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Sunrise Lake

North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth
48.1793, -120.2527 Map & Directions
13.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3,600 feet
Highest Point
7,200 feet
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Sunrise Lake in prime larch season. Photo by Eve. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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The Sunrise Lake trail is a steep one-mile section of trail that is part of the Sawtooth Backcountry Trail system. Continue reading

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Hiking Sunrise Lake

The Sunrise Lake trail is part of the extensive Sawtooth Backcountry Trail system. It is a steep hike to a gorgeous blue mountain lake with seasonal wildflowers and fall colors.

One way to access Sunrise Lake is to start at the Foggy Dew Creek trail. The trail meets with the Sunrise Lake trail section after about 5.2 miles.

The final one mile section up to the lake is closed to ORVs. It involves a steep climb up to Merchant Basin, where hikers cross a creek and continue climbing through a basin, to a ridge, and along the base of a rock outcropping to quiet Sunrise Lake itself.

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Sunrise Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1793, -120.2527 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

For the Foggy Dew Creek trailhead: From Twisp take State Route 20 east for 3 miles, then at the junction with State Route 153 take Okanogan County Road 1029 to County Road 1034, which joins with Forest Service Road 4340. Travel Forest Service Road 4340, and then take Forest Service Road 4340-200 to the trailhead at the end of the road.

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North Cascades > Methow/Sawtooth

Sunrise Lake (#417.2)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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