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Owyhigh Lakes Trail

Intermediate

Trail

8.4 mile 13.5 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,909' 582 m
Descent: -2,458' -749 m
High: 5,353' 1,632 m
Low: 2,930' 893 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Pass multiple mountain lakes and meadows, teeming with wildflowers on this lengthy trail.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Treat water before drinking. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails.

Description

The trail climbs steadily for 3.5 miles through the forest on a series of switchbacks to reach the lakes. From Owyhigh Lakes basin, continue south and begin the descent along Kotsuck Creek.

As you skirt the southern walls of Barrier Peak (6,377') and Buell Peak (5,599'), the trail steadily drops into a densely forested area, just north of the creek. Upon crossing Boundary Creek the trail heads southeast, eventually meeting Eastside Trail. After paralleling Eastside for a few hundred meters, Owyhigh switchbacks down to Rt. 123, the trail's terminus.

Flora & Fauna

Multiple secluded mountain lakes and meadows aglow with wildflowers in mid-summer.

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Owyhigh Lakes and Governors Ridge/Barrier Peak.
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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