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Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

The 153,057-acre Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness straddles the Sawtooth Ridge that separates the Methow Valley and Lake Chelan. With most trails only accessible by connecting to trails starting in North Cascades National Park or Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, ferry, or private craft, this place offers a quintessential Wilderness experience. Boasting a diverse mixture of dense forest, meadows, alpine slopes, deep ravines cut by creeks, lakes tucked into scenic cirques, and sweeping views along the ridgeline, the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness is a remote and lovely escape from urban life. 

The Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness was protected in 1984 by the Washington State Wilderness Act. Washington Wild was founded in 1979 with the goal of building a local grassroots movement to protect Wilderness areas throughout Washington. After five years of advocacy and organizing, the Washington State Wilderness Act of 1984 marked the organization’s first major victory. 

Chelan Lakeshore Trail 

Twisp Pass Trail