Minotaur Lake Trail

HARD 34 reviews
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Minotaur Lake Trail is a 3.7 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 June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2565 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

lake

river

views

blowdown

scramble

Directions from Lake Wenatchee: Take National Forest Road 65 west to Forest Service Road 6701. Turn left onto 6701, then left again onto 6700. Continue on this road for approximately five miles to Forest Service Rd 6704. The Minotaur Trailhead lies about a half mile up.

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1 month ago

Probably one of my favorites in the area now. We continued down to Theseus (beware, it's a slippery scramble) and enjoyed absolute peace while there were numerous parties picking their ways around Minotaur. Both lakes are stunning.

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1 month ago

Hard climb in. Not just a steep hike, but a climb, and totally worth it! Took two hours to get in for three of us in moderate shape. Lots of huckelberries . Beautiful views. Perfect weather. My two daughters hiked down to Thesus and back. Glad I passed. Six hour round trip included hike in, a nice lunch, swim and some exploring, and hike back down. Would like to stay overnight next time.

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1 month ago

This was a very hard trail but totally worth it once you get to the top. Very steep but so beautiful everywhere you look.

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3 months ago

Beautiful day for a hike! The first mile is a grind, but you are rewarded once you get to the top. The views are stunning and the lake is crystal clear. The trail wasn't bad with only a few muddy spots at the very top that were easily avoidable. I was worried the trail wouldn't be long enough but the incline makes up for the distance.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Super steep first half. poles helped. mud and snow at top, lake still had some ice. the road coming from lake Wenatchee is better but both r fine. great hike except 4 loud lady talkers with a big dog that kept running at us barking, rude people. did it 3 times, she didn't care. buy a leash, we don't all enjoy big dogs running at us, please!
Gorgeous lake however!

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3 months ago

why is this trail on here twice? this description is more accurate, steep. poles helped. 3 loud lady talkers at Lake wrecked it plus their large white dog keep running at us barking, 3 times, how rude, Get a leash. she didn't even try or apologize. snow and mud at top. Flowers should be great in a few weeks by lake.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Difficult hike with fantastic views! Worth every step!

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3 months ago

Amazing hike! Hit snow at 5,100. Tough to keep the trail but followed the tracks from earlier hikers. Made it to the top but the snow made it a challenge. Both lakes are beautiful (Minotaur still mostly frozen). From the summit you can see south to the tip of Ranier, north to Baker and east to Lakes Wenatchee and Fish.

4 months ago

Went this past weekend (6/10/17) and the road was blocked off. we ignored it thinking it was probably placed there a while ago. As we went up to the trail head (dirt road) there were at least 4 spots that had bear feces on the road. Just a precaution. Snow made it impossible to reach the trailhead but was very close. We got 1/3 of the way up the trail and hit snow though. Since the trail was hidden we made a choice to turn back. Heading out again later this summer! Very pretty area near Lake Wenatchee.

4 months ago

Beautiful surroundings. But unfortunately was not able to get up to the trail head due to downed trees and still too much snow. will try again in a few months.

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5 months ago

Great hike one of my favorites, I have completed this 3 times now. Bit steep at the beginning so get your lungs ready but once you get closer to the top it opens up/flattens out and is stunning.

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016