Best trails for cascade high lakes

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  1. Robert Evans

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    I'm fairly new to Washigton and have heard great things about these high altitude lakes. I really want to take a trip up to do some trout fishing and am having a hard time finding info. Any ideas between I-90 and 2 would be great. Day hikes, overnights, weekends are all great. If you have maps I'd love to see them.
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  2. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    I'm just waiting for Kent to chime in- he's going to have lots of info for you.
     
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    Snake tryin' not to get too comfortable

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    http://wdfw.wa.gov/outreach/fishing/highlake.htm

    Doesn't really explain trails, but has some decent lake recommendations.

    That info, along with a state atlas (like a DeLorme Gazetteer) should put you on the right track.

    Or check out some hiking guide books (at REI or the library), find a trail into a lake, or pick an area to explore, and get on it.
     
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    Revans,

    Where to begin. You've picked an area with scads and scads of lakes. I haven't done much hiking for fishing in that area however. I think you'll generally find that the best fishing is had in lakes that are not serviced by any main hiking trail. I can't show you my maps, and most of them don't cover the area you're interested in. My point still applies tho. Pick a lake that from looking at the map it appears you'd have to bushwhack to. Often there's a rough fisherman's trail leaving a main trail to your intended lake. Know how to use your map and compass, and a GPS is probably a good idea, but those weren't available when I was figuring out how to do this. Have fun and take DEET for the bugs.

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  5. Robert Evans

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    I'm not very concerned about off trail navigation, i've done quite a bit of it, i would however like to make it easier on myself if possible. If there are any access points that anyone knows of or a specific book, i'd be interested to hear. i have checked out that WDFW website and it does have some useful info.

    Maybe i'm nuts, but i figured there would be lots of info online on this subject. How about the Pacific Crest Trail, i would prefer one less used though?
     
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    This book, Washington's Central Cascades Fishing Guide isn't a bad place to start. Pretty high level, but the author definately presumes that you're looking for a hiking resource.

    From the Amazon Blurb:
    "The definitive guide to stream and lake fishing within two hours drive of Seattle, covering the North Bend, Snoqualmie Pass, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, CleElum areas. This comprehensive guidebook tells where, how and when to fish the area in detail, covering more than 25 streams and 200 lakes, with 14 maps and 40 photos. Trout populations are described in depth, along with fishing techniques, access and hiking directions."


    The link is for Amazon, but I think I got my copy at some mall bookstore.
     
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    If you'd like a north Cascades hike, try Ipsoot, Green, and Berdeen lakes. Drive to the end of Baker Lake, hike up the trail to the new bridge across the river, then back downstream a little ways on the east bank trail, then straight up to the ridge. It's 4,000' of elevation gain, and it's off trail. It stunningly beautiful. You'll find much solitude, because it's a brutal enough hike that most people won't go there. There are nice trout in each lake. What more could you ask for?

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    Yep, the PCT between Snoqualmie Pass and Stevens Pass gets within spittin' distance of a lot of high lakes.

    Yep, it's crowded on weekends near the trailheads.

    And yep, there is a ton of on-line info about access points in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and trail conditions, and all that, so I geuss you are nuts.

    Seriously, if you want solid info about trail difficulty and distances, amount of crowding, and overall "wow" factor for an area reknowned for it's high lakes and excellent hiking, get a copy of "100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes" by Ira Spring.

    It's not gonna tell you much about the fishing, though.

    Neither am I. Are you nuts? :rofl:
     
  9. Robert Evans

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    Thanks for the info ken. I'm going to have to try that hike out. I appreciate all that have responded so far.
     
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    OK Beersmith, ya' got me on poor sentence structure. It happens as I do little proof reading of my posts. I had map and compass. I did not have GPS. Better now? (insert smiley face)
     
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    sorry, it just made me chuckle to think that.... no harm meant. :D
     
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    Definitely start with the DeLorme as you'll use it everywhere...great for getting "in range." Green Trails maps are a good way to drill down if you're hitting the Cascades (REI or any good outdoor shop). http://www.greentrailsmaps.com/

    Have fun!

    BTW, nice camping rig in your pic...:thumb:
     
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    Try Waptus lake. The trialhead is near Salmon la Sac campground. It is not a very tough hike in regards to elevation gain, but it is a long hike that can be done as a two day/one night. I did it a month ago and there were very few people on that trail. You will see a ton of cars at the trailhead, but they must go to other trails because I just didn't encounter many people on the Waptus lake trail. Just make sure on the hike out that you check your water a lot and fill up before the last creek. I made the mistake of thinking there was more water on the last several miles and ended up getting severely dehydrated. You will be happy with the size of fish in that lake. Oh and make sure to have some good mosquito repellent because there is a marshy area (it may be dried out by now) about halfway to the lake that was swarming with mosquitoes when I was there. The lake itself though was practically free of mosquitoes.

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    Waptus Lake sounds great, I think i'm going to give it a whirl. I'm waiting for a new rod which should arrive any day and then I'm off!