Deer & Sand Lakes

An easy 5.2 mile hike with 960 feet of elevation gain on the well-maintained Pacific Crest Trail to beautiful alpine lakes in the William O. Douglas Wilderness near White Pass.

getting there

Drive to the Leech Lake trailhead, a short distance from SR 12, at the east end of White Pass. 

on the trail

This easy hike passes through old growth forest and by impressive Deer Lake a half mile before reaching Sand Lake, which is nestled in a picturesque alpine meadow and provides a nice swimming opportunity on a warm summer day. 


  • There are restroom facilities at the trailhead.  
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 5.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 960 ft
  • 5,315 ft
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