Family Backpack - Hyas Lake

Field trip: Backpacking with Kids

Family Backpack - Hyas Lake

Relatively short and flat family backpacking trip most ideal for newer backpackers with ample opportunity for water play. Ideal for all ages but will aim for those > 7 years for this trip.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 3,600 ft
  • Pace: Kid Pace
  • Meet at Tucquala Meadows/Deception Pass TH  at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 29

Directions  (Approximately 2hr 45 min drive from Seattle)

From I-90 take exit 80. Drive north on SR-903 to Salmon la Sac. Fork right and continue up Cle Elum Valley Road (FR-4330) for 12 rough miles to the trailhead to the Deception Pass Trailhead at the road end.

*Note that both the Cathedral Rock trail and Deception Pass trail leave from the same parking lot. The  Deception Pass Trail leaves from the far north end of the lot while the Cathedral Rock Trail is near the middle set of bathrooms on the west side. 

**The road is rough and most cars that drive this are SUVs or Subarus with some clearance. There are potholes and one area where a creek runs over the road.

  • NW Forest Pass Required

Flat 2 mile hike ideal for newer backpackers on the eastern slopes of the Cascades (Cle Elum area).  Trail involves multiple small stream crossings (delightful challenge for youngsters) to a relatively warm lake calling for splashing.  Large campsites along the lake.

I’ll send out a questionnaire about 3 weeks in advance to confirm attendance and if desired, option to opt in for a pizzadilla-style shared dinner.  Shared motivational snacks are common on group family trips – I will ask if there are any allergies or other restrictions. Final email with details a week in advance.

  • Link to detailed trip sheet and packing list


Cathedral Rock-Deception Pass-Tuck & Robin Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

See packing list in trip sheet (link).

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