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Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan
47.7574, -120.5281 Map & Directions
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
100 feet
Highest Point
5,794 feet
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  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

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Drive almost to the top of a mountain with exquisite views all around you. Your destination is only about a quarter mile from where you park - what a great view for such little effort. Continue reading

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Hiking Sugarloaf

Visiting an old fire lookout like Sugarloaf is an opportunity to introduce a grandchild to the wonders of the mountains, or to explore with your partner through the vast, wonderful out-of-doors. You'll walk among ponderosa forests, though it's not really a requirement to achieve nirvana at this drive-up fire lookout.

After you've parked and headed up the road, you can expect views of the Entiat Mountains and beyond. Fire lookout activity started here in 1924 with the current structure brought here from Lion’s Rock near Ellensburg in 1949.

Bring some baked goods or fresh fruit to ingratiate yourself to the fire lookout attendant, though they are nice to everyone regardless of baked treats. For further adventure, Forest Service roads crisscross the area with a few other standing and former fire lookout locations.

Fill your cooler with food and beverage and make sure your gas tank is topped off before heading out exploring. Tyee and Steliko lookouts are nearby and they are both available for nightly rental.

The Tyee Ridge Road is a local favorite for finding dispersed camping opportunities. Exiting this road trip via the town of Entiat makes for a nice loop. You may also want to consider visting the Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center alongside the Columbia River for a deeper understanding of fire lookouts here.

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Hike Description Written by
Austin Smith, WTA Correspondent


Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.7574, -120.5281 Open in Google Maps

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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

Beginning in Leavenworth, heading east on Highway 2 towards Wenatchee you will turn left onto the Chumstick Highway just as you leave downtown. A little more than two miles, you will turn right onto Eagle Creek Road.

This road rolls through dry farmland and bucolic rolling hills. At a total of 7.9 miles from Leavenworth, turn left onto Van Creek Road. This gravel road winds upward through Ponderosa hillsides and a steep walled canyon.

At 13.7 miles you will reach a busy intersection, turn left. Continue on mostly good quality forest service roads (though these can become rutted in mud season) until you've gone a total of 18 miles from Leavenworth, and turn right onto Sugarloaf Lookout Road FS 5200715. Drive this road to the summit and your destination. The last stretch of the drive is about 0.75 miles, and your hike can be up to a half-mile long, depending on where you park.

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Central Cascades > Entiat Mountains/Lake Chelan

Sugarloaf (#384)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Entiat Ranger District

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