Scatter Lake Trail

HARD 6 reviews

Scatter Lake Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Twisp, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.3 miles
3,917 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





2 months ago

Hiked this in mid-June. No snow. Trail starts pretty mild with lots of thick overgrowth and progresses into a steep ascent with no breaks. There's a few views of distant snow capped peaks through some trees along the way. Why the 2 stars? The trail isn't very scenic, until you reach Scatter Lake at the very end of the ascent. The trail itself is in poor shape, no wildlife, and with frequent widowmakers and stretches of loose rock to keep weary of. The only reason I would do this trail is to ascend Abernathy Mtn. Side note- We saw mountain lion scat on trail.

Monday, July 24, 2017

trail is 8.8 round trip, 4,100 up, up, up. steep, but you can hear the roar of the creek most of the way
the gorgeous falls come out of the lake.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hiked this today. Unfortunately we started late and had to turn back at 5240 ft. In order to descend before dark.
Thick snow and beautiful silence.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Trail to the lake is in good shape. After starting on the trail take the second right to Scatter Lake, the first right is Slate Creek. Good camping spots just off the lake shore. Lots of larch trees. If you decide to take on Abernathy Peak it is about .8 mile scramble and another 1300 ft elevation gain. There is a faint boot path to the to the left once you reach the saddle. The views of the surrounding peaks from the top are amazing.

Monday, September 30, 2013

It is a remarkable trail, relatively free of horse traffic, and, in fact, horse traffic is restricted around the lake. There are nice camp spots. The trail up goes through the zones from Ponderosa pine to small tamarack, and the trail becomes quite steep in the last 1/2 mile. The climb up to Abernathy Peak from the lake is not difficult, and one achieves fine views of the Pasayten Wilderness and the North Cascades.

Monday, August 07, 2017