Mileage: 9 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 3950ft/6000ft
Map: Green Trails Lake Wenatchee No. 145
Favorite Eats After Hike: Wallace Falls Café
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
2/23/2016 It seemed like a good day to head over the pass for some sunshine and we were rewarded.
We left the TH at about 9am with just a few people ahead of us on the trail. The bugs were in force in the parking lot, we headed up quickly and they calmed down. There was a nice breeze for a good part of our hike today.
The trail was mostly dry with some muddy spots where runoff is running down the trail. The windflowers are out and a lovely surprise. The view opens up to Lake Wenatchee where it was obvious the water was choppy. Plenty of blowdown, several quite large but all negotiable but one large mess covering a switchback that had to be cut. Hated to do it. Most of the overgrowth is down with the wildflowers on the first part of the trail.
Snow starts to cover in patches at about 4400ft, soft and postholing. We all had spikes and poles and some had snowshoes. We put spikes on at about 5200ft as the trail was completely covered and we skipped the idea of switchbacks and just went straight up. We never put on our snowshoes.
The views at the top were amazing but the wind was cold and after hiking mostly in base layers we quickly put on everything we brought including gloves.
The trip down included some glissading in the soft snow and returning to warmer temps. Layers came back off as well as spikes. We were back to the cars at 3pm.
Directions: Drive east on Hwy 2 to Coles Corner AKA Hwy 207. Turn north and follow it for 8.5 miles, the turnoff to the parking area is marked on the right. If you pass the ranger station, you went too far. NW Forest Pass required.