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cross country skiing
Wenatchee National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located in Washington. With an area of 1,735,394 acres (2,711.55 sq mi, or 7,022.89 km²), it extends about 137 miles along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range of Washington, USA from Okanogan National Forest to Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The forest is located in Chelan, Kittitas and Yakima counties.
Easy going for six miles .... After that, u are on ur own.. Non- maintained to both lakes. If going to joe lake , bring a machete and survey tape... Be prepared to get wet… Several river and creek crossings ( with the worst footing ever)! If by some miracle you do not get wet crossing the rivers, the west Side of the valley has a tendency to stay very wet due to the lack of sunlight…if your heart is really set on seeing Alaska lake or Joe lake, I would suggest taking the PCT route through Kindle katwalk. Forget 13 miles (at least16)! Forget easy to moderate! (Don't bring ur inexperienced visitors from out of state )! If u plan to do this u better take your adventure pills. Highly recommend for those looking for solitude and exploration. Fresh water is abundant for most of the hike. Even during the dry season. Enjoy and be safe.
We started at the salmon la sac trail head onto cooper river 1311 trail. This was a 6 mile out and back trail that had plenty of Beauty to offer especially during early fall! Wonderful colors, beautiful peeks of the river along the way where you can see salmon swimming. We even got to see two doe and a buck close to ten feet away. Beautiful hike and was a decent work out for a not too experienced hiker. Would recommend and do this hike again.
Twin Lakes...8 miles out and back with about 2000 feet elevation change. Would rate on the easier side of hard or the more difficult side of medium. Colors are out now but not at peak. Nice spot for lunch at the first lake. Saw three other groups today. Worth the trip. Trail a bit overgrown in spots.
Dave K. on Merritt Lake Trail
The lake is definitely worth the hike. It's absolutely beautiful. We started early with no bugs or other impediments. I would change the trail category from moderate to difficult: maybe because I am 75. It definitely is worth the effort, but keep in mind, it's straight up most of the way.
It was such a great trail! It did get difficult towards the end, especially considering we weren't really prepared for that but it was worth it! Good day activity. We started around 945 and got back down around 530 cuz we were up by the lake for a bit.
I would say this is a pretty difficult trail, but not impossible, if you can motivate yourself you can do it!
There's plenty of things to see during the hike so it's not only the end that's nice :)