Washington hiking and fishing...

me and a few buddies are starting to plan a hiking trip this summer, there are 5 of us going for sure, all that are learning to fly fish, and a few that dont know how to fly fish may be taggin along to,

anyone know any good hiking spots that offer fishing as well? we want to be gone at leat 3 days, but mabey more, so it should be a decent trail.

thanks for the help guys.
Lake Annette gets heavy plants each year. For more idea go to the WDFG web site for a list of planted alpine lakes. It shows many of the lakes they feel that can take the extra pressure and include what type of trout are at that lake.
There are innumerable lakes and streams with trout in Washington. Where are you thinking of going? Into the Cascades, or in the desert nearer your home? Give us a preferred area, and we can start listing possibilities.


"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" Neil Young
Check out angelfire.com. There are a couple good links to Washington lakes on this site. The Cub Scouts I proudly mentor would ask you to "Leave No Trace" and follow the "Outdoor Code". I was fortunate enough to hike the 7 Lakes Basin 23 years ago with a friend. Having not packed any bug juice for this trip that particular summer, my friend & I could not get back to the trailhead soon enough. I will say tho, the view of Mt. Olympus from the High Divide on that clear summer day will forever be imprinted in my memory! Just that view made the trip worth a million. LOL
Growing up in Walla Walla I heard of people hiking and fishing the Wallowa Lake area (North East Oregon). If I remember right there a variety of trails and lenghts of hikes/lakes to explore. Zen might know more.



Lucky if I get out anymore!
If you live in Benton City, I second Jeff's idea about the Wallowa area. My wife grew up in the Tri-Cities (yeah, poor thing) and has hiked into the Eagle Cap Wilderness numerous times. She always had a great experience and saw some wonderful country - and there is a lot of it. There are some good rivers over there, plenty of alpine lakes and good trails. I have a brother-in-law in Kennewick that fishes up there so if you need additional info I can shoot you his phone number, or if you want some professional advice go here:

yeah, anywhere in washington, northern idaho, or northern oregon im up for, we will road trip it, im looking for something that may take 3+days to get through it, with fishing along the way or mabey hike a day or 2 days into a lake and then fish for a couple then hike out,

im going to check out the sites, thanks guys,


Bob Triggs

Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!
Take a look at hiking the Upper Elwah in Olympic National Park. Do a Search here under "Elwah" and you will be buried in references on this, along with some great tips on timing, fishing etc.

This is the second year that the Elwah trout are enjoying full protection from harvest. Should be bumping up the quality of those fish a bit. Go easy on em though; many are the steelhead of the future up there.

Look at crossing the Divide Trail and coming out at Quinault later. Nicer than just a hike up the Elwah river and back. That would be very fine, beautiful hiking.

Best fishing this year may come early, as early as late june some say. Depends on rains. No snowpack to speak of. Normally you can count on august and september as prime time up there.

You will need NPS Wilderness Passes for all. Contact the Wilderness Information Center in the Olympic Ntl Park:


Zen Piscator

Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.
PM me, i have a spot in mind you guys might really enjoy, but dont feel like posting it, too many people read this and they might catch all my fish.

I would love to hike from the Elwha to Quinault. We went up the North Fork of the Quinault last summer. Too much for a day hike to make it over to the Elwha. Some day, when I have more time!

Jim Kerr

Active Member
Elwah is a good bet if you don't mind lots of snakes, one of the last suspected habitats of the Olympic Moss Viper, second most deadly snake in western Wa. Also, summer time is the mating season for Sasquatch, last season there were several reports of fishermen being...um.....well..reciepients of unwanted amorous advances while on the upper El. I'd go somewhere safer.
Good Hiking