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Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Posted on Jun 3, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The breathtaking Alpine Lakes Wilderness covers over 400,000 acres of Washington’s central Cascades. An alpine wonderland of sawtooth spires, soaring peaks, shimmering turquoise lakes, golden larches, and ambling goats, the crown jewel of this Wilderness is the Enchantment Lakes. Renowned for its stunning beauty and proximity to Seattle, the Alpine Lakes is one of the most visited Wilderness Areas in the country.  

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness was designated in 1976, with a 22,000-acre addition signed into law by President Obama in 2014. Over a seven-year-long campaign, Washington Wild worked alongside Congressional champions Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA08), and Suzan DelBene (D-WA01) to make the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions a reality. This expansion extended federal protection to low-elevation habitat, a critical resource for wildlife in winter and spring, and designated 30 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and 10 miles of the Pratt as Wild and Scenic Rivers. 

The Alpine Lakes Wilderness boasts 615 miles of trail from 47 trailheads, including a 67-mile stretch of the PCT. 
Pratt River Trail 

Icicle Ridge Trail

Colchuck Lake Trail