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Waptus Pass

Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
47.4339, -121.1864 Map & Directions
6.0 miles, one-way
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Hike a trail that connects the beautiful Waptus River trail to the popular Pete Lake trail. Along the way, pass three other trail junctions, leading to further adventures. Continue reading

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Hiking Waptus Pass

The Waptus Pass Trail connects Waptus River Trail and to the Pete Lake Trail, climbing steeply from both ends at Pete Lake and Waptus Lake to reach Waptus Pass. Waptus Pass is not a high alpine pass but a broad meadow with subalpine forest. Along the way to this junction, the trail passes junctions with the Escondido Lake Trail, Waptus Burn Trail, and Polallie Ridge Trail.

Hikers visiting this trail have dozens of options for hikes utilizing this and other trails in this area.

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Waptus Pass

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4339, -121.1864 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Northwest Forest Pass

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Getting There

This trail is accessible from both Pete Lake Trailhead and the Cooper River trailhead. The pin is at the Cooper River trailhead.

Cooper River Trailhead

Drive I-90 to exit 80 signed for Roslyn/Salmon la Sac. Turn north onto State Route 903. You’ll drive for nearly 15 miles, skirting Cle Elum Lake before arriving at a Y-junction in the road near the Salmon La Sac Campground. Veer left onto Road 111, crossing the bridge over the Cle Elum River and following the sign for the Cooper River Trail. Arrive at the large trailhead in another half mile. There is a privy available at this trailhead.

Pete lake Trailhead

From Seattle, drive east on I-90 and take exit 80 (Roslyn/Salmon la Sac). Turn left (north) onto Bullfrog Road. Drive it for 2.8 miles, passing through two traffic circles. Exit the second traffic circle onto WA-903 north, driving through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake to a junction with FR-46. (From I-90 this is a total of 16.8 miles.)

Turn left (west) on FR-46 (signed for FR 4600) and follow 4.7 miles. Turn right on FR-4616 and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.

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Snoqualmie Region > Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Waptus Pass (#1329)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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