Explore the most popular birding trails in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

snowshoeing
2 days ago

1/12/2019

Enjoyed the scenery and walking in the snow. When the app says the trail has heavy traffic that’s an understatement. It was like Walmart on Black Friday with one lane in and out of the sno-park because of so many cars parked on the side of the road. People and dogs everywhere; like the house chaos of Home Alone except outside.

The snow is too compact to actually snowshoe for realz. Just did it for funz!

snowshoeing
2 days ago

The views from this hike were spectacular but I will echo what others have said: it was steep! So be prepared for that and snowshoes or spikes are required. The trail to the lake branches off from the service road soon after the first tower, however if you go up to the second tour you will be rewarding with sweeping views of the back country.

backpacking
3 days ago

Best experience of my life. Was my first overnight hike and was worth it. I recommend being somewhat experienced. We had a group of 5 people and 1 dog, and went around August 6th-7th of 2018. This is a pretty hard hike, but very very rewarding. I would recommend this hike to anyone. You will not regret it, Absolutely beautiful, and literally will have your breath taken away from you every single step. I also would say to pack the extra weight and pitch a tent at the top. One of the best parts was watching the stars at night, absolutely stunning. This hike can provide you to get so close with the people you go up with. Theres a big bonus If your into fishing! There is an unlimited amount of cutthroat trout up there and is extremely cool to watch them hit your lure in the crystal clear water. The hike will make you super hot, but the best feeling is jumping in the glacier water while taking a break. I recommend everyone to take the trek up to robin lake after getting to tuk lake, even if it is difficult and confusing. I also recommend going in the summer time so you can have great weather with out getting cold, and having amazing, clear, and beautiful days out there. Once we got to the top of robin lake we even got enough service of AT&T to FaceTime our parents to share the view! Amazing views of Mt Daniel and Cathedral Rock are available throughout the whole hike, as long as it’s clear. Along the lower parts of the trail, there is an abundance of blueberries that you can snack on on the way up. 11/10 experience and literally would die to go up there again. Be safe up there everyone

cross country skiing
4 days ago

Icy groomed trails but still fun.

Great little hike. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and the trail is packed so it’s easy to navigate. Fresh snow fell so all the trees are coated and the lake is gorgeous. Definitely worth the drive from Tacoma.

The elevation kicked my tail, but this was absolutely amazing! About one foot of beautiful fresh powder! We sled down on saucers, so fun!

snowshoeing
12 days ago

Great snowshoe which gains elevation right off the bat. Switchbacks for awhile and then you get toward the lake and it becomes more of a trail which levels off, versus a road. A little busy but to be expected at the pass. 1-90 got shut down so we couldn’t do our original plan. This was a good, quick backup on the way to Leavenworth. Completed on 1/4/19.

snowshoeing
12 days ago

Came prepared for the snow, wasn't expecting all the rain. Despite only having water-resistant clothing (and being soaked-to-the-bone when done), this trail was perfect for a quick, easy, and beautiful snowshoeing fix! From the road, it was about a half mile walk to reach the pond. Quite a few people out making the trek to the pond, but had the trail around Gold Creek Pond completely to ourselves. Gorgeous views and plenty peaceful. Only issue to report has been addressed by other reviewers. There were a lot of folks with dogs out there and a lot of waste left behind scattering the trail up to the pond.

snowshoeing
13 days ago

Really beautiful hike. Views overlooking the cascades on the way up were stunning seeing the snow capped mountains in the distance with fog/clouds rolling into the valley and high cloud cover above. Heavy snow heaving on the alpine firs, and untouched powder bounding off into the trees. View from the top was pretty, and the snow covered lake was fun for my son (12) to imagine what was below. Only drawback were two- is despite the short length - the elevation gain is tricky and my son had to stop several times. The top of the mountain has a T-Mobile cell tower which was a little disheartening to have it spoil the “Untouched” feel. But my son was happy he had “4 bars Dad!”

snowshoeing
15 days ago

I snowshoed this trail today (12/31) it has great views & the trailhead was easy to find from Steven’s Pass parking lots. It was quite crowded but still made for a great short snowshoeing trip.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Nice, easy loop to break in some new snowshoes. Fairly crowded and the messy parking situation notwithstanding, it's an ok way to enjoy some the snow and mountains.

snowshoeing
20 days ago

Beautiful, easy for snowshoeing

The road isn’t plowed starting about three miles before the trailhead.

