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Washington Lake Trail

Intermediate

Trail

7.3 mile 11.8 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 968' 295 m
Descent: -2,052' -626 m
High: 9,568' 2,916 m
Low: 7,693' 2,345 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Leslie Kehmeier

A high alpine singletrack traverse through the White Cloud Mountains.

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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 foot 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, rolling 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 if amazing scenery.

The route continues on a rolling traverse followed by a quick downhill to the shores of Lake Washington. Enjoy a little more downhill before running across a large marshy meadow to an intersection with Washington Lake Creek trail.

Stay straight/right through the valley to another short climb. The trail then descends consistently to Germania Creek trail.

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Views from the shoreline of Fourth of July Lake
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID
Washington Lake from above
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID
The trail follows the Fourth of July Creek along this section
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID
This area is popular with those who like to fish
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID
Crossing the saddle between Fourth of July Lake and Washington Lake
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID
Backpackers descending from Washington Lake
Nov 18, 2014 near Sun Valley, ID

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