Larch Lake via North Fork Chiwaukum and McCue Ridge Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Larch Lake via North Fork Chiwaukum and McCue Ridge Trail is a 9.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,713 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Look online for Scottish Lakes High Camp, an outfit that mans a neat small lodge with a smattering of cabins for rent. Originally designed for backcountry skiing, it's a great base camp to get you quickly into Larch Lake. The trail here gains the top of McCue ridge, and then steadily angles down to the shores of Chiwaukum Lake, a large beautiful lake only 3 miles from High camp. The trail continues up along the stream that feeds the lake until you reach the Larch Lake basin. The surrounding mountains have received their first snow, and the lake is now brilliantly lit in fall colors.

backpacking
2 months ago

Do not use the directions from alltrails. Ended up on someones property. The guy who lived there told us there are two ways to get to Larch lake. One via High Camp. The road to the trail head is closed and many miles long. The second option was to hike chiwaukum lake then onto larch lake. This trail is NOT recommended. Started at 1 pm and arrived at chiwaukum at 1 am. The trail is in terrible condition and the mosquitoes are in full force. Tried the next morning to get to Larch lake but ran into heavy snow melting fast. The views and lake were beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

backpacking
Saturday, October 08, 2011