Monday, May 22, 2006

Lake Wenatchee Area, Washington

A good hike for younger children (and even older ones) is the Hidden Lake Trail, #1510, south of Lake Wnatchee. From Highway 207, turn west on Cedar Brae Rd. For 2.6 miles, this road is paved, then travel .3 miles to where the road splits, veer left, following the sign to Glacier View Campground. The short road into the trailhead parking is signed. The trailhead parking is at GPS 47.49.298N, 120.48.205W.
The trail climbs perhaps 100 feet in .7 mile through the forest to a very nice clear, green lake surrounded by mountains. Wildlife includes rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, woodpeckers, varied thrush and various waterfowl at the lake depending on the season. (We had a great view of a female common merganser.) Look for huckleberries in season. We’ve heard that "fishing is good if there aren’t too many people swimming."

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