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Lake Augusta Trail is a 13 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.0 mi Elevation gain 5,029 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Snow
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Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Leavenworth: Travel north on Highway 2 to Forest Service Road 7905, just south of Tumwater. Turn right onto 7905 and continue for about 2 miles to the end of the road. Trail can also be accessed from Icicle Ridge Trail.

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Lukas Salo
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Backpacking

Completed 9/13 - 9/14. Mostly smoke free once we go about 1,500 ft above the parking lot. Road is washed out 1 mile below the trail head, only 4x4s can get passed. Trail is at least 15 miles round trip. GPS measured 7.4 miles in and 7.8 out. First 3.5 miles is an absolute grind. A group of four hunters we passed with large packs didn't make it and had to camp at mile 5. A great hike and beautiful lake for experienced backpackers in good physical condition

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Suzy D
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Hiking

USFS started clearing out the trees this weekend! The trail is almost pretty much clear. This is a 16 mile hike to the lake and back. The wildflowers are mostly dead until you hit the Icicle Ridge trail. The lake was beautiful and cold!

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Ruth Pilat
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Quite possibly one of the best backpacking trip I’ve ever done. The first 2 miles are absolutely grueling, but if you can make it past the overgrown brush in the beginning and the several downed trees and debris, you’re in for some awesome views. It’s a very challenging hike and the elevation gain is massive, but the lake is worth it. The second day we hiked to Big Jim which was also quite steep, but very doable considering we had no packs. The lake is pretty much all melted, but some snow patches still exist. We were lucky enough to have the whole alpine lake to ourselves for the weekend! Definitely keep and eye on the weather and temps before you go — we were graced with all of the elements over the weekend which definitely made for an adventure! Overall, very challenging but rewarding trip.

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Eric Onnen
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HikingOver grownRockySnow

Very challenging single-day hike. Would recommend completing in 2 days, i sure plan to next time. Got to the trailhead 7:30am and finished 6:30pm, 11hrs total time. Length was 15.7mi when i recorded it. Last 1/4 of the hike to the lake is completely snow, pretty easy to get lost. We managed to complete it with no crampons, only poles and good boots. Temp at the lake around 1pm was 38f with wind, so bring warming layers for when you stop to rest. At least 30 or so trees you'll have to climb over in the first half of the trail, once you hit snow they aren't as bad.

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Andrew Swanson
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HikingIcyMuddyOver grownSnow

Beautiful views of surrounding peaks, the Wenatchee valley and of course Augusta Lake. Still LOTS of snow near the lake (last .25 miles or so) and you will hit other snowy patches or varying severity between the halfway point and the lake. Many a burnt tree to climb over in the first couple miles. I've never done the PCT, but there are many stretches of this trail that resemble what I'd imagine it looking like - narrow footpath that isn't super steep and meanders through meadows and switches back down or up super steep grades. Yes, the forest at the beginning is completely burnt from fires, but looks very surreal (see pics). We did this as a day hike starting around 7:30a, back to the car around 12 hours later. Definitely start early if you aren't overnighting. Should be much easier and somewhat shorter once the snow is gone in a month or so.

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Chelsea Momany
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HikingMuddyOver grownScramble

Beautiful views on this hike, but be warned. The tail is very overgrown and there are so many trees that have fallen down over the trail. It’s probably 50% hiking and 50 % climbing over logs and trying to find the trail. Bring your machete! The road is also fairly bumpy on the way up.

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Tony Pemberton
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HikingSnow

Beautiful trail as always coming out here. Lots of down trees on the first portion so be ready to do a little climbing. There is definitely snow on top of the mountains for the last 2-3 miles of the hike but it’s fairly hard so crampons would do the trick right now. Trail is covered in snow though so make sure to follow the map as best as you can, we took the north hatchery creek trail to stay on the ridge lines to have a better view. Would suggest everyone that can come to make it out here. I was closer to 8 miles and just under 8k ft elevation gain overall.

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Marianne Wilkins
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HikingNo shadeOver grown
First to Review

fall colors were spectacular. lake was stunning and solitude was awesome. it's actually 7.9 miles to the lake. I backpacked in for the weekend and did a triple summit if some 7700ft peaks in the area. it really does climb, climb, and climb some more but 100% worth it

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Steven Kirk
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Lavena Staten
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HikingMuddy
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Bella Blue Evans
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Hiking
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Tyler Hyslop
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Hiking
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Marcus Sanchez
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Lavena Staten
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Hiking
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Taylor Nations
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Hiking
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Taylor Nations
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