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Cedar Lake Trail #738

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1)

A beautiful run to a large backcountry lake in the Mission Mountains Wilderness.


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6.9

Miles

11.1

KM

85%

Runnable

6,871' 2,094 m

High

5,444' 1,659 m

Low

1,910' 582 m

Up

818' 249 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

38%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Fishing · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

This is grizzly bear, black bear, and mountain lion territory- always carry bear spray! It is recommended to wait to attempt this trail until late summer to allow for adequate snow melt.

Description

Follow this trail from the trailhead through fairly dense pine forest until you pass beyond the first four switchbacks (watch out for ripe huckleberries in this area in the late summer!) After this area, the trail opens up a bit for better visibility. You'll pass an unnamed lake about 2 miles up the trail after which time you'll begin what seems to be an endless (at times) switchbacking ascent up the ridge you'll cross over before dropping down to Cedar Lake. During late summer, the lake has MANY blooming wildflowers and there are plenty of camping sites available, but be prepared for insects. The trail continues beyond Cedar Lake for about 2 more miles passing by a couple more unnamed lakes before linking into Piper Lake Trail #119.

Flora & Fauna

Birds, small mammals, deer

Contacts

Shared By:

McCaide Wooten

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