Day 1 We arrived at the trailhead at 9:30 on Saturday, and the parking area was nearly full. Hike in 9 miles (one way) and about 800 gain on the Waptus River Trail to Waptus Lake. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Waptus River is a moderate, 12 mile in-and-out day hike with 500 ft in elevation gain. Not the easiest to get to but if you like a good hike and fording freezing cold rivers, give it a shot. Continue for another 1.1 miles on FR 13 to the junction with FR 1310. That being said, it is a fair amount to hike with overnight gear for an evening and a morning of fishing and then hike out. Rate this Hike ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ryan 2 ... Waptus Lake Camp via Waptus River Trail. If you need fishing tackle, or are looking for a fishing guide or fishing charter please visit Tackle, Guides, Charters The trail offers a number of activity options. This trail is very mellow and easy (as easy as almost 10 miles can be with an overnight pack). There is an initial group which was completely full at the eastern tail of the lake and another group about halfway down the northern shore of the lake. Seattle, WA 98104. Waptus is beautiful. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Even though the difference between Waptus and Spade Lakes is only 2200' and Venus is another 500' feet above Spade Lake, at the end of the day we had climbed a total of 4050' in visiting Spade and Venus with all the ups and downs along the trail. It is 1500 gain but lots of ups and downs along the way. Overall, great experience. When the night comes, kickback under the stars and revel in what true isolation feels like. From the Waptus River Trail, just above Waptus Lake, the trail to Spade Lake heads straight uphill through old-growth forest. Day 1: Hike the 8 miles along Waptus river to Waptus lake. Diamond Lake is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. 8. Cooper Lake Loop via Cooper River Trail and Polallie Ridge Trail. First to reach is Waptus Lake and the on to Spade Lake, a lovely, lonesome lake nestled in a rocky cirque high on Mount Daniels. It was not my favorite August backpacking destination, but I can certainly see myself returning during the shoulder seasons. No official measurement, but they were in the 16-20' range and very good fighters. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Here you can see the clear waters of Waptus River up close. Spade Lake is a lovely, lonesome lake nestled in a rocky cirque high on Mount Daniel. This trail goes by Waptus Lake Camp and Waptus Lake. Trip Report: Liz and I started out from the Salmon la Sac area on Waptus River Trail, which, after meandering for a few miles gets to the Waptus River and follows it to Waptus Lake. Contact Us. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 No Name Lake Loop. Because it's a hefty hike to access, it is one of the most remote lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Get Trail News Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Day 2: Day hike to explore one of the higher lakes nearby, possibly Ivanhoe or Spade lakes. Not a lot of elevation gain on the hike in to Waptus. The  trail snakes through mixed forest, trundles up and down swales, goes through a long-ago burn site, and then follows along the Waptus River till you get to the lake. Quality over quantity on this trip. This is a difficult one way trail in Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The trail from Waptus Lake is nearly straight up for the first 1.2 miles or so, and then traverses the slope in some rough roller coaster trail. Setup camp at Waptus Lake. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. It didn't even reach my knees today, and I'm 5'2". Beginning from the heart of Salmon La Sac and terminating at the Pacific Crest Trail, the Waptus River trail offers miles of hiking through dry, open forest and beautiful lakes in the Alpine Lakes wilderness then a little bit of a climb before arriving at the iconic trail … The hike begins at Salmon la Sac Trailhead, splitting away from the trails to Cooper Lake and Polallie Ridge before heading toward Waptus River. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. A good variety of medium-sized naturally reproducing trout including Westslope Cutthroat, Eastern Brook, Rainbow, and Bull Trout are present. 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