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Trail

14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer loop
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 3,055' 931 m
Descent: -3,054' -931 m
High: 9,565' 2,915 m
Low: 7,689' 2,344 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

A high alpine adventure with lakes and creeks for company.

Megan W

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Patience during the long drive to the trailhead is amply rewarded by alpine scenery and fun for all users.

Runner Notes

Good trail surface for the most part, a few eroded/rocky sections towards the saddle.

Description

Start the Washington Lake trail from the Fourth of July trailhead. Be ready for uphill with plenty of rocks and a fair amount of hiker, backpacker & bike traffic right off the bat. The grade eventually lessens, flattening out before the trail junction with Antz Basin.

Stay straight to continue on Washington Lake trail, heading through a meadow and across the outlet to Fourth of July Creek Lake. Ridgelines from the White Cloud Mountains are prominent in the background. It's a stunning backdrop and just the beginning of an endless amount of amazing scenery. The route continues on a rolling traverse followed by a quick descent to the shores of Lake Washington.

Enjoy a little more downhill before passing through a large marshy meadow to an intersection with Washington Lake Creek trail. Stay straight/right on Washington Lake trail through the valley to another short climb. The trail then descends consistently to Germania Creek trail. Note: bikes are allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Runners enjoy the abundant wildflowers in the warmer months, while anglers fish in Fourth of July Lake.

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  3.5 from 2 votes

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