In contrast to the solitude of Chikamin Lake during the past several days, Glacier Lake was bustling with campers and day-trippers on this Saturday morning. More info here. The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a large wilderness area in the North Cascades mountain range, located in northern Washington state, the Northwestern United States. Along the Little Kachess Trail. From there we followed the trail up to the primitive creek crossing. Getting There Generally, approaches are from the PCT North trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass. Pilar in the rock field next to Glacier Lake. We arrived Chikamin Lake around 7pm. Alternatively, hike in Pete Lake and access on the east side of the ridge, or camp at Chikamin Lake and ascend the north face snow ramp to the summit block. From the small, unnamed lake above Glacier Lake, travel along the south side of the lake then head generally west to southwest up large rock and heather faces to saddle south of Chikamin Peak at ~6,200 ft (alternatively the ridge north of the saddle at ~6,400 ft can be easily gained). If you find the right gully, the more direct route from the PCT is probably shorter and faster. 4.7mi: After crossing Chikamin Creek, pass the Chikamin Creek Orv Tr1534 intersection on the right and go left to tackle the 12%, 5.3mi Lower Chiwawa ORV Tr1548 ascent to the Chikamin Ridge summit. We made the mistake of gaining the ridge west of the peak and had to contour the steep south side right below the summit. The icy wind stopped us from taking a swim before dinner. After missing the trail junction to Chikamin Lake, we found ourselves taking a much harder and longer approach through a high saddle above Chikamin Lake. Upper Chikamin Tie Trail to Pond Camp Tie Trail, Lake Wenatchee Richard Sather. From the saddle head north to the summit. We left the Pete Lake TH at 8:00 Saturday morning and began our uneventful hike up to Spectacle Lake. Chikamin Lake from Mapcarta, the free map. The Beautiful Colchuck Lake Hike, Leavenworth, Washington, PNW, USA - … The crux of Chikamin Peak, a short and easy section of Class 3 scrambling. My first trip with the new Issaquah based troop was a 3 day backpacking trip to Spectacle Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness with older scouts going to make an attempt of Chikamin Peak. I remember all the classic beginner mistakes I made like wearing a cotton T-shirt, carrying a blow up air mattress and an inadequate, Wal-Mart tent. The downside is you have to lose 600' descending down to the lake, and you definitely feel that on the way back. We took our first break at Pete Lake, which was surprisingly empty of campers. Chikamin Lake and beyond, from the summit of Chikamin Peak. Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are protected within the Wenatchee National Forest or Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.A list of notable lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is shown, below. Chikamin Lake is a lake in Washington and has an elevation of 5778 feet. Around 4am, the wind stopped. Denny Rock, inscribed by Rolland Denny in 1899. Hike for several miles until passing under Chikamin Ridge. Glacier and Spectacle Lakes from the summit of Chikamin. We came up from Chikamin Lake after climbing Lemah, completing a loop back to camp at Spectacle Lake that was longer than we planned for. Sandals made the mid-calf ford pleasant. It was surprisingly higher than expected. After reading a few trip reports, it looked like the Mineral Creek - Glacier Lake route might be the best choice. If coming from that side, go up the steep snow to the notch east (left) of the summit. Steep snow to the primitive creek crossing icy wind stopped us from a. 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