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Waptus River

Snoqualmie Region


Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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22.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 3100 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

Beginning from the heart of Salmon La Sac and terminating at the Pacific Crest Trail, the Waptus River trail offers miles of hiking through dry, open forest and beautiful lakes in the Alpine Lakes wilderness then a little bit of a climb before arriving at the iconic trail high on a ridgeline in the Central Cascades.

From the trailhead, follow a gently undulating trail for six miles, winding past rocky bluffs and small pools of clear water, finally joining up with the wide, clear Waptus River.

After six miles of relatively flat walking, the trail meets up with Trail Creek Trail and begins climbing away from the river for two miles, delivering hikers to Waptus Pass Trail.

A bridge here used to cross Spinola Creek before heading back to Waptus Lake, but a flood took the bridge out, and now hikers can use the nearby Horse Ford, which is accessed from Waptus Pass Trail.

After crossing the river, the trail continues straight on to Waptus Lake. Here it rejoins the Waptus River Trail, proceeding around the lake for a mile and a half, at which point it turns away from the lake and heads uphill for another half mile to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail.


Waptus River

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4092, -121.1038 Open map in new window


Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Waptus Pass Trail (#1329), Waptus River (#1310)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Getting There

Drive I-90 to exit 80, Rosyln/Salmon La Sac. Turn left on Bullfrog Road and follow for 2.8 miles. At the first traffic circle, go through to continue on Bullfrog Road. At the second traffic circle, take the second exit onto WA-903 N/Salmon La Sac Road. Head north through the town of Roslyn and follow the Salmon La Sac Road for 16.7 miles to a Y. Take the left fork across a bridge to the Salmon La Sac campground. Campground entrance is to the left. Take a right and follow the road 0.5 miles to the trailhead.

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Northwest Forest Pass

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