CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Necklace Valley

Into the Alpine Lakes Wilderness we shall go! Imagine: necklace of lakes! This challenging climb into the Necklace Valley well-rewards hikers with cool alpine lakes named for precious gems. We will turn around at Emerald Lake. CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,700 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 4,800 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Saturday, August 14

7:15 at the trailhead

7:30 on the trail

Drivers need to display: Northwest Forest Pass or American the Beautiful pass

Google maps: Necklace Valley Trailhead, or

To get there, from Everett drive east on U.S. Highway 2 toward Stevens Pass. After passing the Skykomish Ranger Station on the left, continue another 0.5 mile and turn right (south) onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68). The clearly marked parking lot and trailhead will be on your left at 4.2 miles.

I will not be organizing carpools, but folks are welcome to reach out to other people on the hike to self-organize carpooling if they feel comfortable doing so.

My memories of this varied terrain hike are of beautiful lakes, a comfortable first few miles, more pika than I usually see, and a good uphill glute burner on the last 3 miles or so to the turn around point. We can soak our feet in the cool waters as needed.

Bring 4 liters or a water purifier, and replenishing snacks that you enjoy. If you don't typically use electrolyte replacement strategies, this is a good hike to start that practice.

Sun protection



Necklace Valley

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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