Thorp Lake & Lookout


Day Hike - Thorp Lake & Lookout

Destination: Thorp Lake, 7 miles/ 1200' gain A less-crowed trail with wildflowers and 360 degree views on the warm, sunny side of the central cascades.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft

South Bellevue P&R (2700 Bellevue Way SE) at 8 am.

BWS course hiker's sign-up only thru 7/26.  Sign-up open to all club hiker's 7/27-7/30.  We are hiking to Thorp Lake, so this is a easy/moderate hike on the same trail that goes onward and up to Thorp Mtn lookout.  Start out from the gate, heading toward a bridge over Thorp Creek.  Go left after the creek, following the closed road another quarter mile to find the TH on the left.  The trail is a steady grade through areas popular with wildlife and local deer populations are regular visitors.  At almost 3 miles in, take the .5 mile side trail down to the lake.


Driving Directions to TH:
From P&R drive east on I-90 to take exit 80 (signed "Roslyn/Salmon la Sac"). Head north on Salmon la Sac Road (State Route 903) about 15 miles, passing through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake.
Just past the upper end of the lake, turn left onto French Cabin Road (Forest Road 4308). Drive 3.25 miles up FR 4308 to FR 4312 on the right. Go right and drive 1.5 miles to another road junction, with FR 4312-121. This road is typically gated, so park here (don't block the gate).  There was some washboard on French Cabin Road and some large potholes on FR 4312, no trouble for regular cars (just pay attention and don't go too fast).


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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