This is one of the best day hikes for larch-spotting in the fall. In the summer, enjoy the reward of swimming or fishing after a steep climb. Scatter Lake is also an excellent destination for an overnight backpack.
Leave the trailhead and hike the Twisp River Trail No. 440. You will reach a junction right away where you will head left. Turn right at the next junction onto Trail No. 427. The hike is very easy at first as it meanders out of the valley.
The grade then becomes steep once you reach Scatter Creek and steadily heads up as you enter the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Area. Then the climbing really begins as the trail switchbacks up the slope.
At 6,500 feet and 3.5 miles, you will reach a welcome meadow. Continue on, passing a shallow tarn and arriving at saphire-blue Scatter Lake. Swim, fish, soak your feet or explore!
You will find a short trail around the lake. Above you towers Abernathy Peak at 8321 feet, the shortest of the top 100 peaks in the state.
- 9.2 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 3,850 feet
- Highest Point
- 7,047 feet
Hiking Scatter Lake
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 48.4348, -120.5201 Open in Google Maps