Josephine Lake View trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Josephine Lake View trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2290 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

bugs

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Josephine Lake trail is a part of long and famous Pacific Crest trail, and begins from ski resort at Stevens Pass heading to South. First part elevates about 1200 ft over area used for skiing in winter time, passing under funiculars up to top of the ridge. You can see a beautiful view to east and west sides from that point. Further, the trail descends down to a valley, crosses it and begins slowly elevating again. First small lake you see on the way is Lake Susan Jane. Than, the trail still elevating a little bit steeper, and you come to a nice view point where Josephine lake is visible down left of the trail. Descending to the lake is apparently impossible from that location, because the view point is located at the edge of practically vertical wall of rock covered with trees and shrubs.
Other hikers, whom we met on our way back to the parking lot, told us that it's possible to find a way to descend to the lake, but we should use another branch of the trail, which splits out of Pacific Crest shortly before we come to the view point.