and Ride in Issaquah.


Start at the Thorp Creek / Thorp Mountain trailhead, hike a clockwise loop (Thorp Creek - Thorp Mountain - Kachess Ridge - No Name Ridge - Little Joe Lake - Return to Trailhead). 

We'll hike at a moderate/steady pace. With breaks for photo ops accordingly! We'll also stop for a short lunch.

Most of the elevation gain is in the first 3 miles (some steep sections). The rest of the trail rolls along a ridge, then gradually looses elevation as we return to the trailhead.

Parts of the trail may be slightly overgrown - long pants might be nice.

Optional side trip to Thorp Lake.




Thorp Lake & Lookout

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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