Merritt & Lost Lakes

A moderate 6 mile day hike or snowshoe up to a small alpine lake in the heart of the Central Cascades near Stevens Pass.

Getting There

Drive US-2 to 11.3 miles east of Stevens Pass or 23.6 miles west of Leavenworth and turn north onto Forest Road 657. Drive 1.6 miles to the road's end and trailhead (3,100 ft).

On the Trail

Merritt Lake

6 miles round trip, 1,900 feet of elevation gain, 5,000 ft high point

Hike the Merritt Lake Trail 3 miles to Merritt Lake.

Lost Lake

9 miles round trip, 3,170 feet of elevation gain, 5,600 ft high point

From Merritt Lake, continue 1.5 mile to Lost Lake.


  • Trips can be extended by hiking east on the Nason Ridge Trail to Alpine Lookout or west to Crescent Lake.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • 5,000 ft
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
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  • Merritt Lake
  • Lost Lake
  • Crescent Lake
  • Merritt & Crescent Lakes
  • Alpine Lookout
  • Merritt Lake & Alpine Lookout

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