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Ice Creek - Ice Lakes

Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
48.0831, -120.8350 Map & Directions
28.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4,200 feet
Highest Point
6,900 feet
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  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Summits
  • Lakes
  • Rivers
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth

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A beautiful multi-day hike through ponderosa pines to a high altitude basin. Enjoy lakes, waterfalls, larches, and solitude with the possibility of a top out of 9,060 foot Mount Maude. Continue reading

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Hiking Ice Creek - Ice Lakes

With the trailhead starting from the end of Entiat River Road, this backpacking trip offers spectacular beauty sans the crowd. You’ll spend a day or two hiking through ponderosa pines until you reach an alpine basin dreamscape made of pumice. If you’ve got time visit upper ice lakes is another mile and 400 feet higher than Lower Ice Lakes and enjoy a relatively easy walk up the shoulder of 9,060 foot Mt. Maude.

Ice Lakes can also be accessed via the Phelps Creek Trailhead via the Leroy Creek Basin route or Carne Mountain High route with some off-trail navigation.

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Lace Thornberg, WTA Community

Ice Creek - Ice Lakes

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0831, -120.8350 Open in Google Maps

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Northwest Forest Pass

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From Wenatchee, drive north on the highway west of the Columbia River (ALT Highway 97) 20 miles to the town of Entiat. Just south of town, turn west on the Entiat River road and follow it for 38 miles to its end at the Cottonwood Campground with an elevation of 3,140 feet. This long road is paved most of the way and easily driven in typical passenger cars. Note that the road turns into NF Road 51 and NF Road 5100.

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Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Entiat River Trail (#1400), Ice Creek - Ice Lakes Trail (#1405)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

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Green Trails Holden No 113

Green Trails Lucerne No 114

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