The Alpine Lakes Wilderness comprises over 400,000 acres and spans the Central Cascades of Washington State. Here you will discover natural wonders, diverse ecosystems, and breathtaking scenery. Explore towering mountaintops, roaring waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, and more! Read on to learn more about some of our favorite hiking trails in this wilderness area. Then, be sure to get your free copy of our Vacation Guide for more local insight on the best things to do in the region.
5 of the Best Hiking Trails in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness
These Alpine Lakes Wilderness hiking trails range in difficulty from easy to hard, but all of them offer rewarding views.
1. Colchuck Lake | Difficulty Rating: Hard
Length: 9 miles Estimated Hiking Time: 4 hours and 45 minutes
This out and back trail leads you to a beautiful lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains. The steep elevation gain can tire you out pretty quickly, so be sure to bring lots of water!
2. Marmot Lake & Jade Lake | Difficulty Rating: Hard
Length: 19.8 miles Estimated Hiking Time: 11 hours
This trail is not for the faint of heart. Be aware that there are river crossings, off-trail hiking areas, steep inclines, and lots of snow! The views are breathtaking and very rewarding.
3. Keekwulee Falls | Difficulty Rating: Easy
Length: 3.8 miles Estimated Hiking Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
This out and back trail near Snoqualmie Pass features a gorgeous waterfall and is the perfect hike for those who aren’t necessarily up for a strenuous adventure.
4. Thunder Mountain Lakes Trail | Difficulty Rating: Hard
Length: 12.5 miles Estimated Hiking Time: 7 hours and 45 minutes
This out and back trail is the perfect outdoor adventure for those staying in Leavenworth, WA. It’s considered to be a tough hike but well worth it!
5. Margaret Lake Trail | Difficulty Rating: Moderate
Length: 5.4 miles Estimated Hiking Time: 3 hours and 30 minutes
This moderately difficult trail is perfect for other outdoor activities such as bird-watching! Pay close attention to trailheads here. They are not as clearly marked as they should be.
Additional Outdoor Adventures Near Leavenworth, WA
- Visit the most scenic places in Washington State
- Peruse the Wenatchee Pybus Public Market
- Explore Lincoln Rock State Park
- Experience the best dog-sledding in the state
- Go horseback riding near Leavenworth
Stay in Our Beautiful, Rustic Accommodations
If you’re planning to explore the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington State, consider making your home away from home in our secluded accommodations in Leavenworth. Our cozy suites exude the rustic charm you might look for in an outdoorsy getaway. Stunning natural views of our charming property await from your bedroom window. We hand-deliver a delicious, gourmet breakfast to you each morning for you to enjoy in your stylish suite or on the porch of your private retreat. It’s the perfect destination for those looking for the ultimate outdoor experience with all the comforts of home.
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