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Hidden Lake Trail #745

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 4.7 (14)

This classic run or backpack trip in the craggy North Cascades travels to a view of the alpine world.


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4.1

Miles

6.5

KM

63%

Runnable

6,815' 2,077 m

High

3,586' 1,093 m

Low

3,283' 1,001 m

Up

61' 19 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The road up to the trailhead is in poor condition. A mile from the end is a pair of pits that require careful negotiation (August 2017). If you can get past there, the rest of the road is no worse than what you've already covered.

The trail is in good shape, although a few spots have loose footing, and is easy to follow until you get to the boulders below the lake viewpoint. Then the trail gets vaguer, as evident by multiple trampled paths. To get to the lookout hut requires some hand-and-foot work to get over the boulders.

Thankfully, you don't have much risk of getting wet from the trail, as bridges cross the bigger creeks and boardwalks cross some muddy parts.

Flora & Fauna

The lower part of this trail is usual fir/hemlock forest, but the upper part is beautiful alpine meadow.

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  4.7 from 14 votes

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Photos

Hidden Lake Hut. with permission from Mike Conlan
Feb 29, 2016 near Darrington, WA
Hidden Lake in mid-July
May 28, 2018 near Diablo, WA
Hidden Lake Trail
Sep 11, 2019 near Diablo, WA
Hidden Lake.
May 2, 2017 near Diablo, WA
View from ridge on ascent of Hidden Lake Lookout
Nov 7, 2017 near Diablo, WA
Hidden Lake and the North Cascades from Hidden Lake Lookout
Nov 7, 2017 near Diablo, WA

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