Trap Lake Trail is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,070 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Spur trail from the PCT south of Stevens pass to Trap lake, a nice destination for backpackers. Access the lake from the Pacific Crest Trail near Trap pass.

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8 days ago

Giving four stars because I don't want to tank this trail's rating. I tried it today with limited success - there's still a lot of snow. The access road is blocked by snow drifts 0.5 miles. I mile up the road the road was blocked by a fallen tree. I hiked 0.8 miles up to the trailhead and then post-holed through the snow 0.7 miles up the trail towards Hope lake but was thwarted by a washed-out bridge and a trail that had become a waterfall. From the trailhead to that point there were loads of sketchy fragile snow bridges over streams and bits of the trail that had become streams. I had to do a lot of clambering to avoid unsafe areas. It may be another month or two before the trail is clear enough to be passable, but I'm looking forward to coming back and finishing it!

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8 months ago

Warning! Approx 1-1.5 miles into the trail before you hit Hope Lake there is an active bee or wasp nest on the ground. It will be to the left of the trail as you head toward hope lake. You can walk past it but be careful where you step, watch your pets and where you set down walking sticks. We got stung! The hike itself is incredible with lots of different terrains and features to see. The lake is very secluded as most hikers are doing the PCT and passing it on the ridge without visiting. Like some other commenters have said, if you see a fork, to the right up a small hill will be a PCT trail marker sign and to the left will be a downhill that takes you to the lake. Wore bug spray in and didn't have an issue with mosquitoes. Hope lake on the way is also gorgeous but very muddy. Much of the hike is shaded but there are a few ridge sections that get hot. If you're a more novice hiker doing this in 1 day, bring trekking poles - the hike back down is steep and hard on the joints.

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9 months ago

The first section to Hope Lake was exhausting, but it really is the worst part! Once you head to Trap Lake it’s still an incline most of the way but very doable. Brought 2 dogs with me, plenty of shade and creeks for them along the way. The views are incredible most of the way. Didn’t pass too many people and everyone was friendly. Round trip said 9.6 miles. When you get close to the lake there’s a fork, the upper path gives an amazing view of the lake and keeps going, and the left/lower path takes you down to the lake. We had it to ourselves for the first hour. Cold water but felt amazing!

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bugs
9 months ago

it's a great trail except for all the mosquitoes they might try to take you away

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10 months ago

Dirt road was easy and relatively short, parking is tight but can continue as far down the road as needed. First 1.5 miles to Hope Lake is exhausting with a pack but is definitely the worst part. Took us about 5 hours to get to Trap Lake including plenty of breaks and lunch at Hope Lake. Bugs were manageable while hiking but pretty bad at the lake, nets make a huge difference. We were the only group staying in the meadow, never saw anyone else’s campsites if they were there, just passers by. Such a beautiful and cold but refreshing lake and great destination for a one night trip with an abundance of beautiful views from the trail. Only animals we saw (besides mosquitoes) were lizards, frogs, fish and bats. Took about 3 hours to get down.

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rocky
10 months ago

FSR is in pretty good shape. Not a ton of parking but it's not a popular TH so not a huge worry. The first 1.5 miles (Tunnel Creek Trail) is strenuous, you'll definitely be sweating, heart pumping, feeling the legs. Once you hit the PCT it's a pretty mellow hike and beautiful. Mosquitoes were out in full force but not biting. Saw about 2 dozen hikers, probably 2/3rds were backpackers, including a PCT SOBO Thru Hiker. Trap Lake is beautiful like most alpine lakes. Also, a really CLEAN trail, good job all!

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Tue Jun 13 2017

I absolutely love this hike, it's doesn't take that long and is fairly easy with great views!

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Thu Aug 25 2016

Nice lake below Trap Pass. If approaching from Hope Lake the PCT is fairly gradual most of the way.

Sat Aug 06 2016

Absolutely stunning views of a deep, clear mountain lake. A must see!!

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Mon Aug 05 2013

This pretty little alpine lake was our lunch spot on a PCT hike south to Trap pass.

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