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Schaefer Lake via Chiwawa River Road is a 8.6 mile out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 2,798 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake River Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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David Katz
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David Katz
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MK Brown
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HikingBugsOver grown

Hiked in late July. The mosquitoes were terrible and the trail is very overgrown at multiple places. A lot of work for little payoff, but the lake was very pretty. Huckleberries are in season so take a bag for picking!

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Madeline Nelson
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BlowdownBugsMuddyOver grownSnow

We hiked this trail mid June, and had an absolute blast! If you are more of an adventurous hiker than this trail is for you. Right out of the gates you begin the journey with one of the coolest log crossings I have ever come across. This large spanning log jam is fun and interesting, and offers not only gorgeous views but a truely unique experience. Just dont fall in. Once you enter the Cedar grove, the trail was super muddy and had a lot of standing water.... thus A LOT of Mosquitoes. We did not bring hiking sandals, so we ended rolling up our pants and hiking through this section barefoot as some of these puddles were knee deep for me. (I am 5'6) once we were out of this area the bugs layed off and we entered an extremely overgrown section of trail through lowland/wetland/deciduous/ marshy like land. If you dont mind a bit of bushwhacking, it isnt bad, and is quite beautiful, as is the delightful smell of spring. The trail clears out quite a bit once you begin to ascend. There was a decent amount of blow down along the entire length of the trail, but nothing unmanageable. Very snowy towards the top, however the trail follows the creek so the lakes were easy to find even though it was clear no one else had made the trek. The first lake is absolutely gorgeous, and quite peaceful. If you didn't know there was another lake just over yonder you would be content with stopping here. However, the larger lake basin is enormous. Much larger and grander than I had expected. We will definitely return in the later Summer or early Fall to see this lake snow-free. For wildlife, we really did not see much. We did find plenty of edible and inedible mushrooms, and enjoyed a fair amount the usual wildflowers. Gorgeous sneak peek views of the basin below and plenty of adventure to be had.

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Randy Schliep
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Trail slightly overgrown in places but trail is easy enough to acquire. Log crossing is easily crossed but use caution. The lake is spectacular but the mosquitos this time of year make loitering at the lake nearly impossible. Several logs across the trail but all are navigable, just somewhat tiring.

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Kaylie Woods
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HikingMuddyOver grown

The lake itself is pretty, but the trail isn’t the best. It’s very lightly trafficked (which is awesome) but that means the whole trail is super brushy, not a big deal but not fun without thick pants on. The first mile or so is pretty mellow and then you really start to feel that elevation gain. For the work you put in, it’s not anything crazy special.

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Nick Romans
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HikingOver grown

Great, little get out and back for the weekend. Just enough [intense] elevation over a short distance to remind a desk jockey how little they get out anymore. Lots o' vegetation at the beginning, but things out with elevation. At the lowest elevations, in the summer/fall time, you're legs will be insanely happy if you wore VERY light pants.

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Jim Rathbun
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The lake was beautiful but was quite crowded. The trail wasn’t to bad except for the bees.

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Steve Seigel
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Tore Hanssen
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Jabang Lustina
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Dane Nelson
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Ryan Stull
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Jeff Stull
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Jackie Serrano
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Jesse Clark
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Jesse Clark
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