We did this trail 12/08/18. Beautiful beginner trail to practice snowshoeing with little avalanche danger and nice lake at the top.

The road is used leading up to it in the winter. Only good for snow mobiling

Was looking for any easy hike to enjoy the PNW and the snow. Wasn’t too crowded when we started but more people arrived mid day. Some spots were icy so we stayed to the side of the trail. As a dog owner of two, I find it sad to see other dog owners not picking up after their dogs.

Awesome hike. Falls are spectacular. Especially views of falls from different locations on the path. Don't pass the short side trips off trail to see falls

hiking
1 month ago

We completed this hike on the way up to Tuck/Robin lakes. We definitely want to come back to the campsites here -- you get such a beautiful view of the water and mountains, but are safely nestled in the tall forest trees. It's pretty busy, but I'm sure if you continued around the lake you'd find some isolation. We're definitely coming back to do this again.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard Hike however it was much harder to descend down into the Napeequa valley as the trail is very steep. This would have been a lot more enjoyable later in the season because of the fire smoke and the nasty biting flies

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked 10/27. missed the beautiful larch colors, but was still an amazing hike. Breathtaking views. Note....drove past trailhead was looking for NF-600. thinking it would be marked as such. It is actually at the Rainy Pass rest stop area.

Beautiful in the fall when the mountains are covered in snow. Not too much elevation change and you get big views for a moderate amount of effort. Definitely heavily trafficked on the weekend though!

it was so beautiful but it had definitely snowed 2ft + since the last report. we didn't have snowshoes and the snow got way too deep about halfway through. will have to come back with proper gear.

I went snowshoeing this morning and had the place all to myself. The lake was completely frozen but still very pretty. It was a beautiful sunny day!

I came out for novice snowshoeing and was disappointed to realize that not only was this location VERY crowded with loud children and off-leash dogs, there was someone flying a very loud drone over and over the lake. The trail itself would be an alright paved loop, but the mediocre scenery coupled with the overt lack of courtesy by others on the trail made this a very lackluster experience. This was like driving 40 miles to have the same experience I'd have in a crowded city park. I absolutely would not come here again.

Amazing views!! Went a couple weekends ago and there was a little snow on the ground, but trail was easy to follow. Second half of trail was in the midsts of the trees and is absolutely stunning. Would hike again in a heartbeart. Great views on the drive to the trail head too.

You walk out on a private road past several cabins (there's an easement.) Overall, the trail is well signed and downed trees have been cleared. Just follow the creek!

The forest shows signs of recent fire with some new growth. It looked beautiful in winter when we hiked (late November.) I imagine it could be depressing and hot without the shade in summer.

So beautiful especially when the larch trees are in all their autumn glory. I hiked this 10/24 and the larches were in full effect. I hiked counterclockwise and I was very happy with the decision. It was a busy trail even on a Wednesday so I would suggest off peak times if possible.

hiking
2 months ago

WONDERFUL HIKE! Not sure why it is rated hard because after the first switch backs it’s a breeze. Lots of snow so bless the people that carved a path all the way to the lake. Lots of icy spots, we made due without spikes, but they wouldn’t hurt especially coming back down. Looking forward to this hike in the summer

2 months ago

Great hike on a beautiful day right after the first snow. I agree with the other reviews on it not being all that easy. it's reasonably steep but worth it.

on Red Top Lookout Trail

hiking
2 months ago

11.12.2018
First time on this hike and it was worth it. The road is bumpy and lots of potholes. The trail was only a half a mile up from the parking lot. Incline is steep but not super challenging to get up. There was a layer of snow coming up the road and some snow at the top of the lookout. I’d definitely be going back again. The view was clear and crisp up there.

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